post-viva reflections

Flowers from Cristina Devecchi after the viva For six years, there’s been a V-shaped light at the end of the PhD tunnel. Now the viva […]

Reviewing and revising

One of the strange but common occurrences in producing large pieces of writing is that the writer frequently becomes so close to the text that […]

The Cinderella Paradox

image from https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/cinderella-having-tried-on-the-glass-slipper-produces-its-news-photo/3322408 Research based on teaching and learning has been named the Cinderella of higher education. As a result, the scholarly endeavours of practitioners […]

Appendices and archives

As with every piece of substantial research, it can be a problem to decide what needs to stay in the main text and what can […]

A PhD is a thing of joy

image from https://pixabay.com/photos/backdrop-block-brick-building-21534/ Since seeing the quote ‘a PhD is a thing of joy‘ at last week’s Research Conference at the University of Northampton, I’ve […]

The Other Side of Lurking Part Three – rethinking digital practice

image from https://pixabay.com/photos/zen-stacked-stone-meditation-1412305/ As I prepare to leave my current role, my visible digital participation has reduced to an occasional retweet. I’m now watching from […]

Checking references and citations

It is amazing how many students get into a muddle over the simple process of ensuring accurate links to the supporting evidence for their claims. […]

Conclusions and recommendations

For a PhD, indeed for most academic research, the researcher is judged more on the quality and justification of the research method, rather than getting […]

On the development of digital practice…

image from https://pixabay.com/photos/files-paper-office-paperwork-stack-1614223/ 241 pages (without the front bits and bibliography) 77298 words (and rising) My thesis is now in a single word file and […]

digital presence as an indicator of digital capital

image from https://pixabay.com/photos/sheep-bleat-communication-2372148/ The Community of Inquiry model suggests successful online education requires cognitive, teaching and social presences.  I’d agree that designing around this combination […]

The value of research into practice

image from https://pixabay.com/en/puzzle-missing-particles-654963/ The requirements of a PhD are straightforward. It should produce robust claims for an original contribution to knowledge. In other words, what […]

Digital practice

image from https://pixabay.com/en/web-network-programming-3706562/ Mistakes can be useful learning tools but we’re rarely rewarded for getting something wrong. Another way to learn is to have something […]

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