Phd Thesis Acknowledgments
So even if the main contribution doesn’t reach a large audience, I hope the acknowledgements in my book do. I loved all things space and dinosaur related, and had an awesome Physics teacher.
Without these people, I would not be where I am today, nor would this small advancement in Learning Analytics research. However, that same teacher told me studying Physics would most likely land me in Finance. But after completing my degree and spending years in the private sector, I wondered if I had made the right decision.
And for the one who has made the many hours spent in my office and the "den of iniquity" (New York) seem worthwhile after all, Jennifer.
Summarised in 131 pages and 18 scientific publications. While the new title does sound cool (how else can one be taken seriously when announcing world domination), the biggest result is the little book: the dissertation, in my case, on Learning Dashboards. But more than just research and writing went into this achievement.
Foremost, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my advisor Prof. D study and research, for his patience, motivation, enthusiasm, and immense knowledge. Last but not the least, I would like to thank my family: my parents Siyu Yang and Xiaolan Ding, for giving birth to me at the first place and supporting me spiritually throughout my life.
His guidance helped me in all the time of research and writing of this thesis.
I could not have imagined having a better advisor and mentor for my Ph. Besides my advisor, I would like to thank the rest of my thesis committee: Prof.
James Crenshaw, for their encouragement, insightful comments, and hard questions. Also I thank my friends in Tsinghua University: Chen Fan, Wensheng Wang, Bo Qin, Xiwei Wang, Yonggang Zhao, Hua Chen, Junlin Li, and Rui Zhou. Chen Fan for enlightening me the first glance of research.
And in 2013 she supported me again in my biggest career change, when I gave up a well-paid, secure job to become a student once again.But while I hope the pages reach the intended audience (the Learning Analytics community), I wonder if anyone beyond that will read it. A lot of people, friends, family, and colleagues, were part of the process.Pulling and pushing me along the path that led me here.But she always had my back, endured the after-work rants, and supported me in every way possible. Hazel joined us (in the womb) at the start of the Ph D. My parents, Marinette and Guy: they have always been there for me, supported me, and believed in me (and also provided me with all the nerdy hardware a kid needs to keep his technology interest going).And my grandparents, Meke, Vake, Peter Wieke, and Bobonne.If it wasn’t for Bert, I would have never even considered a Ph D.But it was his better half, Katrien, who got me in the room with Erik. She stepped in just as I was close to jumping ship.So I could be ignorant and assume you’ll download and read the book ;) But I’ll just leave you with the first few pages, the important ones about.. While I had a passion for programming, the lack of creativity that comes with a software engineering job (beyond the code) was killing me.Moving to Nottingham to pursue a career in games did not improve the situation either: a developer just develops, it seems.They each helped make my time in the Ph D program more fun and interesting.Finally, I thank my parents for instilling in me confidence and a drive for pursuing my Ph D.