125 Posts Categorized "Open Participants 2019"

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Open Participants 2019, The Network

Writer’s Block

I’ve stalled. With just under five months till I submit my completed thesis I have run out of steam. I have no time to waste, and so I waste time. I know all of the advice – I have given it many times, but still I pause. My bookshelves are tidied, my yarn is sorted, my fridge is clean. I still feel that I need to give myself permission to write. I’m framing my thesis as an auto-ethnography because that […]

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The Lion and the Unicorn

The lion and the unicorn were fighting for the crown … A pause in my day to think about today’s Feldgang. The noise of the stonemasons reminded me that this staircase is being repaired. The lion, of course, stands for England; the unicorn for Scotland. Yet again we need to fight. While there is an imbalance of power, our two nations will never be friends. I think this might be beyond repair.

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Standing up for what one believes in

All I did was sign a letter. A letter that asked for clarification about academic freedom. That’s all. As a result of signing that letter I have been sacked as editor of an academic journal I have been told, by white men who were in power over me, that this was a matter of my power. They said that I was not safe. They said I should be ashamed. They did not read the letter I signed, or if they […]

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Catching my breath

Phew, I am glad May is over. Annual review and a deadline to submit a draft lit review in the same week – both done. I am apparently on track to submit by January 2020. I hope I can cope – I have spent the last few weeks either writing or feeling guilty that I was not writing. Today I gave myself permission to take a day off. I have gardened, doodled, read for fun, relaxed. I’m not going to […]

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The NetNarr Field Guide: A Journal Worth Exploring

Early on, I was pretty active in the Networked Narratives course as an open online participant, as a sort of satellite with a few others to the actual university course being taught by Alan Levine and Mia Zamora. My comic strip alter-egos — The Internet Kid and Horse with No Name — were also part of the Twitter conversations and activities. At some point, I admittedly lost track in a peripheral way (this is the beauty of RSS feeds — […]

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NomadWarMachine 2019-05-04 14:01:12

I submitted a draft of my PhD discussion chapter yesterday. It’s over 7,000 words, so I won’t post it all here! I can never remember the actual title of my thesis – but I am looking broadly about how peer interaction helps to support learning, and I am using CLMOOC (and a bit of DS106) to think about the question. My draft thesis statement at the moment is this: CLMOOC is best conceptualised as being an affinity space, or affinity […]

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