#Dispatches: So… I’m a Student Again

After what feels like a thousand year hiatus, I’m finally back in the classroom. Today was my first lecture as a PhD student. It felt strange being at a desk listening, and not stood at the front speaking, but it was a refreshing change nonetheless. Absorbing to a two-hour lecture whilst frantically writing notes is a nerve-wracking experience. As a Multimedia Design graduate from the early 2000s, I’m more akin to seminars and workshops, so this is going to take a little getting used to! Even though I’ve sat through countless lectures and workshops in my day job, it still feels alien being a student again.

Today’s lecture was an introduction into qualitative research, soon to be followed up by a deep dive into observation skills. In the meantime, it’s off to YouTube for me; I’ve got some note-taking skills to acquire! 🤓

I’m also getting stuck in pretty quick as myself and the awesome Sam Clarke are collaborating on a paper for this year’s European Conference on Game-Based Learning. We’ll be exploring the use of frugal education practices in a recent project at Coventry University to support student orientation through role playing games. It’s a pleasure working with Sam so I’m looking forward to it!

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