Research, MOOCS and what’s next?

September 29th, 2014

While I blog to keep track of my own thinking and ideas, I’m conscious that there’s others out there who read what’s here.


It was nearly exactly (I know, that’s nonsense and what I really mean to say is ‘almost’) a year since I decided to do some research, the reasons of which are still obscure even to me. I’ve blundered around exploring ideas, reading, interviewing, spent some time at Oxford, met lots of great people, am becoming more and more curious, and less and less focused. I think.

It’s odd, this feeling of ‘isolated connectedness’ – that’s my term to describe how it feels. Maybe it’s how all researchers feel.

Anyway, this post is to alert you, and remind me, that I often make sense by writing, and writing here on my blog is where I do that. So I won’t be offended if you find something better to do.

I’m excited by the intersection of three MOOCS I’m doing, all offered on the FutureLearn platform. I can feel a whole lot of threads coming together, in fact, I’m impatient for that to happen, and grateful that the weekly pacing of the MOOCS enforce a much slower pace. I’m practicing patience, and giving my brain a chance to make connections that I’ve yet to think of. Impatient, excited, uncertain. Yes.


2 Comments so far

  1. Clare on October 1, 2014 10:42 pm

    I’d not heard of/explored FutureLearn before reading your post – and now I see myself being sucked down a large rabbit hole! Just browsing the first page of the site I’ve exclaimed ‘oooh, that looks interesting’ several times!

    Am interested in knowing what are the three courses you’re doing that have you excited?

  2. Viv McWaters on October 2, 2014 9:10 am

    Hi Clare

    I’m very impressed with the FutureLearn platform – very easy to use, well paced, clean graphics etc.

    Here’s the three that I’m currently doing:

    Designing Your Research Project (Uni of Southampton) – basic and practical, good refresher, lots of useful tips, quite easy to do. Most practical so far.

    Decision Making in a Complex and Uncertain World (Uni of Groningen) – very theoretical, fascinating, hard – I need to really concentrate and focus – and appreciate the many video lectures that i can rewind and replay. Most rewarding so far.

    Exploring Play (Uni of Sheffield) – just started, lots of theoretical background to play as well as drawing on personal experiences. LOTS of great references and reading. Most enjoyable of the three so far.

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