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Describe your learning history

This is a cumulative description of all the works (formal and informal) you have completed to be considered toward your candidacy for an ONPhD

More than just a curriculum vitae (CV) in the traditional sense, it is everything formal and non-formal that you consider applicable to becoming an Open and Networked PhD (ONPhD) candidate. This "academic" history should describe both the formal and informal learning that applies to the subject domain of your advanced studies. Identifying and listing past research projects and publications - or equivalent should also be included here.

This cumulative description can be published anywhere that is available to the open web. A blog post (or collection of blog posts), a wikiversity profile page, a personal website, the choice is yours. This open and online location (or locations) for publishing your works will be known as your ONPhD portfolio. Choose an online place (or places) that you feel comfortable and productive. If your description covers multiple posts and multiple publishing locations a single page or post should be created to bring all these sources together.

Once you have created your ONPhD portfolio and completed this cumulative description, post a link to it in this tasks discussion thread.

Task Discussion

  • Yves Simon said:

    Here is the realization of the tasks of the Open PhD challenge in my learning contract::

    Realization of the tasks of the Open PhD challenge

    on July 16, 2013, 1:04 a.m.

    Leigh Blackall said:

    Awsome effort Yves. That there gives me (and others) much more insight to where you've been abs where you hope to go. You included a section with links to your various web pages. This was particularly helpful for getting to know you. I would've liked to get to know your work more also. I'm suggesting that where you mention participation in MOOCs and other things, you link toa blog post summarising your participation.  Likewise, links to photos and specific pages on the open educating site you're developing (or the notes for developing such a space).

    It's all there, but if you could include links, that would top it off nicely. 

    Great to see your progress. 

    on July 16, 2013, 5:06 a.m. in reply to Yves Simon

    Yves Simon said:

    Thanks Leigh for your encouraging and helpful remarks. I will add more links in the OnPhD page. You are invited to read the entire learning contract and tell me what you think.

    on July 17, 2013, 12:48 a.m. in reply to Leigh Blackall

    Peter Rawsthorne said:


    Great description toward your realization of the tasks within the OnPhD Candidacy Challenge! Great to have another putting in the effort to complete this challenge. It can be a lot of work. Possibly more than a traditional PhD. 

    I get a sense we are kindred spirits. I particularly appretiate your view into self-determined learning and how it takes considerable time and effort and is difficult to integrate all this work into a life well lived.

    I agree with Leigh on providing more links to your works within completion of all the tasks. Also I believe it would be good to link out to courses, OER or programs you intend on utilize in completing your OnPhD. I'm a very strong believer in the network effect of embedding these links into your work, it also provides another set of references for me to follow, as it seems we are on similar learning trajectories when it comes to edtech and heutagogy...

    I treated each task seperately and completed works and dedicated blog posts to each task. here is my blog post and related education history. It is this I consider evidence of completing the task;

    As the first candidates through this challenge I believe it important that we complete each task as exemplary. I know the challenges will come from traditional academe to what we are doing, and I want us all to have exemplary completions to each task. I am not saying that your work isn't significant and worthy of completion toward the tasks of the OnPhD Candidacy challenge, Though I do see them including links out to all your work. I hope you are ok with this request.

    Once you include links into your learning history I'd like to issue you the related badge;

    Thanks again for all your efforts Yves... so great to have you here... I hope you find my words encouraging. Please let me know how I can offer greater assistance.


    on July 19, 2013, 10:27 a.m. in reply to Yves Simon

    Yves Simon said:

    Thanks Peter for your comments. Initially I intended to add links in my learning contract at Wikiversity but I couldn't do it since I have dedicated a lot of time to revamp the Wikiversity plan.. I've just put a lot of links there. I can certainly dedicate a blog post to each task. but there is a lot todo beyond the Open PhD candidacy. I think our work can be easier if we can exchange ideas more often. 

    on July 27, 2013, 10:57 p.m. in reply to Peter Rawsthorne
  • Jason Derr said:

    Here is my education CV for the OpenPHD. The blog as a whole began in an earlier attempt at this project and needs a revamp

    on Jan. 24, 2013, 1:21 p.m.

    Peter Rawsthorne said:


    Great to have you here! Welcome! Took a look at your links and would like to request a couple of things. And my rationale behind this request is quality and completeness. I believe we need to set a very high bar for quality and completeness with the OnPhD, as this will have a positive impact on how the OnPhD is perceived.

    I know it is a simple thing, but could you please edit your posts so the links work?

    I also like your educational background. And i like that you have spent time studying in the theological / spiritual realm. The world can always do with much more of that!

    This first task also requests some insight into your informal learning. I listed some of what I thought was my informal learning on my wikiversity page; I believe this also honours the informal. Important in my opinion. I believe we need to think different about learning and how it is best achieved, and get better at recognizing the informal. An example of the importance toward the informal would be my recent musings about emersive learning; and

    Jason, thanks again for taking the time to contribute. I look forward to getting to know you further. Be Well...

    on Jan. 25, 2013, 8:09 a.m. in reply to Jason Derr
  • Peter Rawsthorne said:

    Please consider this blog post as the summary and redirect of my learning history;

    on Jan. 15, 2013, 2:26 a.m.

    Leigh Blackall said:

    I've followed your lead in Credly, and issued you the first badge in the ONPhD Candidacy series. Once you accept the badge, it will appear in your Credly profile. Good work Peter, progressing well.

    on April 23, 2013, 5:52 p.m. in reply to Peter Rawsthorne
  • Leigh Blackall said:

    on Jan. 11, 2013, 4:15 p.m.

    Peter Rawsthorne said:

    When do we consider a task within the OnPhD Candidacy challenge finished? I would agree your contribution to this task needs more. I have dedicated a section in my Wikiversity page to this task and I wrapped a blog post around it all...

    What are your thoughts around peer asessing a persons completion of a task within this challenge?

    Be Well...

    on Jan. 15, 2013, 1:30 p.m. in reply to Leigh Blackall

    Leigh Blackall said:

    I think we can consider a task finished, through the exacting words of the task's instructions, and ultimately through our reviewing each other. It is important to the collective integrity of the ONPhD (and therefore each of our individual integrity) that the review be active. Your simple comment, agreeing that my effort in the task needs more, spurs me on. I compared with yours, and saw that yours does indeed read more like a CV, where as mine is more like a story  however brief. I think all I might need to do is add a CV type list under my story, that points to items that support my story with evidence. Let me try that, and then we can compare again.

    on Jan. 15, 2013, 5:46 p.m. in reply to Peter Rawsthorne