User talk:Leighblackall/PhD

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Notes and discussion relating to this PhD

  • The PhD - What is open and networked learning?
  • 2012
  • 2011 - Changing focus from institutional change for open and networked education, to just open and networked learning.
  • 2010 - Developing a focus on organisational change toward open and networked practices. Deciding to pursue an open and networked, informal PhD. Various reading lists to do with organisational and institutionalised culture.

why google docs?[edit source]

hey Leighblackall I find your approach very ineresting. But why would you draft your research in google docs. If the stuff is free there should be other opportunities. Wikimedia offers etherpads. I myself are drafting my phd thesis using git which is free software I am using a proprietary hoster (github though) but due to the decentralized nature of git that does not put a constraint to anyone. Anyway I wish you very good luck! --Renepick (discusscontribs) 08:09, 8 September 2014 (UTC)[reply]

Hi Renepick, so sorry for missing your question. I'm not very good at monitoring communication in a MediaWiki - which is partly the reason I'm drafting in GoogleDocs. I started doing it when I was asking an academic colleague why he was not writing his comments and edits in Wikiversity. He said that he struggled with the lack of immediacy in the writing - the writing>save>read>edit flow. GoogleDocs is much more immediate in those terms. Also, synchronous editing. But I know you're preempting this response by suggesting etherpads. While they meet the immediacy and synchronous editing, they lack the formatting.. So I guess I'm saying that I'm prepared to compromise on the freedom of the tool in the authoring and development. GoogleDocs still offer edit history data, support for open standards formats, and a few other things inline with free, but yes, there's a big compromise there still. Leighblackall (discusscontribs) 04:48, 18 June 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Reworking to a formal application[edit source]

I'm taking guidance and advice from a friend an colleag on formalising this into an application for PhD at a University. Structural suggestions as follows:

When developing your proposal please develop a brief description (this could be anywhere in the order of 1500 words), including details about:

  1. The topic and why it is significant at this particular point in time. Its significance as a Territory research study may also be important in securing scholarship funds.
  2. Back ground literature – this needs to show evidence of reading recent policy and research literature
  3. Specific methodological issues that will address this topic – not all research designs are suitable for a topic. This is also important for some of the more technologically based projects where capital equipment items may be required.
  4. Ethical considerations. Identify any ethical considerations that will require clearance by the Animal or Human Ethics Committees (eg interviewing human participants subjects or undertaking research with animals).
  5. Resource implications. The resource implications of your research and whether you are applying for other funding to cover any costs that will be incurred. The university does not automatically cover all costs for a project.
  6. Field work – permits, visas, date restrictions. Whether you envisage a substantial portion of your study to involve fieldwork, and if so where. Please detail any permits and/or visas that you will require to carry out your proposed fieldwork
  7. Other relevant issues – for example employer support or other partnerships
  8. Referee reports and justification that you meet entry criteria are also important aspects of the application: this might include completing the relevant forms to outline previous professional experience and prior publications.

I'm moving out to a Google Doc for easier writing and will copy paste the resulting text. Also, am moving this Userpage to PhD, as the Open and Networked aspects are methodological and distract from the over all standard being aimed for. Leighblackall (discusscontribs) 03:28, 20 October 2016 (UTC)[reply]