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Open and Networked PhD (#OnPhD) - candidacy[edit]

At the moment, I am accumulating works to prove my success. I see the review of all these works in combination with some effective publishing in a number of forms as giving credibility (and the opportunity for critical review) to my work. I will be open and public with my works through the;

  1. Use my blog (and related channels) for formative and summative notes and reflection.
  2. A whole lot of other artifacts, coming soon

What do I consider an Open and Networked PhD (ONPhD)?[edit]

It's the combination of putting in the time to become a master in an identified subject, advancing the body of knowledge in the chosen subject and doing it all in the open with transparency. Openness with transparency is publishing as much of the process as possible. This includes keeping a learning journal and publishing all writings without copyright.

What is being a master?[edit]

Mastery is being so familiar and comfortable with a subject that responding to questions / situations within the subject is done without hesitation or second guessing the response. Mastery is also knowing where the boundaries are within the subject and how to best approach investigating the boundaries. Mastery also includes be considered a master of a subject by others who are also masters of the subject.

What do I already consider myself a master?[edit]

  1. As an Educator with over 15 years facilitating learning at Colleges, Universities and a variety of online locations
  2. As a Solutions Architect where I have built complex (and not so complex) software systems for a whole plethora of organizations, from start-ups to huge enterprises.
  3. As a sailor, traveler and back-country explorer
  4. As a builder of Online Communities
  5. Gardener and home builder

What would I like to consider myself a master?[edit]

  1. Musician
  2. Folk Music Historian (with Focus on Morris Dancing)
  3. Master boat-builder
  4. Certified Enterprise Architect

Why am I doing this?[edit]

Because I am really worried that the education system isn't going to prepare my kids for the world they are entering. I believe that education needs to be much more self-directed and the credentials from antiquated and costly institutions are becoming meaningless. My thoughts regarding this issue is well articulated in my post on educational ROI.

My Learning History[edit]

This section has been written to fullfill the 'Describe your learning history' task for the P2Pu Open & Networked PhD Candidacy Challenge.

Informal Learning[edit]

25 years work experience in Information Technology[edit]

  • Numerous conversations about implementation of technology
  • Years of successful IT project completion
  • Invited speaker to numerous technology conferences
  • Reading, writing and blogging about Information Technology, Software Development and Solution Architecture
  • Many successful project across many different technology platforms within many different industries
  • Key Learning: I have a mastery of Information Technology (IT) that provides me a foundation to learn new IT very quickly. I also draw on this experience to bring complicated technology projects to completion, regardless of when I join the project.

15 years as teacher, facilitator, and mentor within educational realm[edit]

  • Numerous conversations about teaching and learning with other professional educators
  • Teachers are an amazing cohort who love to share and help people to fulfill their dreams
  • Development of many courses (traditional, online and blended)
  • Parenting children
  • Ongoing involvement with online learning communities
  • Reading, writing and blogging about Pedagogical approaches
  • Key Learning: People learn differently and this changes through time (as they age). The tools for online learning are brilliant and open a whole new world. In the end learning is iterative, personalized, community based and best done with love.

Lifetime of different roles within residential and commercial construction[edit]

  • Once the weather was good enough and I was able to follow instructions my parents had me working in the garden and on the house. My father was an engineer and we pretty much rebuilt the whole house over a 15 year period. I learned may things with this, most important was organizing things for project completion
  • I was a big boy growing up, I was quickly drafted into helping out on construction sites as the manual youthful labour. I learned a whole lot about how to build houses during my four summers as the assistant to everyone.
  • Many years as a residential and commercial painter. Mostly I learned about project completion, running a small business, simple accounting, running work teams, and contract negotiation.
  • Renovation of many houses since I have been an adult owning my own home. There is not a sub-trade role that I do not feel comfortable fulfilling.
  • Key Learning: Building things (particularly big things) requires thought and planning. Building projects need to be done in an orderly fashion, particularly if you want quality upon completion. All of the hands-on skills developed when building things brings a kinesthetic intelligence that transfers to other learning.

Many years playing outside in the mountains and on the ocean[edit]

  • Sailing is my passion
  • Backcountry skiing is the thrill I seek
  • Hiking, camping and time away from civilization grounds my spirit
  • Scouting and developing the skills to be successful in the outdoors taught me patience and an eye for opportunity
  • traveled to 32 different countries, so far...
  • Key Learning: Spending times in the outdoors forces you to become resourceful and to look for opportunity. It also teaches how to work as a team and care for every member of the team. It teaches about limits and how to push those limits (both individually and as a team). Being in the outdoors teaches you to pack light and share what you have. Travel allows you to experience different views and new perspectives.

Ongoing involvement as Performance Artist[edit]

  • Mostly as Morris dancer and accompanying folk musician (percussion)
  • Key Learning: Performance art with a group of dancers and musicians is an amazing AND coordinated effort. It takes practice and a trust of all other performers. It is a highly creative endeavour. Learning an existing dance or creating something new can take time and all members learning processes need to be honoured.

