Hacking #NCTE14

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Recent Gradhacker posts: Learning R, online teaching and more

Here is a round-up of my recent posts at Gradhacker: Difficult Online Students: In this post I suggest different strategies for when obstacles arise in online teaching. Parenting in Grad School: A reflection on the highs and lows of doing grad school with young children. Learning R: A post about my newest obsession: the statistical… Continue reading Recent Gradhacker posts: Learning R, online teaching and more

What I’m reading: “Why are we still teaching T-tests?”

Stumbled across this post that just has so much goodness in it, including links to a paper on the philosophy of statistics and Error. Heady stuff. Found via the R-bloggers, of course. Why are we still teaching T-tests?. Don’t forget to follow my Pinterest board for more R fun: Follow Andrea’s board Fun projects for… Continue reading What I’m reading: “Why are we still teaching T-tests?”

It’s on like Donkey Kong: Dissertation update

So here is my little ugly duckling of a dissertation proposal, with data collection planned for this Fall. Wish me luck! Of course my hope is that it grows into a swan that helps push the field forward on theoretical, methodological, and practical levels, but, to be perfectly honest, I’ll be glad even if it… Continue reading It’s on like Donkey Kong: Dissertation update

My Writing Workflow: Dissertation Dispatch

Writing is happening. I am currently plugging away at my dissertation proposal. I know this varies from department to department, so I will quickly give the run-down of what I understand to be the expectations of my department, adviser, and committee for this document. In terms of length, I’ve seen a big variation with the… Continue reading My Writing Workflow: Dissertation Dispatch

Thoughts on MOOCs

So it’s been an interesting start to 2013 for the state of MOOCs. First I want to reflect on the recent disaster at Coursera in a course entitled “Fundamentals of Online Education” in which the course was forced to close down after a series of unfortunate events. The irony of the failure of an online… Continue reading Thoughts on MOOCs

Recent Gradhacker posts

While this blog may have been a little dark the past months, I have been blogging and podcasting regularly on Gradhacker.org, which has been a great experience especially since we started publishing on Inside Higher Ed as well. Some of the posts that got the most attention recently are listed below. Thanks so much for… Continue reading Recent Gradhacker posts

Brophy on Rewards and Intrinsic Motivation

This: “I believe that intrinsic motivation theorists are correct in raising concerns about overuse or inappropriate use of rewards. In classrooms, it is difficult to reward students that (a) take into account their individual learning efforts and profess and (b) avoid communicating that they engage in activities to obtain the rewards rather than to learn.… Continue reading Brophy on Rewards and Intrinsic Motivation