There are times when I lament how hard it is to do a PhD: countless hours writing and thinking that I no longer know what I’ve written or think anymore. Or the constant worry that no-one will be interested in my research when, and if, I ever finish this d@%n thesis! But when I feel like that, I try to shake my focus from my #firstworldproblems and start concentrating on what is great about doing a PhD- conferences! Continue reading
Long time, no see!
Well it’s been a while between blog posts, or drinks as they say. I’ve had a few things that have distracted me: children, job, washing hair. Oh yeah, and that thing called a PhD thesis. Continue reading
Facebook for learning
Wikis for teaching
This week I’m celebrating my first academic publication about a project I did with a group of English language students in an academic preparation course using wikis for writing practice. After the initial excitement of being published, and showing off my name in print to my kids (who promptly asked what was for dinner) it’s given me reason to revisit what I learned about wikis for teaching. The three most important points can be summed up as 1) choose your wiki carefully, 2) spend some time creating productive relationships, and 3) instill new ways of thinking about authorship. Continue reading
Onwards and upwards!
So here I am at the beginning of my journey into PhD land! I had planned on calling this blog ‘accidental academic’, but alas, the name was already taken! Does this mean that I’m not the only one who has unwittingly found themselves in the world of academia? Continue reading