I was reeeeeeally tempted not to write this post. I had high hopes that I would be wrapping up a couple of projects, but that didn’t really happen… mostly because I failed to plan for some tech fails and logistical mishaps. You would think that after all these years I would be better at anticipating this sort of stuff, and preparing for it. But, er, no. That’s life, I suppose.
So, in the spirit of transparency, here is a quick look at what I did manage to tick off my list, in January.
On the research front, I did some more interview coding, I submitted a small proposal and I applied to join a sandpit. Everything else research-related on my list has stalled.
On the writing front, I discussed an idea for a paper about ChatGPT and education with a potential co-author. I put together an extended abstract based on the data that I have been coding since December and managed to submit it with about 1 hour or so to go before the deadline. Phew… No progress on the research methods book, but the co-authored paper about personalisation in the physical retail environment has been accepted and published. Yay.
Teaching was the main event this month. It started with marking last semester’s module, progressed to preparing for the new one (designing class activities, materials, online learning environment, assessment…) and, finally, actually starting the new semester.
And… that’s it. I can’t say it was a bad start – it’s just that it wasn’t what I had in mind. Did you have a good start to 2023?