‘What do you do when you’re at work?’ someone asked me a while ago, suggesting that the life of a PhD student is somewhat shrouded in mystery behind those university walls and screens. A fair question! For example, I spent a lot of time scavenging for literature, reading books or articles, summarizing, studying, discussing, writing – or at least attempting to do so –, designing a website, and even reading the same stuff all over again!
‘But what do you really do?’ she asked.
‘Well,’ I said while trying to find some kind of common denominator, ‘I have been thinking.’
‘That doesn’t make things any clearer!’
‘I’ve been thinking about education, methodology, and digitisation.’
The general answer was met by silence and disbelief.
‘I guess you’re right…’ I admitted, ‘it doesn’t make things clearer. Perhaps I ought to show you instead of just trying to tell you.’
This blog is an attempt to do just that, and helps me to show some concrete examples of the thinking done behind those university walls and screen.
The IHBT blog is online!
My previous experience as a webmaster – do people still use that word? – was quite useful for setting up this research blog. I wanted to create an independent platform that facilitates a rather intuitive way of sharing informal academic texts, and equally, a platform with some interesting features in the graphical department. The choice for the picture on the front page is random, but more on that later. For now I’m looking forward to sharing some of my thoughts with you and to offer guest authors the opportunity to do the same. Feel free to contact me to share some of your work on IHBT.
To conclude, I need to give some credit where credit is due! Here are some other research blogs about education and digitisation that might appeal to you as well. They were, and are, a valuable example for the design of the webpage, the writing style, and the type of content IHBT is hosting.
- Hack Education by Audrey Watters. She is an independent scholar and writes out-of-the-box pieces about education with a digital and technological twist. Check out her personal website here.
- Code Acts in Education by Ben Williamson. He is a is a Chancellor’s Fellow at the Centre for Research in Digital Education and the Edinburgh Futures Institute at the University of Edinburgh. He examines the relations between educational policy, digital technologies, and practices in schools and universities.
- The research blog of Taina Bucher. She is a media researcher, based in Copenhagen and teaches as an associate professor in the Communication and IT programme. Bucher blends critical media theory with programming skills and design research. Her latest book, If…. Then: Algorithmic power and politics, will appear in one of my next posts.