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What makes a good research question and where to begin?

By on Jun 30, 2021 in LRNT 522 | 4 comments

    A good research question can be something that guides you and keeps you on track. A good question should be researchable, specific, relevant, focused, and viable. When starting out you should choose a broad topic. The next step is to read as much as you can about the topic. As you read you can start narrowing down the topic. When you have narrowed down the topic you should discover a research problem. When you have chosen your research problem you need transform it into a research question. Remember that it must not be too broad or too complex. It should also be worthwhile.    To summarize, a good question should be:   focused researchable feasible not too complex specific  relevant       

Unit 3 Readings and Reflections

By on May 9, 2021 in LRNT 521 | 2 comments

  Upon reading The Internet and Higher Thinking by Garrison, Anderson and Archer, I reflected on the collaborative constructivist perspectives mentioned and that teaching and learning transactions should incorporate a learner’s personal sphere into consideration for meaningful knowledge. That was something that I knew instinctively but had never read, written or spoke about in all of my years teaching and that cognition and cognitive development ought not to be divided from social circumstance (Garrison et al., 2000). “The educational process has two sides, one psychological and one social and that neither can be subordinated to the other or neglected without evil results following”. (Dewey 1959). From my own personal limited experiences with online learning many years ago, I realized that my limited success in class was due to the missing elements that Garrison mentioned above...

I am a Node in a Network of Others

By on May 6, 2021 in LRNT 521 | 2 comments

“sonder n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.”  – Niel de la Rouviere  Having read much this week about crowds, groups, networks, tribes and demes, I considered what precisely the word node meant. Deciding to look it up in the Merriam- Webster Dictionary, I found there were definitions for the word in different fields such as physics, astronomy, anatomy, botany and grammar. In botany, the...

LRNT 521 Unit 2 – Activity 3 | Begin Assignment 1:  – My Digital Presence – Goals for the Future

By on Apr 27, 2021 in LRNT 521 | 7 comments

Reflecting on my online digital presence before and after the pandemic, I noticed that it has altered how I choose to interact on and offline with friends, family, colleagues and students. Before the pandemic most of my organizational relationships were completely face-to-face or through email. At the start of the pandemic within the span of a week everything went completely online. Our organization didn’t have the technology, infrastructure or training so it was crisis learning at its best and worst. Our board made most of the choices as to how our members interacted professionally online. In my personal sphere I had always had a very large digital footprint. The pandemic changed everything and this was compounded by the news in America. It was disheartening. Invasive surveillance, algorithms that had discrimination built in and fake news that had me disillusioned and questioning my...

521 Unit 2 – Activity 2 Map your use of technology as it pertains to the resident-visitor typology

By on Apr 25, 2021 in LRNT 521 | 4 comments

  I am still processing so much and trying to make sense of the excellently curated readings for unit two. After looking at my map, I tried to make sense of it and what it meant to me. The three spaces I spend a lot of time in that are represented on my map are Teams, Instagram and Google Docs. Teams is a messaging app, and a workspace for real-time coaction and communication via video, teams and chat functions for meetings and lessons. Instagram is a photo-sharing app which lets users apply filters to photos and share them with friends, family and followers. Users can also link their accounts to other social media networks. Lastly, Google Docs, is a potent, living collaborative tool that can be used to edit text. More than one person can edit the text while seeing others’ edits simultaneously.  My perception and understanding of what social media is has altered through engaging...

By on Apr 18, 2021 in LRNT 521 | 11 comments

LRNT 521 Unit 1 – Activity 3 Virtual Symposium Critical Academic Reflective Blog Post As I reflect on this week of the virtual symposium and unit 1 of LRNT 521, I was confronted with feelings of exhilaration and apprehension. Excitement for all the novel things that I am learning and the fascinating people I am meeting. There is the spirit of potential that I felt listening to Dave Cormier’s presentation: Intentional Messiness of Online Communities. Cormier reflected “Open learning can get messy. You do get the learning all over you”(Cormier, 2017, 26:56). Diluting the last three weeks I have read papers and watched videos that inspired me. One hour of planned study turned into a day. I am trying to savour all these moments not just because doing a masters has been a dream of mine for many years but also because I know these two years will be over in a blink. Although excited, I have...