Archive | January 2013

Learning research post doc

I’ve been so busy learning about research, researching with others instead of on my own like you do in a PhD that I haven’t had time or thoughts to blog.  Shortly after my last blog posting, I joined another research team, so I’m now working on two research projects.  One is about older people on-line, and one is about juxtaposing learning and performance.

I’ve been consolidating the learning I did on my PhD but also learning more, like how to run focus groups, and how to set up an analysis database that I must share with others who might want evidence from it.  I’ve used qualitative data analysis software (QDAS) before, and set up codes for analysis, but not shared my codes.  For example, if you’re looking at the advantages of participating on line, an advantage might be physical, and I’ve created a node in the database called ‘physical’.  But that’s not enough to share with someone else.   Like using one character identifiers for variables in programming code, it’s not self-descriptive, and I must rename it ‘physicalDifficultiesSurmounted’.

The JuxtaLearn project is an EU project and seems to involve an awful lot of paper work and bureaucracy, but then there are lots of people researching together, people from Portugal, Spain, Germany, Sweden as well as the UK, and we all have different things to do.  Apparently, what we do comes in work packages (WP) and there are nine or ten work packages, and each work package has deliverables due at various times over the next three years.  So you can see that serious project management is needed to pull all these packages together in the right order and on time, or at least in time.  It’s an interesting project because it is about learning and technology, both of which interest me.  Learning’s about what people do and I can’t think of anything better than researching people and technology.