Portfolio Unit (9311)

This page (and it’s sub pages) are designed to support my completion of the unit 9311 Doctoral Research Skills Portfolio.

17 Feb 2015: What is this unit actually about? Well the learning outcomes are the numbered sub pages on this blog. But fundamentally it’s about working out what I don’t know that I need to know to do my PhD and then working out how to know it. The irony is, one thing I need to know is how to work without structure and this unit is entirely unstructured. Hmmm, a challenge within in a challenge. I’m dating my entries to show progression of thought because these are pages and not posts. No one will know if I’ve lied (the joy of technology!) and just done everything at the very end, but I’ll know. And besides, my supervisor keeps telling me it’s about the journey. So, let’s begin.

18 March 2015: As part of this unit we were recommended to do a self evaluation to work out a plan for what we need to do to improve. Here is my start (Skills assessment port) with basic ideas, but I believe I’m going to be required to do more of a plan that what I have.

Preparation for 7 April Week 8 Review:

1) Completion of the assessment rubric for the 9311 unit Mid Semester Review Form

2) Discuss the work that I will be submitting by the end of next week on commodification. Note, this is a discussion, not an editing process as I really don’t think it is at the editing stage, I think it will be more along the lines of “academic writing should more like…..”

21 April Week 8 Review – Outcomes

Due to my supervisor putting a nail in his foot and breaking a rib (two different incidents) there was a delay in my Week 8 Review. It occurred on the 21st. As a result of this meeting I updated my skills audit (9311 Portfolio Unit – Skills Audit) but interestingly the most important weakness David identified was learning to be comfortable with not knowing what I don’t know. With this comes the skill of trust. I need to trust David, Linda and others supporting this journey. Not sure this weakness is something to be addressed by attending sessions, but I think they are a good place to start.

Summary of sessions attended:

  • 11 February 2015 – Orientation Session – Craig Applegate
  • 12 February 2015 – Qualitative data analysis without software – Chris Chevalier
  • 24 February 2015 – Introduction to unit 9311 – Joelle Vandermensbrugghe
  • 2 March 2015 – Qualitative Analysis – David Marsh
  • 3 March 2015 – Online Presence – Michael DePercy
  • 5 March 2015 – Pre PLC meeting – Louise Mayo
  • 10 March 2015 – Research Workshop – David Carter
  • 17 March 2015 – Using research resources – Sevilay Esat
  • 19 March 2015 – Planning your PhD – Hugh Kearns
  • 25 March 2015 – Confirmation Seminar IGPA – Marion Carter
  • 26 March 2015 – PLC initial meeting
  • 29 March – PLC (Notes from PLC meeting on 29 March 2015)
  • 31 March 2015 – Setting your PhD topic – David Marsh
  • 1 April 2015 – Supervisor meeting – Linda Botterill
  • 7 April 2015 – PLC (PLC – 7 April 2015 Meeting)
  • 13 April 2015 – Research methodology – Patrick L’Espoir Decosta
  • 14 April 2015 – Qualitative Analysis – Barbara Pamphilon
  • 21 April 2015 -Week 8 Review supervisor meeting – David Carter
  • 24 April 2015 – Research methodology – Patrick L’Espoir Decosta
  • 30 April 2015 – Discourse Analysis – Patrick L’Espoir Decosta
  • 5 May 2015 – 9311 Presentation – Mel Timpson
  • 5 May 2015 – Introductory Seminar – Zeena
  • 5 May 2015 – 9311 Presentation – Louise Mayo
  • 8 May 2015 – Supervisor Meeting – David Carter
  • 12 May 2015 – Research methodology contextualise the problem – David Carter
  • 12 Mat 2015 – How to write your methodology chapter -Joelle Vandermensbrugghe (PLC design methodology section)
  • 14 May 2015 – Supervisor Meeting – Linda Botterill
  • 16 May 2015 – PLC (PLC Writing Session 16 May 2015)
  • 19 May 2015 – How to write your research proposal – Joelle Vandermensbrugghe (PLC Research Proposal Session 19 may)
  • 20 May 2015 – 9311 Presentation – Shara Ranasinghe
  • 21 May 2015 – Supervisor Meeting David Carter
  • 26 May 2015 – How to manage large documents in Word – Joelle Vandermensbrugghe

Resources not linked to learning outcome:

29 May 2015: Today I submit my portfolio to my supervisor. I will be using this document (Portfolio marking sheet MT ref) to scaffold him through the assessment process and align with this blog. Developing this document has consolidated the last four months of work. It has forced me to reflect on all the sessions and conversations I’ve had in relation to my skills and how to improve as well as recognise my strengths. It is also an important process for me to align my thoughts against a framework as my discourse analysis will require a framework of codes and my allocation of thoughts. This is a very small dry run.

Anyway, what have I learnt? I’ve learnt there is value in writing up more formal notes of the sessions I attend for research rather than just leaving them in Evernote on the iPad. I’ve learnt there is value in attending the same session more than once as I will get more the second (or even perhaps the third) time around. Mostly I’ve learnt it will people who will fill my skills gap. Either by teaching me the skill, or by complementing me in such a way the gap becomes meaningless. The Portfolio Learning Circle taught me this and continue to complement my gaps. They are the best thing from this unit.

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