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Preparation for starting with BAPP

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Feedback and First Tuesday SKYPE

Staring back on Module Two and Three you will have and feedback from your last module along with your grade. The feedback is a starting point to begin this terms module. With Those people starting Module Three this is particularly important.
The feedback you would have got for Module Two is directly about the inquiry process you are about to start. Module Threes you are asked to begin by responding to this feedback. Make your response direct to the feedback. You could cut and paste what the feedback says and directly respond under it. You can go through each point like this:

From feedback sheet “Interviews: You  state you are not looking to facilitate them answering your question. You are interested in what their experiences are (as you say qualitative approach). Therefore, to compare their answers it is easier to ask them in the same format. Different approaches to your interview method support different responses. How would you compare response if the difference has been created by how you asked the questions? Please respond to this in your ‘response to Module Two feedback’ document.”

Response: I re-read Smith (2005) chapter on interviews techniques. I had been interested in using different techniques because it seemed they would all create interesting different answers and I wanted a range of answers. But thinking about my inquiry I realised I was planning to  force the answers to be different by making the questions different. I need to conduct the interviews in a similar way and look for the different in the answers as part of the analysis I do. I am realising the analysis part of the inquiry is actually more work and time than the data collection. I think I got a bit carried away with the data collection designs and I have decided to keep it simpler. Therefore, I will be using semi-structured interviews with all the interviewees. I will be beginning each interview with the same set of three prompt questions.”

Try to answer/ address all the feedback through a clear response to the points made. Remember you don’t have to just do what the feedback suggests. You are responding to it. If you do not want to change something as the feedback suggests explain why and what you thinking is about it further.

What do you think?

Looking forward to reading your comment below.

Also next Tuesday is our first Tuesday of the Month Group skype chat. (Tuesday October 4th)
If you would like to join we have am and pm sessions.
am = 10am (in London time)
pm = 6:30pm (in London time)

Please indicate which you would like to join in the comment below.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Starting back - group chat Friday: what do you think...?

Today we had our first group induction back. There were people from Module 2 & 3 at the chat. We talked about thinking about getting started back. We said it is an idea to start by reading your feedback from the last module, and thinking about what you felt work for you and what did not work for you as you start to plan the coming module. Then having a look at the coming Module Handbook and getting a clear idea about what you will be required to hand-in at the end of the Module and when (January 6th 2017). Lastly, getting back into connecting with people by posting and commenting on the blogs to re-connect with the BAPP learning community.

There is no firing gun to say ‘you started’ on September 26th it is really about you starting now to prepare yourself by making sure you have the resources you need to complete the module.

Different people in the chat are post on parts of the chat they thought were useful reminders as you start back.

Ben https://bensbappblog.blogspot.com/ and Maddy (Maddy will put her blog address in the comment below so people can visit it to read her post) are posting on the importance of time management, knowing deadline and strategies for this.

Rebecca http://rebeccajones387.blogspot.com/ is going to write a little more about thinking about what went well and what didn’t go well last module.

Lois-May https://lois-mayhunt.blogspot.com/ liked a metaphor that each module is like a field. At the other side of the field is a gate which you need to walk through with the work you are handing-in. How you get across the field is dependent on your own Professional Practice – its your journey across the field. We are there to walk with you and help you but you need to work out your own journey across the field. So knowing where the gate is (What you are handing-in and when) is clearly important. Then the ‘Tasks’ act a suggested stepping stones across the field also. The importance of being clear about what you are handing-in was something Victoria http://victoriamayvickers.blogspot.co.uk though was a good tip as you start back.

Laurence http://lawrencemassie.blogspot.com.ee/ thought it was important to note how talking to other people on the course through the blogs and skypes is a useful way to develop your ideas. We have group Skype every first Tuesday of the month so look out for those.
Grace http://gracehume.blogspot.co.uk/ also thought the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) in Module Two will be helpful ways to share ideas.

Nastazia http://tazphilippoublogs.blogspot.co.uk/ liked talking about the fact Module two is quite a practical module you are making a plan or proposal to the university – you can not spend the whole module trying to get the perfect question and then not have the practical plan of action for the inquiry done!!

Cassie http://cassievercoe.blogspot.co.uk/ thought it was important to remember in Module Three that the inquiry might change even at the very start as thing do not work out the way you planned and that is part of the learning and your journey. It is not about doing exactly what you said you would do (if it is exactly as you thought why bother doing it!!!). It about learning form the activity of trying to do an inquiry. 
Paula is also posting on the idea of starting back notes from the chat on Saturday.

Please post comment and ideas in the comments below.
Welcome back

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Welcome, Welcome back...

Well, we are unfolding from the summer, getting ready to start back at BAPP or start BAPP for the first time!!!
There are some ‘Welcome’ and ‘Welcome back’ skype chats coming up.

For those Module One-ers starting BAPP Paula will have contacted you about Induction sessions. These are
Friday 9th September at 8pm (time In London)
Saturday 10th September at 11am (time in London)
Monday 12th September at 11am (time in London)

We put ‘time in London’ because some people are not in the UK time-zone so you will need to adjust the time to work out what time that means for you where you are! In fact that is part of the great elements of the community of BAPP: we are all over the world which is really exciting.
You will have signed up to a date through talking to Paula. When the time comes for the Skype chat you are signed-up for Paula will call you on Skype – so make sure you have sent a Skype request to Paula (and while you sending requests send one to me for the future Skypes)

For those starting back to BAPP (Module Two & Three) – we have starting back chats on:
Friday 16th September at 8pm (time in London) Adesola will host/call for this Skype.
Saturday 17th September at 11am (time in London) Paula will host /call for this Skype.
Please post in the Comments below which day you will join the chat.

Looking forward to getting going again.