It seems I put the wrong information with the image I chose for Thing 15.  Turns out it was not protected by the licence I described but is in fact under Public Domain.  So there’s another Thing I’ve learned this week 🙂


How can you treat your PhD like a project?


From the always helpful thesis whisperer comes this gem of advice. I hope I’m approaching the “painting by numbers” category 🙂

The Thesis Whisperer

Fiona Saunders is a Senior Lecturer in the Management of Engineering Projects at The University of Manchester and a part-time PhD student. Her research interests are in the management of projects in safety-critical industries. Prior to academia, Fiona enjoyed a successful 15 year industry career in project management. Fiona blogs at where the original version of the post was published, along with a follow up post.

Long before I threw caution to the wind and (as a mum with 2 small children) began my part-time PhD my Professor (@AndrewWGale) gave me a very wise piece of advice Don’t be afraid of a PhD, it’s really just a project”. Now that I am entering the 3rd year of my part-time PhD I want to reflect on the similarities between a PhD and a project and offer some tips on how to use the tools and techniques of project…

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Thing 12


Oh the agony of making decisions!  It took me ages to decide what to put on slide share!  One of the issues with publishing my current doctoral research in a public forum is that I’m at the analysis/writing stage and my thinking keeps evolving so rapidly that I don’t want to commit to sharing it with anyone in case I live to regret it.  So I’ve uploaded an edited version of a presentation I gave based on my M.Ed research into the ways early childhood teachers might seek to foster children’s spirituality in their practice.  The link is:

Using slideshare


Following on from my previous rambles about story telling, inspired initially by the blog Thinking about Ideas, I found this presentation on Slideshare:

It speaks to the idea of stories, and using social media to share stories in order to develop a sense of community- in the context of a faith-based early childhood centre.  All of which covers two of my major pre-existing interests – early childhood education and children’s spirituality, and cunningly integrates them with my new-found interest in social media and the stories we tell there.

Why you should use Twitter during your PhD


For those of you who may not follow the thesis whisperer, here is further justification for anyone with a newly developing twitter addiction! Enjoy 🙂

The Thesis Whisperer

This post is by Sheree Bekker, who is originally from South Africa and now based in Australia as an international PhD scholar at the Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP), Federation University Australia. Her research centres around sports safety. Follow her on twitter @shereebekker

twitter-follow-achieverTwitter, according to Wikipedia (yes – how terribly un-scientific of me), is an online social networking and micro-blogging service that enables users to send and read “tweets”, which are text messages limited to 140 characters. Twitter is vital to the success of your PhD. Yes, you heard me read me correctly, a seemingly superficial social media site is a fundamental element that will contribute to the success of your PhD – if you embrace it!

Let me tell you my story.

I was a Masters student in South Africa, where I had completed my undergraduate studies and an Honours…

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Selective Storytelling


Here’s the 23 things blogpost I referred to in my previous post, Careful Curating. It really made me think.

Thinking about ideas

The Web 2.0 allows us to tell our stories in new ways, but it doesn’t change the principles of storytelling. Our stories still need to be interesting and relevant or our audience stops listening. The stories are still told with a purpose in mind, be it entertainment, information or challenge – or a mix. To do these things, the storyteller needs to be selective, and that is what I want to discuss in this post.

Recently I have been introduced to (see JD Lasica, 7 top tools for content curation  and Marcela De Vivo, 5 tools to curate content like a pro). This tool has been likened to a scrapbook (De Vivo) and is a way to present a story about a topic or event that presents “your overall take on the proceedings” (Lasica). For one event, then, there are many different stories that could be told…

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