“Doing” a Doctorate – week nine

Published on Friday 5th January 2018 by DJ Kirkby

I’ve managed to gain a half stone over the festive period which I will now have to rename as the ‘feasting’ period. Half a stone! I mean that’s really quite an impressive achievement in a unhealthy sort of way. Just goes to show what drinking wine and eating all of the food while doing none of the exercise will do for you. Who would have thought?

This week also marked a first for me – I self referenced in a piece of academic writing! Although I’m not sure if I should be, I’m quite proud of this fact (in case you couldn’t tell).

Week 9 of 48 allocated (part time) doctorate weeks (Day 10 of 192): read week eight by clicking here
Publishable doctorate related words written –  One article on using immersive learning in healthcare education is nearly ready for submission to NET
Doctorate assignment words written (total needs to be 5000.00) – 4327 words on paper (not necessarily good words or in the right order, but it’s a start)
Cups of tea drunk – eleventybillion
Miles run – ZERO (I’ve been ill with a cold virus since the 19th Dec)
Cakes baked –  no cakes but  I have baked strawberry squares and breakfast cookies (they are SO a legit breakfast dish) – pics on my @djkirkby IG account.
Crafting done – still working on crocheting the same super soft baby blanket
Books read for pleasureA Very Coco Christmas by Robert Bryndza, Miss Kane’s Christmas by Caroline Mickelson, Game of Scones by Samantha Tonge (see 2017 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate – none
Movies watched for doctorate – I, Robot.
Articles read for doctorate – UCAS 2017 Undergraduate analysis reports,’O23: Exploring the use of Virtual Reality technology in neonatal resuscitation simulation for midwifery students’, ‘Connected Health: Preparing Practitioners’,’Using game format to teach psychopharmacology to medical students’,’OU may be in its 40s – but students are getting younger: Open University attracts under-25s seeking part-time study and lower tuition fees’,’Collaborative Learning in Moodle’,’Immersive Virtual Reality: Potential use in an undergraduate nursing & midwifery program in Scotland’, Comparing Conceptions of Social Ontology: Emergent Social Entities and/or Institutional Facts?,’Effects of avatar character performances in Virtual Reality dramas used for teachers’ education’,’Expressions of student debt aversion and tolerance among academically able young people in low-participation English schools’,’Learner acceptance of using Virtual patient encounters to train foreign healthcare professionals in Swedish’,’The Birth Experience: Learning through Clinical Simulation’
Blogs read for doctorate – World Economic Forum’s post on China’s use of AI, Awaken Group, Should you run when you’re ill (it counts as doctoral blog reading because running keeps my anxiety levels under control)
Research undertaken – 43 of 44 students have completed the first survey,  and 22 of 44 students have completed the 2nd survey so far
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – none (not in a place where I have anything to show)
Meetings with ALN support – none, the university is closed for Christmas week so they are all taking a well deserved break
Average level of guilt felt when trying to squeeze doctorate days in work diary – not applicable as I was technically on holiday (from work, but not from studying)
Overall average stress level – minimal
Average success rate – acceptable

Plan for next week:

  • Complete article
  • Complete draft of first assignment
  • Continue to recruit students from two other countries to participate in research
  • Exercise more
  • Bake more
  • Crochet more
  • Cuddle new grandson as much as possible
  • Read just for the fun of it
  • 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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