Formal Learning[edit]

  • Hillside Secondary School (1976 – 1981)
  • Professional Certifications
    • Microsoft Certified Professional + Site Building
    • Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer
    • Microsoft Certified Database Administrator
    • Microsoft Certified Trainer

Area of Study[edit]

My PhD will draw on both my two professional areas of expertise; Technology and Andragogy. And as my online profile states, "Hellbent to implement the ideas in and around pedagogy, new media, social networks and communities of practice." My focus of this will be toward the self-directed life-long learner, and in developing both technological and pedagogical approaches that will enable people to develop an advanced level of knowing without the restraints (financial and otherwise) of traditional institutions and approaches.

Technology Realm[edit]

Within this realm I aspire to create / add to the online body of knowledge focused on solution architecture.

This solution architecture body of knowledge will focus upon the use of industry standard architectural frameworks and professional associations. With reference to these existing entities the focus will then be upon architecting solutions for the internet.

Solution Architect Concept Map

Andragogical Realm[edit]

Within this realm I aspire to create / add to the online body of knowledge focused on life long learning and the online tools and approaches that facilitates this activity. My focus on life long learning will be through the role of the educational technologist. I do intend my focus to be upon life-long learning and related andragogical subjects. As I learn more I believe the focus will move into the heutagogical.

Educational Technologist Concept Map

To do[edit]

  1. Research Heutagogy with enough depth to create dedicated concept map
  2. Add security related concepts to concept map

Papers / Presentations[edit]

Digital Badges (end-to-end)[edit]
Building on-line learning communities[edit]

Reading List[edit]

List of references related to Heutagogy and autodidactism;

Folk Music and Dance Realm[edit]

I'm a Morris dancer and I love the music and dance that occurs within this realm. I intend this realm to be the anchor to all my pedagogical and technological studies and research.

Personal Curriculum Map[edit]

Learning the Pipe and Tabor

Area of Research[edit]

Well... this keeps changing! I will settle on my research when I am further entrenched in the work of the OnPhD. My thinking to date includes;

  1. Building a Web2.0 based massively collaborative assessment system in PhP / MySQL. More on this later...
  2. An infrastructure (web portal) for clustering all the validated self-directed learning events
  3. A Personalized Instructional Design Methodology for the Heutogogue
  4. Learning practices of the Non-PhD holding honorary doctorates and global experts



Published book reviews since January 2011[edit]

  1. "A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change", (2011), Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown.
  2. "Programming Collective Intelligence; Building Smart Web 2.0 Applications", (2007), Toby Segaran.
  3. "Talent is Overrated", (2008), Geoff Colvin.

Delicious tags[edit]

Rich Media[edit]




During my time at WikiEducator I accumulated considerable amount of experience in furthering the 'cause' of OER. All this is best shown through my profile page.

Mozilla Open Badges[edit]

School of Digital and Open Badges[edit]

The badge movement is growing. There are many aspects to digital and open badges and we are building a school to help people learn about this amazing addition to life-long learning.


Doing a PhD in the open is also about publishing and having your work recognized. How better than using the social media to publish your works and increase the viewership of the work. Is this a peer review, I believe so... particularly through the endorsement of your work through accumulating followers, commenting and backtracks.

Social media[edit]


  • 25 January 2011 = 425
  • 29 January 2012 = 543
  • 27 June 2013 = 715
  • 26 January 2011 = 248
  • 29 January 2012 = 292
  • 27 June 2013 = 412
  • 27 June 2013 = 332
  • 26 January 2011 = 14
  • 27 June 2013 = 24
  • 26 January 2011 = 4
  • 27 June 2013 = 19

Wikipedia Edits (As of July 2011)[edit]


Wikiversity Edits (As of July 2011)[edit]


Blogging (As of January 2011)[edit]

number of posts[edit]
relevant subject areas[edit]
number of relevant comments (14)[edit]

I sometimes get involved in discussions related to pedagogy, technology and life-long learning. I will journal these discussion here.

  1. 3 August 2011
    1. Discussion about professional development for teachers and faculty;
  2. 23 April 2011
    1. WSIS Platform of Communities: Should OER favour commercial use?
  3. 28 March 2011
    1. Paul Stacey from BCcampus: Open Education and Policy
    2. How Can We Scale Educational Innovations?
  4. 15 March 2011 - Student as Narcissist
  5. 23 February 2011 - interesting discussion around home bases and outposts within the legal publishing perspective.
  6. 26 January 2011 - bit of a flame war regarding #ds106. The real value was the discussion on branding within edu2.0 and working within academia. What later came from this "flame war" was how weak social media relationships can be. People I considered friends quickly turned on me... I think I was not a part of the "in" crowd so I wasn't allowed to play with them anymore ;)


  1. as of 26 January 2011 = 9
  1. as of 26 January 2011 = 12