|flickr photo courtesy of pierre bédat|
Okay folks, so here I am again. Our collaborative group has just finished up posting all our research data and digital paperwork on the CTELE wiki. First and foremost, let me just say that this project was a challenge! I have never in my life used so many tools AND not had the ability to discuss project parameters in a face-to-face environment in a scholastic setting. Truthfully, I have done a lot of this sort of thing in the military, but my dear readers must understand that things are very regimented and specific in that setting, and that makes it all a lot easier in that manner.
It was hard to choose just one means of communication, because communication was both synchronous and asynchronous in the project. We settled on email for the asynchronous aspect and chat within the Google Doc for synchronous communication. I would say that it worked quite well. As the expediter of the group, it was very handy to toss out periodic email reminders for completion times. To be honest, it felt really weird on that first day sitting next to my partners and not being able to just turn to them and talk about the project. Enough about communication, however.
I had a fun time using a number of Google applications. It was great to use Doc, Form, Spreadsheet, and Presentation all for the same project. I feel that Google really has a nice suite when it comes to collaborative development tools -- also, you just can't beat the zero cost aspect! Jing was equally enjoyable to use. It was very user-friendly and worked well with my learning style. I can honestly say that I know they had a how-to and demo section, but I wasn't obliged to use it, as it just came naturally. Now that we've covered the materials, let's get down to the analysis!
We researched student study habits. It was fun, I enjoyed the responses, and it was all sunshine and rainbows. HOWEVER, we posted the survey aspect on Twitter. Big Mistake. University students are conditioned to check email frequently, and I noticed that the email surveys got a lot more people to respond. That is something I will have to remember in the future. But back to study habits! How people study is kind of like how people learn -- and the idea of metacognition pertains to thinking about thinking. So for me, it was natural to look at study habits because studying is thought intensive, and arguably a metacognitive process. BUT, here is where it turns into Inception (you know, that movie). So we have the dream within a dream idea, spooky right? WELL, researching metacognition is metacognitive as well! We have more levels of thought than I can really even successfully think about! Try to wrap your head around that one!
Regardless, I hope you enjoyed spending time at this little island in my brain. I'll give you some fun links s as a reward for reading all the way down here.