2021 Week 16


I’d always intended for these posts to be part of some kind of reflective practice, but they’re basically just “holy crap we have a lot of stuff going on” snapshots. Maybe that’s part of it. Anyway.

⚙️ Work

I was interviewed by Katie Deighton, for an article on online exam proctoring in the Wall Street Journal’s Experience Report. I’ve been very-occasionally interviewed by journalists, mostly for technology-related topics.

🤔 PhD

This week, I’ve been focussing on playing with transcript data. I set it up as fancy DIY wallpaper in my home office and did a few passes through it to try to identify themes. After a prompt from Paul, I realized I’m basically just LARPing NVivo. So I brought the transcripts into NVivo 12 and started coding them there. Files and Cases and Nodes galore. The interface is awkward as hell. So. Many. Clicks. But it’s working nicely… The command-slash shortcut speeds it up a bit.

preliminary coding treemap

📚 Reading

Pat Thomson: writing a journal article – identifying “the two paper problem”.

Friesen, S., & Jacobsen, M. (2021). Collaborative Design of Professional Graduate Programs in Education. International Journal of Designs for Learning, 12(1), 64–76. https://doi.org/10.14434/ijdl.v12i1.25778

Phelps, A. M., Egert, C. A., & Consalvo, M. (2021). Hack, Slash & Backstab: A Post-Mortem of University Game Development at Scale. International Journal of Designs for Learning, 12(1), 16–33. https://doi.org/10.14434/ijdl.v12i1.31263

Lo, A. W., Stevens, B., & Willems, S. (2021). World of EdCraft: Challenges and Opportunities in Synchronous Online Teaching. Available at SSRN 3793342. (via Campus Technology)

It’s odd, seeing folks from a “financial engineering” lab and a college of business talk about evolution and learning and attention… Still, some interesting bits in the paper.

Heather Farmer, in EDUCAUSE Review: 6 Models for Blended Synchronous and Asynchronous Online Course Delivery

Mabel Ho, on Dalhousie’s Focus on University Teaching & Learning blog:From Face-to-Face Instruction to Online Teaching: Practical Considerations for Synchronous and Asynchronous Teaching and Learning - discussing Daniel Sanford’s immediacy vs. bandwidth matrix:

immediacy vs. bandwidth

Nick Baker, University of Windsor Teaching Online: Overview of Course Delivery Modes. Adapted from Iowa State University’s Course Delivery Modes.

course delivery modes

🧺 Other

The Boy™'s high school is shifting to remote learning again. For the third(?) time? Transitions between on-campus and remote learning are brutal.

UCalgary’s Cumming School of Medicine Centre for Health Informatics has been doing some amazing work with visualizing COVID data for Alberta. They’re also doing work with sewage sampling, detecing COVID RNA in wastewater.

On the plus side, it’s almost nice enough to be working out on the deck instead of being cooped up in the home office…

early deck office

And I got out for the longest ride in almost 5 years, thanks to John and Paul.

cochrane caffeine sun wind

🗓️ Focus for next week

Meetings. Penultimate immunotherapy maintenance treatment. Meetings.


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