Jeffrey’s Twitter Updates for 2008-10-31

  • Catching up on some reading from our #multimembership discussion #
  • Walking to the office. Today is Halloween, right? No evidence of it anywhere. #
  • Done for the day. I took this afternoon off. Yippee! #
  • What a beautiful afternoon to take off and drive. Nice nice nice. #
  • 54 degrees now in the Catskills, and there is still snow on the ground. Lovely. #

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Jeffrey’s Twitter Updates for 2008-10-29

  • Had some trouble archiving my online class tonight. I hope they address the concern of button placement! #
  • Decided to teach my online class using two computers tonight. Wish the university would provide them for me! #
  • @betsyweber What was that? #
  • Have to go to the NYU School of Nursing for a project team meet this morning. Meteing most of my team there in an hour. #
  • Fire alarm just sounded. The fire safety officer came on and told us to “disacknowledge the alarm.” My new word for the day. #
  • At a break in an all day education team meeting. #
  • Left 1 meeting to go to another. 100% of my day was in meetings. I am the PM of the first two. Glad I will have a few minutes before class. #
  • Just reviewed my notes and the text before class. #

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Jeffrey’s Twitter Updates for 2008-10-28

  • @slideshare Great to hear about that. I never noticed that, but will look into it now. Do you promote that, or have I just missed it? #
  • Got to the office just before the clouds thickened. It looks like night outside. #
  • @BlancheMaynard Got it! #
  • @joostrobben Great link, Joost. Thank you for sharing it. #
  • Anybody see the CLO Ning group ? Just saw it and was wondering if it is new or late to the party? #
  • Virtually swallowed my 12 inch Veggie Delight sandwich whole. Where is the time going?! #
  • Was in an all afternoon meeting, but got called away to help prepare for tomorrow’s all day meeting. #
  • @SarahStewart Unfortunately, it does. #
  • Just heard we have 9 inches of snow in the Catskills. #

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Jeffrey’s Twitter Updates for 2008-10-27

  • Our # multimembership SCoPE session begins today Come check it out! #
  • I just introduced myself at the #multimembership SCoPE session #
  • @joostrobben Are you doing the consulting or hiring the consultant? #
  • Going to grab lunch. #
  • Enjoyed lunch at #Mandoo Bar. #
  • Question about sharing class slides. I always used to post my class slides to Blackboard after I teach the class. #
  • but am considering using Google Docs instead to share slides. Anybody have any experience doing this who can share some thoughts about it? #
  • @SarahStewart I was thinking about that, too. Why Slideshare and not Google Docs? Why not just share the slides themselves? #
  • @suewolff A good dream, or a bad one? #
  • @SarahStewart Good point. I think you need to send the link to Google Docs. I am trying to be more collaborative with my teaching. #
  • @SarahStewart I have always just shared the slides themselves, but have recently been wondering if sharing the raw slides is the best idea. #
  • Sharing class slides takes things out of context. Many of my slides have charts on one, and then only a single word and pic on the next. #
  • @BlancheMaynard Looked like a great profile. Just sent you a friend request in LinkedIn. #
  • @BlancheMaynard I have played around with LinkedIn, and am making an effort to take it more seriously. #
  • @SarahStewart I am not primarily interested in taking my slides in class and doing the extra work to make them asynchronous-ready. #
  • @SarahStewart I get what you mean about the class slides, but for my F2F classes, I put heavy emphasis on class discussion and processing. #
  • @SarahStewart My classroom-based slides are made for the classroom moment itself. This is different than how I work with my online slides! #
  • @coolcatteacher WIshing them the best with it. #
  • What is this horrible news I just heard about the plot against Obama?!?! #
  • Just showed a clip from the Matrix in my Research class. #
  • @slideshare Really a good point about learning outside the lessons. #
  • @slideshare I agree completely. #
  • @slideshare Is there a way to make slides private with Slideshare, or rather that they can be seen but you need a direct url to access them? #

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Research Process and Methodology Class

I am teaching a graduate research class at New York University that begins tonight–Research Process and Methodology (Y51.1900.002.FA08). The course is an introduction to research, and is a required class in the Human Resource Management and Development MS degree program.

I am using 3 texts for this class:

  1. Creswell, J. W. (2009). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  2. Locke, L. F., Silverman, S. J., & Spirduso, W. W. (2004). Reading and understanding research (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  3. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (2001).  (5th ed.). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

While I have more formal learning objectives than I can count, there are really only 3 things I am hoping to achieve in this class. I really want my students to:

  • understand that research can help inform and explain practice
  • know that there is not a single “right” way to engage in research
  • realize that research does not have to be scary

I suppose the main reason I am so excited to teach this class is because of my own three personal objectives for this class that I am finally articulating above. I suffered through numerous research courses, and when I finally learned those three points, research was suddenly very accessible and valuable to me. I only wish somebody would have told me and helped me understand those points earlier in my academic work. They would have saved me from much pain and suffering all on my own.