2019 MICM Social Media Class

For the last six weeks, from February-April 2019, I've had the absolute privilege and pleasure to teach Social Media Management to the part-time students in the MICM (Masters in Communication Management) class. I graduated from this program myself almost two years ago, which you can read about in My MICM Masters posts. I've been teaching … Continue reading 2019 MICM Social Media Class

Welcome to the Zestee Blog

Welcome to the Zestee blog - this is a treasure trove of nearly a decade of my favourite topics, articles, resources, book reviews, summaries of events I've been to and more.  You can navigate by scrolling, or via the category and archive dropdowns in the sidebar (or below if you are on a mobile device). … Continue reading Welcome to the Zestee Blog

How can elearning enhance study success at THUAS? Executive summary

Below is the executive summary of my MICM Masters "How can elearning enhance study success at The Hague University of Applied Sciences?". Research was conducted at THUAS from January-June 2017 and you can read more about that here.  Would you like to know more?  Please contact me. Renee ------- Learning has always been about capturing … Continue reading How can elearning enhance study success at THUAS? Executive summary

My MICM Masters: Valedictorian speech

Yesterday was graduation day. : 2017 THUAS Masters Graduation Day I was awarded valedictorian for the part-time MICM class, meaning that I had the highest grade point average (GPA).  Here is my speech: https://youtu.be/qFwfMDMOr34 This is the original text I wrote, which I changed only slightly... The moment I heard I would have the opportunity … Continue reading My MICM Masters: Valedictorian speech

My MICM Masters: Graduation

On 18 August, 2017, I graduated from The Hague University of Applied Sciences with a MA (Master of Arts) after completing a two year part time programme, Master in International Communication Management.  I received a distinction, meaning that all my grades were above a 7, and was awarded valedictorian for my class, with the highest … Continue reading My MICM Masters: Graduation

My MICM Masters #10: Family, Friends and Fun

Doing a Masters is such an intense process.  Many students do this full time and totally throw themselves into their study for one year.  I'm a part time student, meaning that it is a two year journey, and alongside my studies, I am also working part time teaching in the IBMS Bachelors programme (also at … Continue reading My MICM Masters #10: Family, Friends and Fun

My MICM Masters #9: My favourite book so far: MOOCs

Completing a Masters involves a LOT of reading. From books to journal articles, many many many hours are spent pouring over materials. My favourite of everything I have read throughout my research is this book, MOOCS by Jonathan Haber, published by MIT Press and available for purchase in either ebook or print here: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/moocs The … Continue reading My MICM Masters #9: My favourite book so far: MOOCs

My MICM Masters #8: Gathering Primary Data

One of the most important steps of a Master's thesis, and any research project, is gathering primary data.  Again back to the trusty textbook Research Methods for Business Students to learn more about this. Questionnaires I was already aware of questionnaires as a main method of gathering primary data - I mean, who hasn't answered a … Continue reading My MICM Masters #8: Gathering Primary Data

My MICM Thesis #7: Central research question and sub questions

Both my Research Proposal and the thesis itself are massive documents.  So to make it easier to explain to relevant people, but also for myself, I created a "one page summary".  In print, this fits on one A4 and I've found it handy to give to colleagues or those completing my questionnaire.  Here is a … Continue reading My MICM Thesis #7: Central research question and sub questions

My MICM Thesis #6: Developing your research project MOOC (elearning in action)

Considering I am writing a thesis about elearning, it should come as no surprise that when I was getting stuck with understanding research methods, I turned to an elearning course. The online course "Developing your research project" from the University of Southampton via FutureLearn was a fantastic help.  I had actually signed up for this course … Continue reading My MICM Thesis #6: Developing your research project MOOC (elearning in action)

My MICM Thesis #5: Finalising my research proposal

Finally back with another vlog, I am now finalising my research proposal.  This is what my attic office floor looks like right now: Over on the left I have my higher education theme, in the middle The Hague University of Applied Sciences, and to the right, elearning, study success and blended learning.  That is mostly … Continue reading My MICM Thesis #5: Finalising my research proposal

My MICM Thesis #4: Literature Review

Another important step in my thesis - I've completed and submitted a literature review. Usually, you will do a research proposal first I believe, but for our module Media Relations, the final assignment was to complete a literature review.  We were given permission to deviate slightly from the media relations theme, as long as it … Continue reading My MICM Thesis #4: Literature Review

My MICM Thesis #2: Research Methods Textbook

This post is part of my own reflection on my 2 year part time Masters in International Communication Management, which I am following at The Hague University of Applied Sciences.  I'm recording my experiences and thoughts in a series of videos and written blog posts. Today, things got serious!  I finally started reading the textbook … Continue reading My MICM Thesis #2: Research Methods Textbook

My MICM Thesis #1: Getting started

Since September 2015, I've been studying part time towards my MICM - Master in International Communication Management at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post personal overview of this study: https://zestee.com/micm-master-international-communication-management/ Today, after months of thinking about it, I finally started "putting pen to paper" (and fingers to … Continue reading My MICM Thesis #1: Getting started

Citizen Journalism

As part of my MICM (Master in International Communication Management), this week my Media Relation s module is focussing on Citizen Journalism.  You can read about it in depth here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizen_journalism This is a really interesting concept in terms of how it has exploded in the last decade with the increasing availability, affordability and quality of … Continue reading Citizen Journalism

MICM : Master in International Communication Management – my personal overview

In September 2015, I began studying a part-time MICM (Master in International Communication Management) at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Update - I graduated in August 2017 - which you can read about here: MICM Graduation For the rest of my MICM Journey you can follow these posts: My MICM Journey  But now back … Continue reading MICM : Master in International Communication Management – my personal overview