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As a fourth year doctoral candidate, in addition to having completed comprehensive examinations and prospectus and working on the dissertation, my thoughts are also turning towards the job market and securing that first academic position. This purpose of this blog is to chronicle the trials and tribulations of completing my Ph.D. and finding that first job.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Some New Stuff On Gaming

Here are some new entries on gaming from my Bloglines (including some new blogs that I have started to follow)...

More in a few weeks time I'm sure...

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Friday, September 15, 2006

Okay, This Is What I Have Been Up To

Okay, when I originally started this blog, it was my intent to kind of chronicle or journal the procss of finishing my degree and the various milestones, and the process of finding a job. While I have done bits and pieces of that, talking a bit about my comprehensive exams when I was doing them two summers ago, I did very little talk about my prospectus and my dissertation to date. I have also done a little better on the job front, but both of those have simply been overshadowed by my use of this blog as a place to write my professional ideas on various things related to associations I belong to and other research interests.

Well, here's trying something a little different, let's talk about my dissertation. For the most part, my data collection is done - has been since June. However, I have sitting on a lot of untranscribed interviews. Transcriptions that I had originally intended to do over the summer, but then something happened.

Actually, it wasn't quite that bad - this summer I did get some stuff done for an AECT committee that I am sitting on, five AERA proposals submitted, along with at least seven manuscripts (two of which have already been accepted for publication). So I did do something, just not the most immediate thing that needed to be done.

But even that troubles me a bit. I was fortunate enough to win a dissertation completion award here at UGA, so I am being paid until May to simply complete my dissertation. But at the same time I am putting myself on the job market in the Fall and over the Winter. So I wonder if those five proposals, seven manuscripts that were submitted, along with my involvement in a professional organization, won't help me more in the long run in terms of developing my CV in the hopes of getting THE job. And even under my current, adjusted for the summer, timeline I still hope to finish my dissertation in late January or early February.

In that final year of doctoral studies, how does one balance their priorities of dissertation, getting experiences needed to make you marketable, and actually spreading time on the job search?

tags: dissertation, graduate student, graduate students, graduate school, higher education, education

Sunday, September 03, 2006

And The Entries On Gaming Keep Coming

Well, I guess this is my most popular topic these days, largely because others keep posting such useful material.
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Friday, September 01, 2006

Can You Believe This?

Okay, I'll be the first to admit that I haven't paid that much attention to the whole open source debate. And while I say I support open source, my own use and puchasing actions indicate otherwise. But when I read this, I was dumbfounded.

microsoft forces changes to higher ed report
http://kairosnews.org/microsoft-forces-changes-to-higher-ed-report
bleckb September 1, 2006 - 14:22.

Inside Higher Education reports that the Microsoft representative to the Commission on the Future of Higher Education lobbied for changes to the final report regarding the language on open source. Here is the original language:

The commission encourages the creation of incentives to promote the development of open-source and open-content projects at universities and colleges across the United States, enabling the open sharing of educational materials from a variety of institutions, disciplines, and educational perspectives. Such a portal could stimulate innovation, and serve as the leading resource for teaching and learning. New initiatives such as OpenCourseWare, the Open Learning Initiative, the Sakai Project, and the Google Book project hold out the potential of providing universal access both to general knowledge and to higher education.
and the revised language:
The commission encourages the creation of incentives to promote the development of information-technology-based collaborative tools and capabilities at universities and colleges across the United States, enabling access, interaction, and sharing of educational materials from a variety of institutions, disciplines, and educational perspectives. Both commercial development and new collaborative paradigms such as open source, open content, and open learning will be important in building the next generation learning environments for the knowledge economy.
I don't think the change is as much conern is that a MS representative, or any representative, business or otherwise, to the council can get a change made after the whole committee has voted for acceptance of the document. Here's the whole story: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2006/07/25/gao
Okay, maybe I'm just a naive kind of guy, but this just floors me. I'd like to say "Only in America", but I fear that this could have happened jus as easily in Canada or any other western nation.

tags: , , , open content, open source, politics, graduate student, graduate students, graduate school, higher education, education