April 2 marks one year since the end of Google+ and I write this with a heavy heart. Neglected and misunderstood by most of the Internet and ultimately because the crass comfort of Facebook, ignored by most of the general users. However one of the beauties of this platform was it was a nexus of disciplines that I felt had no other place on the Internet. Where else can you find groups that focus on R statistics, Android development, Linux fanatics, and corpus linguistics all on one site? For me this was the go to for research techniques, and articles, and essentially hardware and software hacking to get the most out of a Linux distribution.
Does this mean that it is time to go back to blogging again? For specialists of all the above, rather than succumb to Facebook, is it best to take matters into our own hands? Is it time to fire up the ol’ WordPress site and start building communities ourselves?
I would love to hear your opinions here. Better yet, if you know of any great sites for what I have listed above, I would appreciate the info. Since the end of G+ I feel quite disconnected from these communities and need to pick up the pieces again.
A very telling article why Beall’s List has suddenly dropped from the Internet. It’s a shame that Beall didn’t get the support from his university on this.
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Long time no see,
I has been a while. Blogging is something I have neglected lately and it is not so easy to seemlessly integrate my work as a teacher trainer, my Ph.D coursework, and my personal life into the mix. If anyone has the ultimate formula for doing this please comment below.
Most of the time I have used this blog to document my presentations at conferences here in Japan, which is fine for now. The one major personal and professional paradigm shift for me is deciding to get a Ph.D at Temple University. Not an easy decision to make, but after almost two years of coursework I have come to apprecite the wealth of information and community that has come with it. But this is only the beginning, which means clarifying a research agenda, dissertaion proposal, writing, and the defence. How does one keep going? One piece of advice I got is passion. Without passion for something that genuinely interests you, there can be no moving forward. I couldn’t agree more with this.
I will keep you posted on how far passion has taken me.
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Today another TUJ Colloquium is behind us…
I want to say thank you for attending my talk this afternoon. I greatly appreciate your support, and the feedback I received afterward, reminding me of what Mischler (1990) said: research is a craft. The beauty of the colloquium is the supportive atmosphere it provides to hone our craft.
The talk I gave today is titled Think Aloud vs. Stimulus Recall: Obtaining Responses to Writing Feedback in which I discussed my use of two different protocols for interviewing my learners in my blended writing Continue reading..
It’s been a busy year for me and so please forgive me for being a stranger for this blogsite.
Anyway, I will be involved with two presentations at JALT this year. If you are in the neighborhood ( Shizuoka, Japan) be sure to check them out.
Teachers as Learners: Challenges for Training
Teacher Beliefs About Student Group and Pair Work