Still going, very slowly, but I am progressing. I think my brain is a bit tired and maybe it is the up and down on the train and the endless miles and the sleepless nights on the 12th floor next to the A6.
I have started reading about PBL and there is a lot to read, believe me. I have a good picture of a type of PBL in my head, I think, but when I study the different books and articles and papers, I get a bit confused but then again, I guess it is normal. We all put our own spices on PBL as we would do if we would cook the same dish. It would never taste the same. The experience would be unique. All experiences are unique. Even if we would put in the same ingredients. It would never taste the same, would it? Could it? Still need to do a lot of studying on PBL and Academic Development in general and have a look around to discuss if PBL has been used within Academic Development. So far, I haven’t discovered anything.
Beyond the literature review, which I find extremely hard at the moment!!!, I have started shaping a space to be used from September for the trial which is available at http://onlinepbl.wordpress.com Not much is there yet, but I will be adding bits and pieces over the summer and get ready.
Good news! I have my 2 academic developers and yes, they are from different institutions. Now I need 6 lecturers who will start the PgCert in Teaching and Learning in HE/Academic Practice during the next academic year. If you are one of them and are reading this post, please get in touch if you would like to get involved.
I need new duracel
I am trying to get started with my research project for the MSc in Blended and Online Education I am completing at the moment and have to admit that I struggle today to write anything. I have set myself a personal daily target of words I have to write and just feel that I can’t do it today. Maybe it is just a bad day (is my head full of other things???), maybe I am just too tired and my brain doesn’t work properly. Am I too strict with myself?
Ok, I have made a start, using the template and have some information in some sections. Of course, it is just a draft and many things will change until submission but I just want to do some more!
Anyway, I hope to find the energy and the brainpower soon because I have to compile the literature review and start creating the online space to be used from Sep/Oct. I hope I will manage… I have to!!!
light and bright
Week 1 was good, felt really nice to be here. Everybody is friendly and helpful.
Hard because my boys are far far away during the week but hopefully it won’t be for very long.
Living in student halls again is interesting and the main thing I noticed is the characteristic smell. Nothing bad, just very distinct. A rich mix of aromas and flavours from around the world all put together in a pot. Really reminds me of Bradford uni and the halls there when I spend a semester there as an exchange students. Many years ago… but the smell is still in my nose and in my brain.
I feel positive about the move and the potential this job has within a team of very motivated and passionate people.