Monday, 14 October 2013

My Research Thoughts

It seems I must narrow down what I want to do for my Master of Ed research. Just as I think I have it figured out, my brain takes off on another tangent. I never had to worry about "declaring a major" in my undergrad, but I think I now know how that feels and the stress it causes!

So - here's what I'm thinking ...
1) What's the continuance rate of students who use AT, and why?
2) Once introduced to technology, how do teachers transform their practice?

I think the broad topic is Transformative Learning and/or Transformative PD (nudged to this conclusion by my professor, Dr. Lorayne Robertson)

My goals for the first would be to figure out why students are reluctant to use AT and how to overcome that.
My goal for the second would be to find what works for teachers to transform their practice and what is still needed?
My ultimate goal with this M.Ed is to teach AQ courses, so maybe I should focus on the adult learner. However, I'm currently so immersed in the adolescent learner and accessibility, adaptability, UDL as it relates to Student Success, that I feel like I should focus here too ...aggghhh!

Here's my concept map:
It's no wonder I can't zero in ...

THOUGHTS? (please ...)

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Restarting the Blog Thing

So - I've decided to restart the Blog thing. I can see the value of writing down my thoughts and thinking and presenting my metacognition in written form. I'm just not sure I feel confident enough to share it with anyone. We'll see ...

So - in my Master's program, my brain is exploding! I'm taking the 1st of 10 courses for the M.Ed, through UOIT. It's all done online, through Adobe Connect - a synchronous chat room. The 2 courses I'm taking are Research Methods in Education and Social and Cultural Context in Education. Both courses are vastly different in content, professor, delivery and student complement and I'm loving both of them.

Research Methods seems very high-level to me, in one way. I've never taken any research courses, so I feel a bit like I'm swimming upstream - but I am still swimming! In this course, we are being pushed, somewhat, to decide on our research focus and on the type of delivery we want to choose (project, thesis, portfolio). I have 3 areas that I'm looking at and I just can't decide which one I want to choose, because they are all so interesting! Despite (or maybe because of?) the brain stretching that I'm experiencing, I love this course and the content and even the prospect of completing the assignments! I wonder if I'll say this once I get the marks back ....?

The Social and Cultural context course is challenging in a more reflective way. It's a course where we are presented with ideas and phenomena and asked to reflect on them within our own practice. The readings are in this course are more in number, but not necessarily as dense as those in the Research Methods course. The instructor is a sociolinguist, which is quite fascinating. The assignments in this course are also interesting in that we have to respond to a certain number of Discussion questions and we have to create 5 Wiki entries. I like this variance!

So - thanks to the encouragement of Aviva Dunsiger (@avivaloca) or for restarting this blog thing and to Doug Peterson (@dougpete) or
Not only are they wonderful cheerleaders, but they also provide great Blog exemplars!

Tomorrow - my 3 ideas for this colossal endeavour called the MASTERS!