In the course, we were tasked with two papers: a reflection paper and a term paper. Though that is what I set out to do, it's not exactly what I ended up doing. When it was all said and done, I had a paper discussing the potential global value of using open education as a means of reinventing higher education's mission to be a public good and a paper discussing that the open education movement is or at least can be understood in some ways as a part of a coercive practice of neoliberal capitalism. It was a fun time to say the least.
Ok, some of you probably doubt that last statement, but it is true in part. The professor, in his infinite kindness and patience, gave me the (unpressured) time to really sit with the ideas and flesh them out well after the course was over. In having time to sit with, further research, and reflect about what we learned in the course and my various thoughts on open education, things began to click into place and I found myself in both papers making more complex arguments that I had previously not considered or was just able to better articulate. All of which is to say that things really clicked. I've enjoyed different work that I've done throughout the program but I feel like this is one of the first pieces of work that was authentically "mine" or an alignment of evidence in a unique and compelling way. I'm glad to have experienced this and hope that I will continue to have these moments as I continue my journey.
Want to catch up on my previous reflections about being in a PhD program? Check them out:
- Day 1
- Week 1
- First 2 Courses Completed
- First 2 Courses Finished
- Semester 2, Here We Go
- The Existential Crisis of the Week
- The Balancing Act
- Negotiating Privilege in Higher Education
- Zeroing in on Research
- Completing the Second Semester
- Dissertation Journal #1
- Dissertation Journal #2
- So Starts The Third Semester
- My Educational Philosophy...for now
- Dissertation Journal #3
- And Sometimes, You Feel It
- Semester's Endgame
- Year 1, Officially Done
- Year 2, Week 1, Day 1
- Year 2, Week 1 Done!
- 1/3 Complete!?!?!
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