With the country in Lockdown, GMIT choir members were missing their weekly practice, with staff working online and students studying online it was suggested that the choir try singing online and it was a success!
The GMIT Virtual Choir during Covid-19 brought around 80 staff and students with a love of music and singing from all GMIT campuses together. Being part of this experience of singing online was great fun and a great energizer for coping with our daily stresses, and research has shown that singing in a virtual choir can have a positive impact on your mental health. Singers recorded their renditions of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ and upload their videos from locations all across Ireland and further afield. Each one of the videos was then synchronised and united into one performance by choir director, Sean Rowland, to create the GMIT Virtual Choir.
I think I am actually more productive! Once I learnt (early on) that the key was to get dressed as soon as I got up in the morning, staying in pyjamas implies a ‘lazy day. I have kept a similar schedule to my normal office hours, taking my usual elevenses. Thankfully I am yet to feel isolated or lonely, but I do miss all the in-person office interactions…. And coffee breaks!
The good weather has definitely helped as I have been able to separate myself from the kids screaming and shouting. Also, having a routine for their schoolwork means that they want peace and quiet when they are working too so it benefits everyone. We try to get outside every day; staying in the 2km radius for exercise is easy for me and the family as we have a secluded beach at the end of our boreen (road) so we happily walk, cycle, or jog alone or as a family… we haven’t braved the water yet though!
Communication is key; I am easy to reach via Teams, phone, WhatApp and my social media channels (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram). Collaboration is mainly done through Teams, largely via Chat but we also have calls and meetings. Teams is great as a collective knowledge base with chat history and sharing of files; off course email also plays a huge part in communication and collaboration.
Although working from home is not the norm for the organisation I work in, nor is it that common nationally, hopefully the extraordinary circumstances of the Covid-19 outbreak will change this as now that I have tried it I would be happily continue, even if it was just for one day a week when we come out the right side of this pandemic... Let’s see what the future holds...
The focus of this event was remote working, wellness and opportunity, hosted by GMIT Mayo. With speakers from an array of industries,from aviation to health. The event was extremely interesting and informative.
Remote working is a topical phrase at the moment, with 61% of global companies offering some sort of remote working policy. With remote working comes wellness which is positive!
Donal Healy from Ireland West Airport, Knock spoke about social media engagement.
I recently noticed that the images for my digital badges from Open Badge Passport were no longer displaying in my portfolio. Instead what was displaying was an error message saying that the the owner had set them to private; which I had not. Anyhow if it happens all you have to do is update the code in your badge by simply adding /pic
And so my MA in Teaching and Learning journey concludes. There have been some ups.... and many downs but all in all a great experience.
It was much harder than I thought trying to juggle my family, work and research... but I am glad to say I finished it and thoroughly enjoyed it !
Reflecting helps develop skills and review effectiveness, rather than just carry on doing things as I have always done them. It is about questioning, in a positive way, what I do and why I do it and then deciding whether there is a better, or more efficient, way of doing it in the future. We learn by experiences and mistakes. But, unless we question ourselves about what our experiences mean and think actively about them, we won’t make any changes. Self-reflection enables us to move from just experiencing, into understanding. Self-reflection is not about focusing solely on the negative, it:
Reflexivity is a researcher's ongoing critique and critical reflection of his or her own biases. Reflexivity is the process of reflecting on yourself the researcher, to provide more effective and impartial analysis. It involves examining and consciously acknowledging the assumptions and preconceptions you bring into the research and that therefore shape the outcome. None of us are detached, objective observers. We all hold opinions and pre-formulated ideas, based on our experiences and what we have been exposed to in our lives. Our understanding of the world is based on our own patterns of thought and behaviour, our personal values, culture, ethnicity, religion, age, gender and the job we do. The perspective or position of the researcher shapes all research whether that be quantitative or qualitative.
When one question leads to another… and another... and another!
Is a survey the correct method to use?
Should I do an online survey?
How do I know how many respondents are enough?
How big does the sample need to be in order to reflect the attitudes / opinions of the students I want to understand?
Should I consider statistical reliability of the sample size and use confidence levels?
How am I going to analyse the data?
How am I going to report the data?
Is anyone even interested in my data…???
The more questions you ask, the more answers, I mean data you get!
Is there such a thing as too much data?
I am well used to 'information overload' but now that I have collected the data for my thesis I have 'data overload'.
I am very grateful to all the wonderful students who gave their time to fill out surveys, attitudinal scales and pre/post tests as part of the first year experience but now comes the hard part of analyses and interpretation....
This maybe my last post for a while...
I'm currently in the thick of my Thesis in Education Science ... working on the methodologies and methods chapter. I’m thinking I need a Phd in Philosophy to write this chapter!!! ...
Ontology, epistemology, axiology, methodology, what the ology???
From concepts to frameworks, theories to perspectives, realism, relativism, positivism, post-positivism, interpretivism, constructionism...
... qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods...
sorry just thinking I might need a drink to get me through this!!!
Subjective, objective, deductive, inductive, quasi .... ok I need a break...
or maybe theology to get me through this ...
Realising a large amount of my time and efforts are currently spent on content creation…generating ideas and information that appeal to our students, library users and the wider audience.
I do this by creating and making accessible, written or visual content in the form of videos, infographics, blogs and indeed other formats, aided by the following (almost complete A-Z list!):
Apps… Bit.ly… Canva… Diijo… Easel.ly… Facebook… Google+… Hootsuite… Instagram… Kahoot… Layout… Messenger… Outlook… Powtoon… Quik… ResearchGate… SoundCloud… Twitter… VideoScirbe… Wordpress… YouTube… Zeetings
Anyone have an J, N, U or X they can recommend?
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