Posts Tagged ‘research’

Article summary: George Lorenzo, Diana Oblinger, and Charles Dziuban

In Honours blog on August 7, 2009 at 6:45 am

By George Lorenzo, Diana Oblinger, and Charles Dziuban. How Choice, Co-Creation, and Culture Are Changing What It Means to Be Net Savvy” published on the Web in October 2006 as a white paper by the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI).

“The nature of information itself has changed. In text and other formats, information is not just created by experts—it is created and co-created by amateurs. We can select what information to receive (via RSS, for example), and it comes to us—we don’t have to seek it out. More than ever before, we can choose what, when, and where to use information. With all these choices, do we really know what we are doing, whether the information is valid, or how best to use it?” (pg. 1)
How young people use the internet:
“Among student respondents:

  • 72 percent of college students ranked search engines as their first choice for finding information;
  • 2 percent use library Web sites as the starting point for an information search;
  • 67 percent learn about electronic information resources from friends (when excluding search engines);
  • 53 percent believe information from search engines is as trustworthy as library information;
  • 36 percent use librarians to cross-reference information for validation; and
  • 80 percent use other Web sites with similar information as a validation tool, slightly more than those who use instructors for validation (78 percent).2

Respondents 14 to 17 years old revealed that

  • they use friends, relatives, library materials, and librarians to cross-reference information for validation more so than today’s college students do;
  • 34 percent visit their public library at least monthly; and
  • while they use electronic resources more readily than older respondents, only 20 percent who have used a library Web site completely agree that it provides worthwhile information; this compares with 45 percent of college students who completely agree.3″ (pg. 1-2)
“Using RSS technology allows users to obtain information—tailored to their preferences—through Web browsers. Many blogs and other content providers display a small RSS icon that alerts users that a feed is available. When a visitor signs up for a feed and installs an RSS reader on his or her computer, the reader will receive regular updates from the original content source. RSS influences how people find information. Should an understanding of RSS be part of becoming information literate?” (pg. 3) It think so.


Three almost done

In Honours blog on August 5, 2009 at 9:05 am

So I’ve recorded the content and done most of the editing for three episodes. Now I just have to get them onto iTunes. The iTunes page has about a 10 page document explaining what you have to do. It was some good bedtime reading. Nothing like a reading to make me feel asleep.

WordPress should be able to host the podcast so once I get some feedback from Nasya I can begin!
Re-evaluating what to put in the rest of my episodes now I’m not going to do all twelve. I think basing the podcast around an interview really works. It gives it a bit more authority and structure.
I’m going to put a few more readings on here over the next few days and update my annotated bibliography. Joy!

Good ol’ fashioned books, yee har

In Honours blog on March 31, 2009 at 9:50 pm

I went to the library yesterday and the ease of searching and finding something that was incredible pertinent to my research was amazing! Now I used to be a regular library user, but that was before I came to university and discovered online journals. But to be honest,  I had more “hits” in the library after 20 minutes than I did after an hour of internet searches.

Let me share with you 🙂

Mann, Chris and Stewart, Fiona, “Internet Communication and Qualitative Research”

Iorio, S.H., “Qualitative Research in Journalism”

Merrigan, Gerianne and Huston, Carole, “Communication Research Methods”

And this was just scratching the surface! I could have gotten twenty books!

So hopefully The Library will forgive me for my earlier coolness and embrace me with open arms now I have rediscovered all she can offer. Thanks Library. Seeya real soon.

Project Outline:

In Honours blog on March 31, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Create a 12 episode serial of five-ten minute podcasts about life in Melbourne for students.

They will be:

  • A series, but able to be listened to independently of one another
  • Have a clear theme for each episode
  • Be based around Melbourne
  • A resource as well as entertaining
  • Be in the first person
  • Akin to a feature article in terms of descriptive information, capturing the atmosphere of the city
  • Supported by a blog with video, sound, images and links

In my research I will explore:

  • Niche online media
  • Podcasting
  • Blogging
  • Online journalism
  • Traditional vs new media

My exegesis will be discussing some of the following:

  • The role of traditional journalism in the climate of web 2.0.
  • How can traditional journalism be adapted to make the most of the changing online culture of niche media, and social networks?
  • The relationship between hard news reporting, feature writing and emerging online journalism like podcasts and blogs.
  • Immersive journalism.
  • Explore case studies of successful online media websites, eg. Crikey.com.
  • The transition from people migrating from getting their news from mass media to private sources. Content vs reputation.
  • How to translate literary/immersion/feature journalism into web
    2 audio podcasting. Changing the medium but keeping the feel of the aforementioned journalism writing styles.

Searching research

In Honours blog on March 25, 2009 at 11:26 am

A good resource ARROW Discovery Service. A place to search Australian Unis, and researchers generally.

Good research methodologies resource

In Honours blog on March 15, 2009 at 11:36 pm

I have found a great site for summaries on research methods. It’s on the Society and Culture Association website.

Presents them in a nice simple format.

Action Research

In Honours blog on March 15, 2009 at 11:03 pm

Our group received the reading on Action Research. This is a comprehensive research method.

If our group was carrying out action research on the Labsome Honours program we would work together as a group to find a problem in the program. Once we had found a problem, (this is very PBL) we would comprehensively explore the Labsome program and the specific problem.

Through our research here we would design a plan. Implement it, reflect on the success and then make the necessary changes to the plan.

This is a very hands on, action research method.

 Also from the Personal Best program I did at school it is very similar to the Plan, Do, Study, Act model. Quality in Schools is the program we had that keeps reminding me of the PBL reading, and action research.

This research method seems like it would be a good methodology for most Honours projects. You really get involved with the problem/question you’re trying to solve/answer. And there is reflection, and alteration built in which is essential to developing any idea.

Research methods

In Honours blog on March 12, 2009 at 3:42 am

Today’s class raised a few more questions about the way we will go about this year. Like most people I think I jumped the gun a little bit.

During the brainstorming I was thinking up all the things I needed to go look up and research. Instead I should be thinking about what method will I use to discover what I need to be researching.

While hard to restrain myself this does make a lot of sense, so there is less time wasted and my time will be used effectively.

We also draw what Honours looked like to us. Mine was going in all sort of directions, but the biggest element was a clock. Time is an issue, it’s a restraint on the size of the project. But if I can plan well with my methods then I’ll eventually have more time to develop the project.

So off to think about methods…