When I commenced my PhD journey almost four years ago in August of 2010, Comps—comprehensive qualifying exams for Doctoral Candidacy—was just a milestone marker I would hit at some point…. Read more →
Who would have thought a class on ethics would trigger a “pome” but that’s what happened when I worked on the assignment for this week: Describe who we are as a class based on our individual narratives as people and professionals (view Persona Professionale for mine) . I had to save it for posterity ;). Who are we, this class… Read more →
It seems aprospos to commence DigiWriMo and AcWriMo by defining my goals and strategy/strategies that will help me succeed. However, given that I am a constructivist learner, things could shift and morph along the way. Diving in head first without at least looking at the lay of the land doesn’t seem smart either, so here we go! Goals This is… Read more →
You know how long distance runners talk about getting into rhythm and finding their stride? Well, that’s basically what year 2 at Docwarts felt like. Year one, all my professional and prior academic experience notwithstanding, I very much felt the noob. I had to contend with a whole new lexicon, think in a whole new way – bet I created… Read more →
Caveats: This is more a stream of consciousness/mind dump post at this stage; the goal is to get my initial thoughts and impressions out while they are still fresh in my mind. My first impression of AERA 2011 was of how big it was. With 33,000 participants and I suspect about 600+ presentations – the session program was a tome… Read more →
Wednesday’s #phdchat session on Wednesday focused on academic writingWednesday. Although I have been in academia for about a decade now, first as student, then as professional, and now back as student again, I’ve never really seriously reflected on “academic writing”. As a former journalist, writing came easy, and I love the research process – in fact, taming the research fiend… Read more →
A doctoral degree is about becoming a specialist in a subject area, right? Yes, and no. The PhD process, and education in general, for that matter, is not just about subject matter expertise, it is also about building a tool set that will serve in you whatever you do. Curiosity, listening, exploring, these are just some of the qualities that should be in any doctoral student, and lifelong learner’s toolbox.
There’s been a convergence of sorts in my reading this past week. As I worked on my literature review on the role of social media in business – a SWOC (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Challenges) to be precise – two items, caught my attention: Han Rosling’s TED Talks India presentation on Asia’s rise and an article on Obama’s Mumbai trip. The former… Read more →
Prezi is the shiny, new presentation kid on the block. Its slick interface and non-linear, spatial approach to creating presentations might just be what the doctor ordered to alleviate the boredom of bullet-ridden, text-heavy, mind-numbing presentations that have become the norm. But have PowerPoint and gang really outlived their usefulness?
In my Systems of Belief class, one of the books we are discussing is The 10 Lenses: Your Guide to Living and Working in a Multicultural World. Authored by diversity expert Mark Williams, the book explores how cultural diversity impacts our lives, personal and professional, through the metaphor of a “lens,” patterns of behaviour that are at the core of… Read more →