How interesting it is to be in the middle of two deadlines. We requested emails of interest by March 10th and chapter proposals by May 31st.We are diligently working away on small tasks, but the big picture is sometimes forgotten as there are not any looming deadlines.
So to keep us busy in the meantime, we are working away on a comprehensive literature review. Between the four of us we have read just over 100 articles on the subject. I have been using a citation analysis process to generate new articles of interest, along with a search in Scopus.
I have been reading the articles on my iPad using Adobe Reader. It is very cool to be highlighting and commenting right on the document itself. This has been a big step for me as I am typically 'old school' and prefer to print off and mark up the print copy instead.
I can barely keep up with my email today, as it is the last day to state your interest in submitting a chapter to our book. We have a whooping 28 potential contributors already. I am so excited that there are so many people out there who are interested in contributing. I am also somewhat relieved to see such a huge outpouring of interest, as it means that our topic is relevant and timely!
Next step: chapter proposals are due on May 31, 2015. To date, we have already received two proposals.
I have never encountered several class clowns in one class, or let alone anyone that consistently interrupts the class with their antics. I guess I travel in some pretty serious circles.
I was delightfully surprised and somewhat flustered when I arrived to teach a class and discovered that the entire front three rows was made up of groups of students who were quick witted and very willing to share their anecdotes with us (sometimes on topic, sometimes not).
I love that kind of stuff, but really had to put my classroom management skills to work to ensure that the overall class discussion was not derailed. At one point, I was even avoiding eye contact in order to encourage silence. Usually it is the other way around and students avoid eye contact with me.
Quick update here as the wheels are starting to turn very quickly...
Financial approval was received on February 2, 2015
Ethics Application for a chapter that will be written by M. Kumaran, S. Lucky, C. Doi and I was submitted to the Dean's Office, U of S Library, then submitted to the Ethics Office and received on February 11, 2015 (has not been officially accepted as of today's date)
Completed contract signed on February 16, 2015
Invitations to submit a chapter were sent out starting on February 18, 2015
Today, we have 12 potential contributors and there is still 13 days to respond to our initial request
Today, I have read 26 articles on distributed learning of 43 found items that I am working on!
Back in September I posted about the benefits of using a highly specialized database to look up terms that would definitely retrieve questionable results with a broader search on Google.
I almost fell into the same trap on Friday with a search for airstrips. I had asked the students to come up with synonyms for this term, which in turn we would use for a grey literature search in the advanced search on Google. Now wasn't I lucky that no questionable results were found in class.
I received the first email asking me if I would be interested in publishing a book on September 9, 2014. Last week on January 28, 2015, we received an email stating that our book proposal had been accepted. Now we just are waiting on financial approval and then I assume after that a contract.
We are tentatively putting out some feelers to see if certain individuals are interested in writing with us. So far, I have agreed to write two chapters, both with co-authors as well as the introduction and conclusion with my main writing partner.
We have started a literature review and the application for ethics approval.
The wheels are slowly moving. I have a feeling that I am on the edge of the pool, about to jump in to deep water.