My name is Jenny McDonald and I’m an independent writer and researcher, a research associate with the Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education at the University of Auckland and director of an educational technology startup called Quantext. The views expressed on this blog are mine alone and generally relate to higher education, learning and text analytics, with the occasional footnote from Clover… My particular research interests are the applications of natural language processing (NLP), including corpus methods, to formative feedback and learning analytics but I’m broadly interested in any applications of technology to support educational goals.
I live in Blueskin Bay, just north of Dunedin on the East Coast of the South Island of NZ where I run a small lifestyle block which I share with a variety of domestic animals including a small herd of goats led by Clover. Confusingly, the photo, is of me on leave and at Bothmer Castle on the Baltic Coast. It needs to be said, that Clover was unimpressed by my absence and seeking caprine retribution, ate the house-sitter’s shirt.