Reflection on the 23 things for research course

For your final blog post, we’d like you to reflect on the entire programme and on what you want to do next. What did you enjoy? What do you think you will use in future? What would you like to explore further? What do you think we should be exploring further at CreATE?

I think the 23 things for research course provides us a glance of what current online resources that we as researchers or teachers can take advantage of. The only suggestion I can give is that how to engage the participants more with the tools introduced, maybe not all the tools but at least a couple of, so that the participants may have a fully understanding of the advantage that the particular tools may bring. Or to put it this, the problem for me is that I know most of the tools but I just don’t like us them, or just don’t see the real benefits of using them. If the course could guide us to have a deep experience of one or two tools, it might be more useful for our future use of it.

Though I knew most of the tools, it was good to rediscover them again. As to CreATE, maybe it is a good idea to introduce some tools for transcribing? I have been tortured by clicking mouse now and then while transcribing if you know what I mean. haha



My blog stats

According to my post stats, my home page has the most hits over the semester (see the following figure). I think it is because my posts are all fully displayed on my home page. It does not require any further click to view the posts. That’s probably why home page has gained the most views. It seems some posts have relatively high hits as well, as I observed it has to do with the replies. More replies more clicks.

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My blog’s peak readership times happened on the very first two weeks of this 23 research project (see the following figure). It is probably because that participants were relatively free and enthusiastic in the beginning of the semester. An interesting thing is that the number of views and visitors bounced back a bit in the first week of november. I guess it has to do with the topic of the post. It was relatively interesting compared with the other weeks’.

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As to my personal 23 research project activity reports, I found it is quite useful for me as a learner to track back what I have done and what I failed to do, especially the outline report and the complete report. The two reports can show my activities in this course in detail. It is really intimidating after knowing that I am fully exposed to ‘teachers’ in terms of my performance pertaining to this project. I guess I would have had more engagement with the project if knew I was ‘monitored’ all the way. haha

Another thing about these reports is that it shows what kind of learner I am (see the following figure). I am definitely not a person who will finish the assignments in advance. Often I wait until the last minute to do it. Maybe I should change this kind of learning style, so that I won’t feel overwhelmed when the deadlines of the assignment approach.

In brief, these reports could be useful for teachers as well as for students to monitor their course progress.

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Data Visualisation via Gliffy

The data visualisation tool that I am going to introduce is called Gliffy. This tool can be used to generate a diagram or a chart flow. Often we found in MS Office that the diagrams are limited, especially when  we would like to add some innovation to a diagram, it seems impossible. Here we have the tool which enables us create diagrams with our free will. Moreover, you can even upload a picture onto it if you feel it is necessary to add something more than a circle or a box. Another good thing about this tool is that you can save what you’ve created as a picture. More information about Gliffy can be found through the following youtube video. Enjoy!