About month ago, when the course instructor assigned our cohort with a task to start blogging, I wondered how would my writing contribute towards learning community. After few trials of blog posts in adherence to the set criteria by the instructor, I understood the significance of the assignment.
A detailed reading on the importance of blogging in academia made me understand that the knowledge sharing in an informal tone, appeals to a wider range of audience including non-academic (Estes, 2012, pp. 980-981). Especially, when blogs have options to comment, the writer is encouraging a dialogue with the reader and thus providing a platform for knowledge creation. The blog may eventually become a buffer or perhaps a catalyst for constructing a virtual network of knowledge.
One of the parameters for the assignment was to limit the word count to a maximum of 300. It is easy to wander and get lost in thoughts, but when writing one must attempt to engage the reader actively. It ‘s hard to comprehend and present all the information you wanted to in such short limit, but I also realized that it is imperative of an amateur writer like me to learn how to be precise and focused. As a learner, I hope to keep learning and contribute to the community in an informed way. I appreciate my instructors and my classmates for being a critical resource in these initial steps of the journey.
How would you as a reader believe in what you are reading and how important is it for you to rely on your readings to form knowledge of the information in the text? I requote Plato “Knowledge is justified true belief”. What characteristics of the readings underpin the so-called justification for your belief?
Before this course, I believed in what I read unless there is an amusing difference with reality or at least what I presumed to be real. Now, I learned that scholarly work should substantiate every statement it makes and present it credibly. If I seek respect in a scholarly world, I must appreciate the academic community and its resources. It is taxing to scan and read the amount of available literature. I often find myself pearl diving and bunny hopping from one source to another.
a more thorough theorization of the new possibilities for scholarship, and by extension, effective activism made possible by digital media, as opposed to merely replicating old questions in new contexts or vice versa (Howard-Spink, 2009,p.426, para.3)
The digital media is both boon and a bane in the process.With the advent of digital media, a reader may choose to access information to quench the thirst for knowledge and in the process, lose the track of time and authenticity, become a victim of piracy and infringements. Thus a critical evaluation of the text we are accessing as well as producing is necessary.
An author of any kind must be aware that there is a responsibility associated with the authorship, be conscious of accountability and ownership. Horrors like plagiarism collusion of information not only damages the reputation of the author but also warrants repercussions. To maintain the integrity and respect of the academic community, an author must adhere to the philosophy of scholarship and open their work for critical analysis.
Howard-Spink, S. (2009). Book Review: Hall, G. (2008). Digitize This Book! The Politics of New Media, or Why We Need Open Access Now. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 301 pages, $19.95. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 33(4), 424–428. http://doi.org/10.1177/0196859909341759
During the residency, our cohort was exposed to various discussion fora, such as world cafe, research panel, etc., Where we had an exclusive opportunity to interact with a diversity of experienced members. The pearls of wisdom and perspective were for the grabs by the participants, and it was wonderful. Virtually the research community is vast and widespread. The plethora of materials that is populating the network is incredible. The global connectivity and knowledge share has left the doors of research wide open for the pursuit of learners. An enthusiast, whether an educator or an educatee may use the media such as the blogging to open their voices and sound their opinions and thoughts into the world. There is a population who are waiting to resonate with the thoughts of these enthusiasts and develop on these available texts. As described by Asselin (2008)
Blogging is providing spaces tor networking in a new way that includes a diversity that was not possible before the Internet. (p.27)
Blogging has become a new platform for instruction, and the usage of blogs would benefit the students at various levels (Bishop, 2010, p.203).
Having said that, I believe that vigilance is necessary whether you are a knowledge creator or a consumer over the media. One must be aware of the implications and the ripple of consequences they are sourcing. Publications for the sake of publication without any substantial sources for authenticity must be avoided for it is as much responsibility as is the right to express.
The first blended face to face group assignment in one of the courses was to prepare a presentation and to write an essay about approaching a research question from different perspectives or “lens” of research. The group discussion after the team formation was fantastic, and we ended up having so much infotainment (“infotainment”, n.d.)
Understanding the research traditions was very critical, and we had the least idea on key aspects of What, How, and Why. It was a revelation to understand that no question is silly for investigation and that there is no wrong way to approach a question. We thought every lens is suitably appropriate depending upon what is the anticipated result. The anticipation of a result itself is a vague statement as if you are anticipating the result, what is it that you are looking for and how biased are you to the process of landing at that result. So we realized that the lens is the navigator, and each lens has its method of looking at the question. Whether it is a qualitative or quantitative or mixed research, one may land on an answer to their question and nothing is too far from possibility. The fact is that none of the lenses are inferior to the other. It was a great learning experience considering we pulled our corporate and academic knowledge together to choose the appropriate tradition of research for the set question
With a clearly laid outline for work and designated work process, our team had an impressive job done. We had few glitches regarding finalizing our document which is when we have realized that a thorough and strict adherence to rubrics is necessary. The team of four named ourselves the ‘awesome amazeballs’, and each of us contributed to the activity to our best of knowledge.
I must admit, when I first read the term “Cultures of Inquiry,” I thought it must be a typo and that the topic, in fact, is going to talk about Inquiry of cultures. Not stopping there, I went ahead wondering how would different cultures impact learning in their domain considering, the society as a stakeholder is co-dependent on culture. I thought, wow! The course is going head-on with global education phenomenon from a sensitive angle. It only took a few minutes before I started reading it and snapped out of my dreamy eyes and boy! I was too far from the reality.
The book titled, Mindful inquiry in social research by Bentz, V.M. & Shapiro, J.J. (1998) opened a new door and led me towards whole new dimension towards research.
Being a novice technical writer, my writing was always structured in IEEE. I had hard time understanding the standards set by American Psychological Association (APA) for academic writing. But I think it is learnable :D. However what made me grounded is not this new language I am learning, but the fact that I called myself a researcher all these years without even knowing basic theories and traditions of research.
The only true wisdom is in knowing that you know nothing
I believe that the quote was by Socrates and I always reread it in my head everytime I encounter a new thing. I picked my dumb self up into accepting and learning the newness.So here is to research and my baby steps to understand it.
In 2010, when I created/registered this blog, I wanted to log my thoughts as a journal but never post them. Years later, I realize that I never used this space as I am not a person who pens down the thought processes. But here I am trying to domesticate this blog.
As the word, Legilemens stands for its ability to penetrate and find out about the truth, I intend to understand the meaning of research by going through the levels of the research process.
Legilimens, is a word taken from Harry Potter Series by J.K.Rowling.
Legilimency is the act of magically navigating through the many layers of a person’s mind and correctly interpreting one’s findings. A person who practises this art is known as a Legilimens.