Author Archives: Janet Symmons

Creating an Outline Using Margin Notes

Knowing the narrative of a section of a dissertation is important before sitting down at the computer. I usually have the narrative, or flow, of a piece in my mind and don’t map it out. I’m very fortunately that I’m … Continue reading

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The Four-Week Ph.D. Candidacy Exam

On March 16, I successfully completed my candidacy exams. In the curriculum and instruction specialization program, faculty of education, at the University of Victoria, candidates are emailed four questions and must answer two questions within two weeks. The final step … Continue reading

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Optimizing the Learners’ LMS eLearning Experience

The first eLearning course I enrolled in in the year 2000 was a nightmare because I couldn’t find all the required pieces of the course on the website. Granted, LMS (learning management systems) were in their infancy at that point, … Continue reading

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A Dissertation can’t be an Eight Hour a Day Job

Before I began my PhD journey, I had a to do list of unrelated things I wanted to complete either before I graduated or shortly thereafter. Looking back on that list as I enter my third year in the program, … Continue reading

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Toward a New Work-Life Balance

In August I packed everything up and drove across the country to begin my PhD journey.  Starting a life 4000 km from everything I know was fun and challenging. But one of the biggest challenges was finding a new life … Continue reading

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Solomon Four-Group Design

I was in the midst of reading Creswell’s chapter 10 (experimental designs) when I noticed that he does not describe the Solomon four-group design. In my library of 17 research textbooks, only two describe this between-groups design. Additionally, information on … Continue reading

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Fantastic Resource of the Week

In one of the first classes attended we briefly talked about the impact factor that some journals have. Commonly known as IF, the impact factor is calculated based on the average number of journal articles that have been cited in … Continue reading

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Controlling your Digital Tattoo

The term “digital footprint” is misleading. A footprint in the sand is washed away by the waves. It isn’t that simple or quick in the digital world. The term “digital tattoo” is more apt because a tattoo cannot be easily … Continue reading

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Six Lessons I Learnt from my Master’s Degree

Two years ago I enthusiastically prepared to  plunge into earning a master of education. The commitment was all encompassing as  a part-time student with a full time job. and I knew I’d face time management challenges … surely that was … Continue reading

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What is Curriculum?

I’ve taken a number of course in my bachelors and masters programs that focus on designing curriculum, but what struck me is the inconsistency definition of curriculum. I’ve heard some college educators define curriculum as their lesson plans. One of … Continue reading

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