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A post about everything and about nothing

October 8th, 2010 by Cristina Costa
perhaps about me! I don’t really yet know what this post is going to be about. I just know I feel this ultimate urge to write…in a pursuit of trying…just trying to make sense of what has just happened. (there will be typos, and there will be grammar inconsistencies, I am just warning you…!) I’m [...]

About a PhD…

July 15th, 2010 by Cristina Costa
Any stories worth sharing? Here is some thoughts about my own experience as a PhD student. This post was inspired by Joyce Seitzinger’s tweet … and my lack of sleep! Basically the PhD is a journey … a journey you will start out with all the willing of the world.  I still remember the big smile [...]

Integrating technology into researcher training

May 29th, 2010 by Cristina Costa
Two months ago or so I was challenged to submit a case study to the VITAE Integrating Technology in research training Workshop, which I did. It ended up being accepted and on Thursday I presented it. A shared space for research View more presentations from Cristina Costa. As it often happens, after presenting it I keep mulling over [...]

Lunch break reflection

May 12th, 2010 by Cristina Costa
I am still stranded in Europe, waiting to return to the UK. If everything goes as planned I will touch British soil tomorrow. Meanwhile I have been working online. And if it weren’t for the fact that I had to postpone some rather important meetings, my absence in the office would have probably gone unnoticed. And [...]

What’s the role of narrative inquiry in my research project?

April 8th, 2010 by Cristina Costa
Well, this is a question many people have been asking me. This is equally a question I ask myself. Simply because it is still hard to articulate my purpose and choices in such a way it becomes clear enough to those who ask. As Einstein once said, if you can’t explain it simply, you don’t [...]

Personal Narratives…

March 4th, 2010 by Cristina Costa
It’s been a while since I last posted. A feeling of guilty hovers over my mind. I need to post more. I should voice my feelings and record my experiences more often. After all, this is my thinking spot. But this is also a shared spot and I don’t want to overwhelm you with my troubles. [...]

Moving along with the change…

February 10th, 2010 by Cristina Costa
A couple of weeks ago I went to see Nitin Sawnhey talking about his career. I must say, to my embarrassment, I knew nothing about this artist before that day, but I was quite pleased to come away from this event with a little bit more understanding about his music and influences, and, especially, about [...]

Winter School – some thoughts #JTELWS2010

February 9th, 2010 by Cristina Costa
I have just come back from the Joint Technology Enhanced Learning Winter School. It brought together young and senior researchers in the field of TEL in meaningful discussions. It was great fun too. Each day new topics were introduced and there was an effort to make the sessions as much interactive as possible. In [...]

Some thoughts… about Education

February 3rd, 2010 by Cristina Costa
Last night @m_a_s_c , @krajagopal and I were talking about education. In General! It all started with talking about doing a PhD and not feeling we have the same kind of ‘endurance’ we had when we first went to University. The three of us, although in different countries, have experienced similar educational structures, which basically [...]

My PhD in 3 minutes

January 29th, 2010 by Cristina Costa
I am off to the JTEL Winter School on Advanced Learning Technologies 2010 It was quite a surprise to have received a scholarship, and quite short notice too. I can’t believe it’s already about to start! WOW I am excited about the programme. It seems to be quite hands-on. I was asked to create a three minute presentation [...]
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