“Doing” a Doctorate – week 15

Published on Friday 16th February 2018 by DJ Kirkby

This week has been quite exciting in “Doing” a Doctorate world.

  1. I passed my first assessment! 5000 words written at doctoral level and I actually did not fail! Amazing.
  2. I have been granted permission to conduct research using my pilot virtual reality learning environment (VRLE) with healthcare students at Edith Cowan University (Aus)
  3. I have also been given permission to spend the money to build another VRLE for our healthcare students at Bournemouth University (more on that in another post).

Not doctorate related precisely but still me so…yeah, included here. The eye surgeon has decided to do my first eye surgery under GA which pleases me no end (see post last week for further detail of me being scaredy).

Week 15 of 48 allocated (part time) doctorate weeks (Day 14 of 192): read week 14 by clicking here
Publishable doctorate words written –  I completed and submitted the first (co-authored) article about my research project last Sunday. And now, I wait to hear from the journal…
Doctorate assignment words written Some of second assignment drafted (but only in my head).
Cups of tea drunk – eleventymillion (still with plant based milk)
Miles run – Just 3! IKR? I feel 100 lbs heavier already. Just haven’t been able to finish work in time to get out to 6.45pm run club and it’s too dark to run on my own before / after work.
Cakes baked –  Blackberry bundt, raspberry and coconut pancakes (they are like breakfast cakes), shortbread. See my recipe section for various recipes.
Crafting done – none, because eyesight is rubbish now
Books read for pleasure – The Confession by Jo Spain, Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris  (see 2018 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate – Qualitative research in Practice – stories from the field by Yvonne Darlington and Dorothy Scott, Health Research Methods – a practical guide by Kathryn H. Jacobsen, Research and Evaluation For Busy Practitioners – a time saving guide by Helen Kara
Movies watched for doctorate – None though I did watch the winter olympics opening ceremony which has some nice examples of VR, also watched this short video about a robot that can open doors which was quite disturbing to my over-thinking mind (I think it’s the scorpion like design of the device that bothers me so much)  This short video about a back flipping robot and this one about a robot who slips on banana peels were much less disturbing and downright comical at certain points.
Articles read for doctorateThe REF, Assembly, Developing Digital Literacies
Blogs read for doctorate –
Research undertaken – Will begin second batch of research with new cohorts from England and Australia March 2018
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – none (not in a place where I have anything to show)
Meetings with ALN / LD support – none
Average level of guilt felt when trying to squeeze doctorate days in work diary – tolerable
Overall average stress level – High
Average success rate – minimal

Plan for next week:

  • Continue reading around methods and methodology for next assignment
  • Bake more
  • Cuddle new grandson as much as possible
  • Read more for fun
  • Not think about impending eye surgery
  • Allow myself to get distracted by all things shiny and appreciate that for the future creativity and benefit it may add to my doctorate

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