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?
SoundCloud is the world's foremost social sound platform where anyone can listen to or produce audio and share them. I set up an account for GMIT Libraries as another means of reaching our library users. The main purpose being to provide library instruction to support learning. We already use YouTube for instructional purposes but decided that studetns may utilise Podcasts on the go; with the abitly to download and listen to them on their own devices.
Podcasts are convenient and easy to consume - checkout GMIT Libraries on SoundCloud today!
This years Western Regional Section of the Library Association of Ireland’s annual seminar took place in Ballinasloe Library on Monday 11th June 2018, centering on the theme of challenging times. The programme was thought-provoking and diverse.
Maura Stephens and I presented on the trials and triumphs of going open source which was based on GMIT Libraries experience of migrating to a web-based open-source integrated library system.
GMIT Libraries went live with Koha, a little over a year ago. It’s safe to say that not only has the past year been challenging but the period of implementation prior to going live was also extremely demanding. Koha is “the most advanced open-source Integrated Library System in use today by hundreds of libraries worldwide” (http://www.koha.org/about). Koha is a fully featured Integrated Library System (ILS), there is no cost for the license, you have the freedom to modify the product and adapt it to your Library’s needs. This presentation concentrated on GMIT Libraries experience of planning, implementing, using and reflecting on Koha together with considering the other parties involved with supporting Koha, including Interleaf Technology, PTFS Europe and EduCampus.
We discussed the software installation, data entry, data migration and UAT’s before going on to deliberate exploiting Koha. We discovered that we needed to do a great deal more work than anticipated to adapt the software to local needs. The dialogue focused on the benefits and drawbacks of implementing and using Koha. Discussing the stability, adaptability and user friendliness of the system, along with the availability of core modules together with their completeness and productivity. Koha currently supports the following library functions in a relatively easy to use interface: circulation, acquisitions, cataloguing, serials and the OPAC. With the latest Koha release there is basic framework built into the system for adding ILL support and workflows; this is somewhat a work in progress. The presentation also included a synopsis of integrating a discovery service, an app for online past exam papers and a shared institutional repository.
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