In 2004 I applied to do a PhD at The Open University. My application brought together my experience with education and computers:
My hypothesis is that creating and maintaining virtual international communities requires the involvement of the whole-school community: pupils, teachers, school leaders, governors and parents. I plan to assess virtual international communities as created by primary schools and create a model of best practice. This model will be informed by recent theory concerning the development of networks of trust, and will be based on analysis of virtual international communities which link the UK and New Zealand. At primary level, the most successful relationships are likely to be those between English-speaking schools. There are already British Council structures in place for linking schools in the two countries, supported by Montage New Zealand
I was accepted by the university, but had to begin by studying for an MSc in Research Methods in Educational Technology, which involved a year studying discourse analysis, ethnography, basic skills and survey methods. In addition, I completed a dissertation, and was awarded the MSc (RMET) in 2005.