Personal project management software: Asana and Wrike comparison

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Now that I am nearing the end of my coursework, I’m turning to plotting out the schedule for exams and the dissertation writing process.

I have been using two types of project management software for personal use, both with a free account, during the month of August. Below are my thoughts about each of the two platforms.



  • visual interface is clean-looking
  • ability to sync tasks and due dates with Google Calendar is spiffy
  • workspaces idea is neat – thanks, Lifehack! hmm….how might I make best use of workspaces for different areas of my life?


  • finding files in Google Drive integration is tough. My GD folder structure was collapsed, so all folders were listed. I was not able to dig into the nested sub-folders.
  • couldn’t figure out how to add a “New Section” to a project on the mobile app. While watching this video, I learned that I might be able to create a new section by including a colon after the word. Will keep this in mind to try the next time I need to do this.
  • desktop: not sure how to see subtasks. There is a small gray arrow which is tough to see as the color is so light. Would imagine this would be hard to see to folks with low-vision.
  • doesn’t seem to offer a gantt chart view. I find this helpful to see where tasks/subtasks pile up, and if I’m trying to pile too much into a week
  • not able to start the week on Monday



  • can set the calendar to start on Mondays
  • gantt chart view


  • mobile app: tough to figure out working with tasks and subtasks
  • entries didn’t save -sometimes I needed to use the enter button. Seems that the UI is consistent
  • midway through the month, I was no longer able to create subtasks with a free account

Open Research: reading notes

I recently finished reading one of the OER Hub‘s publications: the Open Research textbook.

The book is based on content and activity from a P2PU course called Open Research that ran in 2014 and 2015. It’s organized into five chapters that consist of content, a few activities to get you thinking about how to apply the concepts and ideas, and commentary. The commentary sections summarized thoughts from the course participants, and was a beautiful way to honor their voices and participation.

Below are my notes – mostly for my own reference when I embark on future open research projects of my own and hopefully with collaborators.

Open Research

  • variety of ways to define open
  • openness in many contexts
  • School of Open: P2P University offers more classes in this area
    • difference between authorship and ownership

Ethics in the open

  • overview of ethical considerations when working with (human) research participants
  • considerations for researchers not affiliated with an institution that has an IRB/ethical review board
    • apply basic principles of avoiding harm, ensuring consent is informed, and respecting privacy and people
  • develop your own moral compass: particularly crucial for researchers working in the open [education, etc] space

Open dissemination

Reflecting in the open

  • reflection is a huge part of research! can take the form of blog posts or a research journal
    • for the purpose of this book, emphasis is on the former
  • audio, text, and video reflections from researchers who blog in the open about their work
  • I have many articles saved from the researchers featured in this chapter 🙂

Final thoughts

  • #openresearch
  • join GO-GN!

OER Hub Researcher Pack: reading notes




I recently finished reading the OER Hub Researcher Pack, written by the @OER_Hub team, and wanted to capture some notes and citations for future work.



  • focus on tools that researchers can use
  • adapt tools for our needs and share them back with the community
  • love that this book can be downloaded as a zip file!


Data (quant)

  • conduct your analysis and publish your work prior to releasing data with CC license
  • data is a publication!
  • how do you plan to anonymize it? use metadata in such a way that data set is useful to others and can be built upon for additional research?

Survey questions

  • OER hub released a set of 54 core survey questions that align with 11 hypotheses of research project
  • question bank is reusable and remixable
  • follow good practices for survey and research design

Interview questions

Evaluation framework

  • serves as a means to check on project while it’s in progress and to see if it accomplished what researcher intended it to do
  • build evaluation in from the onset
  • see example from OER Hub


Further reading