It has taken me quite some time to figure out the best way for me to reflect on my research. I had originally planned to create a private research journal, but I find that I am not successful at actually writing in such a journal. I have never been good at personal journals – however, I have lots of experience with blogging.

I have initiated this website as a way to capture the artifacts associate with my research. It is also a tool of dissemination. It will contain all the different parts of the program that I’m creating, but also will contain this blog. This blog is a journal of my design decisions. It is intended to capture my thought about the research process, but also about the design of a sustainable and effective iPad professional development program.

With any luck there will be a lot of reflections in the next few weeks, as the first workshop will be delivered at the Department of Family Medicine (DFM) community retreat on March 22, 2014.

I apologize if today there are a lot of entries, or if this journal is long. It has taken me so long to figure out how to journal in a way that works for me that I  have many things to write down – many ideas and many reflections that have lived in my head need to be put on paper. I should also say that this journal will be messy. Although everything I write has been thoughtfully considered for the public forum, it is also still a stream of consciousness, and a collection of thoughts. It is an attempt to capture various ideas as they occur, rather than an attempt to write nicely polished blog posts. If you want to read my more polished posts, check out For this blog, I am giving myself permission to, as Stephen King said in his book about writing, “write a crappy first draft” … You have been warned. Only read this if you want to hear my crappy first draft comments, or to have some insight into how an educational design research project unfolds within my context.