Posted: November 6, 2013 in dissertation
So I did the first round of my pilot study back in July, but after the fall semester started I haven’t had a lot of time to look for additional participants. As a result I have not have much progress.
On a positive note I have been participating in the Online Instruction for Open Educators MOOC and have gained insight into some areas that I was wanting to add more detail when I finish.
I need to get back to work and finish up the pilot so that I can deploy the real survey by the end of the month.
Posted: November 6, 2013 in dissertation
This post is in response to the Online Instruction for Open Educators MOOC.
This week we were asked to reflect on the changes that are happening due to the abundance of information, and Rhizomatic Education.
I am glad that I was introduced to Dave Cormier through this section of the class. These writings have given me terminology and a foundation for my feelings about education that I didn’t know how to accurately express. Rhizomatic Education is now a term that I will use when describing learning activities that take place in non-formal education.
The readings and discussions this week have allowed me to reflect on how I use this pedagogy in my classes, and have given a foundation for how I I can move forward in creating a more open learning environment. Today I met with a colleague from a different school about presenting a series of workshops for a club of which he is the advisor. The discussions we have had this week have caused me to think about changing the way that I have been planning on presenting the materials to the students. I am trying to figure out how I can give them a starting point and just enough direction so that they can find the information that they need, and then a way to use what they find in the workshops.
Posted: May 30, 2013 in dissertation
Today I had my proposal defense. I arrived an hour and a half early in order to setup and make sure everything was working. I set out fresh copies of my proposal, printouts of my presentation, pens, water, and snacks for my committee members, and visitors.
One of my committee members arrived between 15 and 20 minutes late, I also had two members of my cohort come to watch. I presented my materials for almost 40 minutes. Following my presentation I answered questions for nearly an hour. Much of the discussion focused on narrowing my focus and if I would really be able to get the number of participants that I stated. There was also a discussion on how the questions on my survey supported answering my research questions. Following the discussion I left the room while my committee discussed it for almost half an hour. Upon reentering the room my chair congratulated me on passing the defense, and went once the changes that they wanted to make, all of which were things that I discussed with them. The two biggest things were that I am going to remove one of my questions, and use one that I had removed since my initial outline. The other major item was that they want me to set up a deadline for seeking RDS participants, and a plan b in case RDS does not yield enough.
Posted: May 27, 2013 in Uncategorized
It has been weird not writing my dissertation or papers for over a week. Last week I created the PowerPoint for my presentation, I just have a few more slides to add. This week I will be making a few final additions to my planned analysis methods in chapter 3 in both the paper and presentation. Additionally, I plan on calling my committee members on Wednesday morning to see if there are any concerns, or things that they want me to explicitly cover in my presentation. I am debating creating the actual survey in qualtrics before the defense so that I can include the full instrument in my proposal. I also need to write the recruitment letters and informed consent forms for the survey and interviews.
Posted: May 17, 2013 in dissertation
I figured out how to use an automatically generated link that includes a tracking I’d for the referrer that I can embed into the results of the referee. So I no longer have technical issues with using RDS as a sampling method.
Last night I submitted my second set of revisions (3rd draft) to my chair. Within an hour she responded that they looked good, and just a few very minor additions were needed, and to check the formatting after accepting the changes (track changes was on for this revision) before I sent it on. I made the changes, and checked everything this morning on the train to work, and then sent it to my committee.
Last night after receiving her Email I went to timetomeet.com and sent my committee members an email so that I could identify common times that they were available the last week of May.
Posted: May 16, 2013 in dissertation, Research
Tuesday afternoon my chair returned my second draft. Since I decided to only use tree theory of individual difference and credentialing theory I, can now move a couple sections around to improve the flow.
The biggest change is the thing I have been struggling with the most, a method for creating my sample frame and selecting the sample. Each draft I have turned in has had a different method. The problem I have run into is identifying all potential participants. My chair recommended that I look into respondent directed sampling. It is similar to snowball, but has a model to estimate randomness. I will be using it, but need to figure out the logistical details.
Other than that it is just minor changes that I hope to complete today.
Posted: May 13, 2013 in dissertation
This weekend included 22 hours of work making all the needed changes and additions to my proposal. This included an entire restructuring of chapter 2.
I realized that when I was writing I forgot to include page numbers for all of my direct quotes, so I spent a while yesterday finding them all.
Also towards the end if writing a new section yesterday I thought to include information on most managers coming from either business or engineering backgrounds, but couldn’t remember where I read about it last week. I guess that is the hardest part for me; remembering who said what.
I also revised my survey and created a flow chart for the branching at various stages. My chair pointed out that we have access to qualtrics, which offers many more choices than survey monkey. So I spent several hours exploring its features, and specifying question types as well add logic for my survey.
Hopefully she will have only minor changes and I can work on scheduling my preliminary defense.