Sunday, April 8, 2007

research groups

As discussed in class last Wednesday, here are the details for your blog assignment due before class on Monday:

a) Try to establish a group of 2 or 3 researchers.

b) In a paragraph, describe the general research idea and a couple of broad questions.

c) Additionally, state your research goals by referencing one of categories from the chart we reviewed on Wednesday; int’l engagement, pilot study, or academic research.

d) Identify any challenges you anticipate in achieving achieving your stated goal

If you are able to establish a group but not a topic, do the above and state where you are in the process.

If you are not ready to commit to a group or an idea, restate your research idea post, reflecting on your current thinking by answering a, b, c, and d above.

Looking ahead to next week’s agenda:

Monday – guest speaker Kirsten Foot: affordances/limitations of virtual methods. I've added one of Kirsten's articles to your syllabus an optional reading for Monday, Websphere Analysis and Cyberculture Studies

Wednesday – guest speaker Dennis Ryan: affordances/limitations of qualitative urban methods

Issue Crawler: Email me if you'd like to participate in an Issue Crawler workshop. I'll set up a time and place to demo the application. Would take about an hour, after which you'd be ready to launch some crawls. In the mean time, you can check out some of Richard Rogers' work on issue crawler: 1) chapt 1 of his book, Information Politics on the Web, and an article on using Issue Crawler as a research method.

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