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Knowing when to pause – a reflection

Mental health and well being awareness is becoming pervasive, and academia is no exception. I am writing this blog at 3.30pm, and I’ve just had a bath. A deep bubble bath, in which I read a few chapters of a gothic horror novel (Bone China if you’re interested). In the middle of the day, on…

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CALRG 2022 Conference Presentation

Conferences, poster sessions, mini-vivas… oh my! It’s been a busy few months. I’ve written and talked about my research, a lot. I’ve loved it. My most recent conference presentation was at The Open University’s Computer and Learning Research Group 2022 Conference. It was a great opportunity to share my research plans and as it was…

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Reflecting on reading

The time has come to start writing my first literature review as a PhD researcher. That means all this reading I’ve been doing needs to be critically evaluated, on paper, for someone else. If I do it well enough, I get to continue with my studies. It also means I’m reading my notes from the…

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(nearly) 3 months in… a short reflection

I feel like I’ve been a PhD student forever, and at the same time I know I have barely started. The pile of reading is certainly not getting any smaller; I have to remind myself daily that it won’t for some time – and that is fine. That is the point. I have 10 years…

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Getting started with Learning Analytics: a Literature Review

“What is learning analytics anyway?” I’ve answered this question a lot since starting my PhD 5 weeks ago, with varying degrees of eloquence. My go-to definition when writing assignments for my MA was: “LEARNING ANALYTICS is the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimising learning…

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