“Doing” a Doctorate – week 24

Published on Friday 20th April 2018 by DJ Kirkby

Have to say that the experience of presenting at the Open Educational Resources (OER) conference was pretty kick ass…. what? That is SO a doctoral level language phrase. It was an awesome experience and privilege to be invited to present to delegates who had travelled to the conference from all over the world, and to have them respond so enthusiastically to my project. Obviously they hadn’t travelled just to hear me speak, but still, wow.

I am ashamed to say that my membership with the navigationally challenged society is still a necessity. I managed to get lost ON A BUS on the way to the conference. Yes indeed. The shame of it all. Even my sat nav app couldn’t figure out how to get me to the conference venue from where the bus dropped me off.

After a tutorial with the unit lead yesterday I have decided that I probably need to change the title of this blog series to “Dunce does a Doctorate”. No, seriously. SO embarrassing. I understood very little of what he said, and really I do think this new language sound be sounding familiar to me by now. I took A LOT of notes and he’s also sent notes so at least I have those to refer back to as I try to muddle through.

I think I may have also been slightly distracted by the fact that this is the SECOND member of the EdD teaching team that I’ve met so far who is total silver fox,  and I may have been regretting that I had rocked up to the tutorial looking like I had just fallen out of bed (shutup, I had not) and in no way looked like any sort of a fox (vixen?) myself.  Not sure it’s entirely politically correct to refer to them as foxes actually, but I don’t mean it in a lecherous way, just that it’s a pleasant surprise. Perhaps this is a sign that I’ve worked in a  female dominated teaching team for far too long….

And, in interests of keeping this blog an honest account of my experiences of “doing” a doctorate I feel I need to record this “hubba hubba EdD unit leads” aspect. “Doing” a doctorate with unit leads as handsome as my husband – it would seem there may be some positive aspects of this self-induced torture after all.

Week 24: read week 23 by clicking here
Publishable doctorate words written – Errrr, still waiting to hear back from NET about the article I submitted nine weeks ago.
Doctorate assignment words written – 4339 (of 5000) on assignment no 2 about methodologies and methods (a.k.a. Death by Meths)
Cups of tea drunk – eleventymillion, let’s be honest, this number is never going to change….I think I’m an addict
Miles run – 3.2 miles
Miles swam – zero, I am restricted to wearing glasses until I have had biometric measurements done on my eyes and I can’t see to swim without corrective lenses – that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it
Miles cycled – Zero (restricted to wearing glasses – see above – so can’t see well enough to cycle safely)
Cakes baked –  a lot of cupcakes as I attempted to write a recipe for vegan red velvet cupcakes. I think I’m nearly there now just a couple more tweaks needed   See my recipe section for various recipes.
Crafting  done- I’ve knit one cannula sleeve for a dementia patient and started a second one. They have lots of different types of yarn, patterns and twiddly bits to provide distraction.  (Picture at end of post)
Books read for pleasure  Exhibit Alexandra (see 2018 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate – None actually, lalalalalaaaaa
Movies watched for doctorate – None
Articles read for doctorateHow to act like a superstar scholar (I don’t think it will help my doctorate but it’s hilarious and helped take the edge off pre-conference anxiety)
Blogs read for doctorate – None this week
Research undertaken – None this week
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – none (not in a place where I have anything to show)
Meetings with ALN / LD support – I am despairing over feedback from LDs about my first draft of my assignment  why is this such hard work? *flails about*
Average level of guilt felt when trying to squeeze doctorate days in work diary –  quite high
Overall average stress level –  high
Average success rate – acceptable

Plan for next week:

  • Undergo  more training to learn how to fully utilise ALN tech equipment
  • Muddle through notes taken during tutorial with unit lead
  • Wait for eye op appointment to arrive (have had pre-op date but still waiting for op date)
  • Wait for husband’s referral date to new specialist to find out extent of damage caused by illness number two (he’s received a letter informing him there are currently NO appointments!)
  • Bake more
  • Continue knitting cannula arms sleeves for dementia patients
  • Continue work on “Death by Meths” assignment
  • Write proposal paper for FTC18 conference (closing date 25th April – no pressure!)
  • Read more for fun
  • 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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