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November 8, 2007

End of the Ed.D. Study Groups

I tossed in the proverbial towel. Too many complaints about the times chosen. Too many people who are interested in coming but are "too busy" to attend. Too many people who won't make attending a priority but then turn around and complain about feeling left out. Too many people who enjoy the opportunity but then won't defend the existence of open study groups when the complaints roll in.

It's not worth the aggravation, not to mention the hours that I spend in just finding a room on campus for each meeting. Informal groups will form within the cohort. People will be left out. I've decided that it is not my problem.

November 1, 2007

Technology Covered in Study Groups

We've had two study groups which were quite successful in the last month, both focused on technology available to aid our research and projects.

The first was on EndNote, a software package used to maintain a local database of references which then can be used during writing papers and preparing bibliographies. I showed that package as an introduction to bibliography-producing software, foreshadowing a presentation by our librarian that week on RefWorks, the University-owned, web-based alternative.

The second session was one lead by ITSS on blogs and wikis. We talked about not only the tools but considerations regarding choice of the most appropriate tool and how to use it well. Most of the focus remained on learning to use the tool as such. Figuring out pedagogy seems to take a back seat until the user can figure out exactly how to operate the tool, even at a basic level. At this point in our careers, many students have not used any of these tools at all and have rarely, if ever, seen them in use. It will take some practice and experience before they can envision a use for a tool.