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    Be fluid...

    “Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone...you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.” - Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad

My name is Korey Singleton and I am a PhD student enrolled in George Mason University's (GMU) College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). As part of the requirements for a PhD candidate, each candidate must create a portfolio reflecting their journey. As noted in the Portfolio Guidelines:

“The portfolio represents the scope and depth of a student's goals, plans, and accomplishments in coursework, independent study, research, internships, and other advanced learning activities. The portfolio thus provides both a vehicle for self-reflection and a comprehensive record of a doctoral student's experiences and ongoing progress toward his or her academic and professional goals.”

My PhD concentration is Learning Technologies Design Research (LTDR), which focuses on the in-depth study of design-based research methods that address cross disciplinary design, development, and research in such areas as innovation and creativity in the design of learning technologies, design and assessment of K-12 technology solutions and technology teacher education, technology solutions to support those with disabilities, and emerging technologies and practices. If you would like to learn more about this program, visit the CEHD website.

My work experience and doctoral research interests are based in understanding how to provide technology solutions that improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. That goal, whether in the home, in the workplace, or in the classroom, is fraught with obstacles. As such, you have to be patient, flexible, and prepared to work through very difficult challenges in order to achieve your goals. I cannot thank of an image that embodies that journey more than what you see pictured above.

Many thanks to my advisory committee: Dr. Kevin Clark (Chair), Dr. Marci Kinas-Jerome, and Dr. Anya Evmenova, for agreeing to guide me through this experience.