What to do on my holidays …


Talisman © Belinda Allen

Finishing the year exhausted after AARE and ascilite conferences, I limped over the line to xmas and switched off, at least for a few days. Our son Dan, who is working as an artist at Gameloft in Auckland, is visiting for three weeks. I’m not officially on holiday after Jan 2, but am taking time in lieu for extra days worked last year. And for the PhD have a bundle of reading to do, and my confirmation writing to work on.

My current writing plan:

  • Literature review – round out the work I have done so far with a critical look at the creativity literature – why is ‘creativity’ good, and who says so?
  • Methodology – my experiences at AARE served to reinforce my idea of taking a participatory action research approach, incorporating narrative inquiry. This needs to be explored, developed, justified and detailed.
  • Could I crack a journal article this year? Have several conference publications under my belt, but found out just before xmas that the journal article I had hopes for is not going to be published by EURODL. Disappointed 😦 I understand the difficulties editors have in selecting appropriate submissions, but rather disgruntled that they took nine months (including a substantial revision at eight months) to reject my piece on Creativity and Web 2.0. I may rework it for another journal.
  • I also found out that my proposal is accepted for the Threshold Concepts conference in Dublin in June. Happy 😀 . This piece is on liminality, a notion implicit in the TC literature that I think resonates with ideas around becoming and being creative, and extends the explorations of my AARE piece on transformative learning.
  • Other conferences – most likely ascilite again (NZ in November), and AARE (Sydney in December). And many European/US conferences are now offering virtual presentation options, so that is more accessible than previously.
  • ePortfolios – dabbled in late last year (the ascilite paper began to explore their potential for assessing creativity), hope this will become a significant research project for LTU this year, will look for publishing opportunities.

Phew, I feel exhausted already!