2019: A topsy turvy year

I've just had two full weeks off. This is the longest, actual 'not working in any way' period for many years and surprise, surprise it was also the first Christmas break without illness. The only concession was PhD reading. Instead it was fighting for top scores on the Wii, baking, walking and playing scrabble. All... Continue Reading →

Slow workshop ALT Winter Conference

Yesterday I facilitated a LEGO® Serious Play® (LSP) workshop at the 2019 ALT Winter Conference. This was the second time I had a go running this very hands on, practical workshop virtually. Last year I used the MashMe system which allowed all participants to be on video at all times but proved tricky holding down... Continue Reading →

PhD Year 1: Thinking

This being my last post in my week long challenge, brevity is the name of the game - it's Friday evening and I'm totally out of juice. My thinking spaces across the week included the train, the library (with views of the sea) and the beach; and the sun shone throughout which helps no end. Spaces... Continue Reading →

PhD Year 1: Threads

Daily reminders in the form of emails from the University of Edinburgh inform me of vast numbers of presentations, training workshops, seminars, support opportunities and social events. Mostly I let them flow past me, quickly scanning to determine the relevance, the majority ending up deleted, but occasionally I get a tinge of FOMO. It would... Continue Reading →

PhD Year 1: Calmer waters

Having moved jobs since the fog descended, both role and institution (an exciting change of circumstances), I am now in a much calmer mental place. In addition, after a couple of really productive supervisor meetings I have stopped constantly worrying that I am 'behind' and am slowly navigating towards a point on the very distant... Continue Reading →

PhD Year 1: More hurdles

My good Twitter friend and fellow #mscde colleague Sandra sent me this lovely message back in January. I side stepped the issue by replying with a brief message back to say I was adding the advice chart to my (never ending) reading list. Sandra is also inspirational in her regular posts about her journey on... Continue Reading →

Gearing up for my PhD: Induction

I've been seriously neglecting my PhD posts so I'm going to do a speed catch up over the week, starting off with the official start date: 1st October 2018, Induction Day. As I'm an unofficially distance student it was great to get to Edinburgh for this but I wondered how much would be relevant to... Continue Reading →

OER19: tears, laughter and hope

OER was the one conference over the years that was always on my 'must go' list but I never felt that I had a legitimate reason. I wasn't formally involved in open education, either for research or teaching and learning. Yet, by default, I am an open practitioner, I instinctively share and ensure that as... Continue Reading →

2018: A Year of Fun

Good grief if I don't press the Publish button now it is going to be 2020, I've already rewritten this about three times and it's not as if it is a work of literary genius. Looking back to this time last year I was reticent about doing a 2017 round up as it had been... Continue Reading →

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