Sheila B Robinson

Reflections of an everyday educator/program evaluator/professional developer…LEARNER


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1st Blogoversary!

birthday cupcake by ginnerobot via flickr

Image credit: ginnerobot via Flickr

It’s November 4, the first blogoversary for Evaluspheric Perceptions! I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation for everyone who has visited, subscribed, liked, and commented on posts on this site. You have encouraged me to do exactly what I proposed to do one year ago today – that is, to explore the beauty and complexity of the “evalusphere” and continue learning, evaluating, and educating. It’s one of my most exciting, challenging, and rewarding journeys, and I love writing about it.  Continue reading

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#Eval13: #omgmqp, ESM, DataViz, Program Design, Blogging, and the Great Big Nerd Project

Here it is, less than a week after returning home from Evaluation 2013, and I’ve already used what I’ve learned in all three workplace settings. I’ve also enjoyed reading other bloggers’ conference highlights (see below for links) as they in a sense, let me peer vicariously into sessions I didn’t attend, or they enhance my own experience by offering a different perspective on sessions I did attend.

Here’s a recap (in a “longform” post, which, I’m told, is an effective blogging strategy) of what resonated most with me: Continue reading


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Why blog?

As I thought about why I started this blog (and had trouble gathering my thoughts on the topic), I decided to learn a little about why other evaluators blog. So what did I do? I did what I love best – collected data and did a little analysis! I went to my favorite evaluation blog AEA365, and searched the phrase “why I blog.” Here’s my data:

  • 25 bloggers / 25 posts
  • posts dated from December 2011 – April 2012
  • 1800+ words

I did some qualitative coding and created categories. My findings? Those who blog do so primarily to share information and ideas with others, to connect, network and build relationships, and to learn. Other themes include expressing their identities and blogging so that others get to know them, for reflection on learning, to contribute to the field and finally, (most surprising to me!), to help them organize and archive their work!

Just for fun, I fed the data into Tagxedo and voila:

So…I think I will blog for many of the same reasons! Were you surprised by any of these categories?