Reflecting Allowed

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A Small Victory for Autoethnography in MOOCs

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I had a small victory the other day. Good news in the midst of a difficult time in my personal life.

I received official acceptance of my first Collaborative Autoethnography article (co-authored of course, “collaborative”) on MOOCs in a journal.

No, it wasn’t a #rhizo14 CAE article and that stings because… For many reasons. But it was a CAE about cMOOCs (we talk about multiple MOOCs, and rhizo14 is among them, my narrative in it) for a special issue of Educational Media International on the learner experience in MOOCs,  coming out soon (it’s closed access but I’ll figure out which version can be shared openly and link it when it is out).
I say it is a victory because our previous #rhizo14 thing was accepted at #et4online but that’s a conference and it was about the untext not the actual CAE. We are rhizome(s) and still persisting.

Also a victory that there is another CAE or similar type of research in the same special issue. So we’re not like the weirdos in the special issue who did participatory research 🙂 tho that would have been OK with me.

It gives me hope for rhizo14 that we will get there. I still don’t know really how i keep writing methodology sections on autoethnography for different papers and some get better reception from reviewers than others. I am the same person doing similar research, writing similar methodology sections and roughly taking on leader roles at diff times and yet somehow, something makes rhizo14 less appealing to Reviewers. Or something. But that’s the point: trying to explain what rhizo14 was like, that’s what the CAE is trying to do and it seems we haven’t gotten thru yet. It’s sooo hard in 6,000 words. Maybe needs a change in direction. I think we’re getting there with some of our newest projects. We’ll see

Final note: thanks to Jeffrey Keefer whose feedback on a rhizo14 thing helped me revise this other paper I co-authored with the wonderful Rhonda Jessen, Maureen Crawford, Mia Zamora, and Paul Signorelli. Looking forward to sharing here when it is out inshallah!

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