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Episode 1: the adventure begins

Next week two key facts are scheduled in my diary: 1) my online questionnaire on the topic of academic practices and related ICTs uses is being delivered across three Italian universities; 2) I am presenting for the first time my … Continue reading

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Researching in the open: how a networked learning instance can challenge ethical decision-making – Abstract for ECEL 2011

Some months ago I decided to draw an article from an assessed essay on research ethics that I had submitted as partial fulfillment of the requirements of the module Research and Theoretical Field, within the online MRes in Educational and … Continue reading

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Wanted: digital, networked, open researchers

While Martin Weller’s seminar in #Change11 was ‘on air’ two days ago, I was editing the last draft of my MRes dissertation, a small interview project…looking for ‘digital researchers’ in an Italian university. No doubt that the preparation of this … Continue reading

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Transcription as analytical act

A few days ago I started to transcribe the first group of my research interviews: I made a preliminary check for practical tips, I asked for advice on a transcription software in the channel #phdchat in Twitter, but overall I … Continue reading

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Open what? Searching for a ‘doable openness’ in my dissertation work

Indeed the current year 2011 is really ‘the year of living dangerously’ for me: completing a two year online MRes in Educational and Social Research by the Institute of Education, University of London, and starting a doctoral programme in e-learning … Continue reading

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Why investigating digital researchers? A personal choice

I think that both a master and a doctoral thesis provide you with an invaluable opportunity to really choose any research topic and to shape it according to your own core interests (beyond the obvious constraints due to ‘zero budget’!). … Continue reading

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In good company: an imagined community to support virtual PHD journeys (DR11)

(Just for archive, first published in Digital Researcher 2011 blog, 12th February 2011) My uptake of social media is fairly recent and coincides with my move from an e-learning practitioner role in higher education towards that of an apprentice researcher … Continue reading

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