Frances Bell

home at last – for all the mes


Reflecting, recollecting, research – Auf wiedersehen #rhizo14


Many flowers blooming (none of them rhizomes;)

I have been enjoying seeing traces of rhizo14ers reflections and recollections over the last few days. Thanks Dave for hosting the longest party I have ever attended and thanks to all the rhizo14 folks from whom I have learned and will learn so much.

All participants will see changes in themselves and their networks as they move on from #rhizo14 and there are traces in many different Internet spaces – text, audio, video – poems, songs, jokes, writing, drawings  and delicious remixes.  A few of us are collecting data, some for research purposes – trying to reify our learning through more traditional avenues. The spaces we have used have generated an abundance of data, including data for network models.

At #rhizo14 we have modelled our ethics by discussing the use of data.  We have collaborated on an end of course survey coordinated by Dave Cormier, due out soon.  If it follows on from the first survey, the submissions will be anonymous but the results will be public.

I know of two pieces of research going on at rhizo14, but there are probably more (please update in comments).

1. There is a collaborative auto-ethnography underway – based on some previous work on MOOCs done by participants.  It’s collaborative and public so that’s a new form of research for me. I can’t wait to see the outcome.

2.  Jenny Mackness and Frances Bell are doing qualitative research on the learner / participant experience in rhizo14 .  The reasons for including qualititative and interpretive research are explained very well by George Veletsianos.  We plan to ask for contributions in the next two weeks – on G+ community, on Facebook group, and on Twitter at #rhizo14.   If you want to be sure of catching the invitation you could (temporarily) follow this blog, as I will be posting  the details here. Your contribution will be completely anonymous, unless you specifically opt to the contrary.  There will be only three four questions/ prompts for your response – the others relating to your confidentiality choices.

All that remains is for me to wish you Auf Wiedersehen: in the way of #rhizo14, in multiple versions. I collected a random set if images from blogs, and annotated them with the words that sprang into my mind when I looked at the picture.  William’s song was a great inspiration.

First, the original Zeega that WordPress won’t allow me to embed in the post – you scroll through this at your own speed.

Second a recorded version that I uploaded to youtube

Here’s the the music without hissing – thanks William for writing and performing this.

And finally, in cheesy, retro, old school fashion

adieuauf wiedersehenfarewellreflectionreflectionsresearchrhizo14so long

francesbell • February 22, 2014

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  1. George Veletsianos February 22, 2014 - 7:39 pm Reply

    Thank you for your kind words, Frances. I’m looking forward to seeing what you uncover with your study!

  2. Frances Bell February 22, 2014 - 8:43 pm Reply

    You’ll be the first to know. We are, as ever, dependent on the kindness and contributions of research participants.

  3. Gordon Lockhart February 23, 2014 - 4:56 pm Reply

    Thanks for the mention Frances 🙂

    Re missed posts – there always seem some in a MOOC that escape attention for no good reason. I recently had the Scraper display posts without comments for 3 days only – unfortunately, this was too late for some.

    Concerning research, I have HTML files of the Scraper’s daily output from Jan 15. I’m unclear about privacy issues for this sort of remix but if it helps I can provide copies for research purposes provided the original authors’ rights are respected. Coverage of course was not comprehensive and omitted G + etc.

    • Frances Bell February 24, 2014 - 12:01 am Reply

      Thanks Gordon – will contact you separately about this.

  4. tellio February 23, 2014 - 10:46 pm Reply

    Here’s a short very raw screencast on how to embed on a wordpress blog:

  5. Frances Bell February 23, 2014 - 11:25 pm Reply

    @tellio – thanks for taking so much trouble over that. Once I had put the embed code in and found wordpress had stripped it out I checked out wordpress and found I think you are using a different blogging service.

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