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Scholars Introduction - Katy Jordan

Hello all! I’m a PhD student in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, UK. My research interests broadly fall within Technology-Enhanced Learning and Digital Scholarship. Before I started my PhD I worked as a Research Assistant and Learning Technologist on a range of projects in Higher Education, notably including the Semantic Web for Education, and data visualisation.

I have been working on social network analysis of academic online social networks in my PhD, and plan to focus upon academics’ ego-networks and their interpretations of the role they play in relation to developing an identity as an academic. Alongside this I have also developed a research agenda based on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) – I am an avid MOOC student and this emerged from blogging about my experiences at http://moocmoocher.wordpress.com .

I’m always keen to try out new tools and ideas and apply them to my own interests and find it hard to resist dabbling in mini-projects. I’m really excited about being part of the HASTAC scholars program and  I look forward to sharing posts about my work and finding out more about the wonderfully diverse community here!

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Just a quick note to add that I'll be at the Association of Internet Researchers conference next week - so if any fellow HASTAC Scholars are going too, please do say hello :-)

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Just a quick note to add that I'll be at the Association of Internet Researchers conference next week - so if any fellow HASTAC Scholars are going too, please do say hello :-)

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Katy, I love your blog name! Your research interests sound really great for HASTAC, have you thought about presenting at the HASTAC 2015 conference? It may be far for you but it's wonderful to get to meet with all the HASTAC people offline. 

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Thanks Lisa! I'm a big fan of David Bowie and I think I had been listening to 'The Jean Genie' when I was trying to come up with a name - hence, The MOOC Moocher (and it also had the added benefit of reflecting that they are free, too).

Would love to go to the conference - it would be brilliant to meet everyone - but alas after going to Korea for IR15, my budget for this year won't stretch to a transatlantic trip. Hopefully next year though :-)

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