A 3-step guide to completing your thesis when you’re feeling utterly overwhelmed | Doug Belshaw

Over the last few weeks, I’ve spoken with quite a few people working on a Masters or Doctorate level thesis. Some of them are planning to continue into a career in academia, but most are not. While their questions to me are all slightly different, the tension feels similar: how can I reconcile all of this stuff?

Drop-out rates, especially at doctoral level, are pretty high. Even those that don’t drop out are likely to experience a significant ‘dip’. There are many factors for this, but my hunch is that it’s not primarily because there’s too much work involved. I think that it’s more to do…

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Weeknote 08/2019 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Issue #333 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. It was entitled, ‘Bad puns are how eye roll’ and was, as ever, made possible via those who support me on Patreon.
Taking Monday and Tuesday as holiday. As a family we visited Jorvik Viking Centre, Magna Science Adventure Centre, and Fountains Abbey, which were all great! In fact, I reckon visiting Jorvik as a nine year-old possibly kindled my interest in history.
Spending Wednesday doing half a day for Moodle and half as a consultancy day. I spoke to a couple of people via my new surgery slots and really enjoyed…

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Weeknote 07/2019 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Issue #332 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. It was entitled, ‘On social media’ and was, as ever, made possible via those who support me on Patreon.
Taking Wednesday again as my consultancy day, and talking to a three people via my new surgery slots. Two of the conversations were about Open Badges and the other one was about digital equity. I’m only available in the morning next Wednesday, so book your slot now!
Working on the MoodleNet project:
Pushing out an update which has received lots of thumbs-up from testers!
Sending out another MoodleNet survey,…

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Goodbye Digitalme, and thanks for all the fish | Doug Belshaw

This announcement from Digitalme is a real shame:

Since we joined the City and Guilds Group in June 2016, we have continued to help all kinds of teams recognise learning with the Open Badge Standard.

At this point in our journey, it is time to say goodbye to the Open Badge Academy in order for us to focus on supporting the design, development, and implementation of quality programmes that leverage the Open Badge Standard powered by leading technology — Credly.

After leaving Mozilla in 2015, I consulted with City & Guilds up to the point at which they acquired Digitalme. I’d known…

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Weeknote 06/2019 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Issue #331 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. It was entitled, ‘YLet it snow, let it snow, let it snow’ and was, as ever, made possible via those who support me on Patreon.
Taking Wednesday as my consultancy day, and talking to a bunch of people via my new surgery slots. It was great to help people with things like expanding their Open Badges programme, getting started as a consultant, and the process of getting a PhD!
Working on the MoodleNet project:
Reflecting on some useful survey feedback from testers, mostly positive!
Triaging lots of suggestions…

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Experimenting with a Slack-based book club | Doug Belshaw

TL;DR: I’ve started a channel called #book-club-1 in the We Are Open co-op Slack. Everyone adhering to our code of conduct is welcome. Reading this. Join here. Starts Monday.

I was discussing book clubs over email with Bryan Alexander recently. He’s been running ones via his blog since 2013, and finds them a valuable experience.

This was prompted by a few people both in We Are Open co-op‘s Slack and the Thought Shrapnel Patreon saying that they’d appreciate the opportunity to discuss new books like Paul Jarvis’ Company of One and Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism.

I’ve never been a…

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Weeknote 05/2019 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Issue #330 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. It was entitled, ‘You’d BETT-er believe it, people’ and was, as ever, made possible via those who support me on Patreon.
Recording, editing and releasing Episode 115 of the Today In Digital Education (TIDE) podcast with my co-host Dai Barnes. We entitled this episode ‘Art, milk and parties’ and discussed our experiences at BETT, the history of art, veganism, criticism of Facebook, MoodleNet testing, smartphone-based party games, and more!
Working on the MoodleNet project:
Feverishly getting things ready for the…

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