Adapting ethnographic action
research to study responses to
educational technologies
Florence Dujardin
(Sheffield Hallam U...
Overview
• Online learning context
• Initial research design
• Adapting a methodology from Development
studies
Online MA programme in
Professional Communication
A digital immigrant?
(Prensky 2001)
Or... a potential digital
resident?
(White & LeCornu 2011)
Second-order digital divide
Initial research design
Action research
Reading
Social bookmarking
Reflection
Collective blogging
Feedback
Screencasting
M...
Weakness
Context of culture
Context of
situation
Practice /
Media
Higher
Education
Tutor-
reader
student-
writer
home
comm...
Key features of EAR
Social mapping
Socio-cultural
animation
Communicative
ecology
Context of culture
• Local practices situated in
the wider context of culture
• ‘entanglements’ of social
practice and technology
• Does new ...
Conclusion
• A productive and flexible methodology for
researching educational technology issues
• Well adapted to look at...
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Adapting ethnographic action research to research online learning

  1. 1. Adapting ethnographic action research to study responses to educational technologies Florence Dujardin (Sheffield Hallam University) LCSS 2013 PhD conference – April 2013
  2. 2. Overview • Online learning context • Initial research design • Adapting a methodology from Development studies
  3. 3. Online MA programme in Professional Communication
  4. 4. A digital immigrant? (Prensky 2001) Or... a potential digital resident? (White & LeCornu 2011) Second-order digital divide
  5. 5. Initial research design Action research Reading Social bookmarking Reflection Collective blogging Feedback Screencasting Multiple case studies
  6. 6. Weakness Context of culture Context of situation Practice / Media Higher Education Tutor- reader student- writer home community/ies work Adapted from Lillis (2001)
  7. 7. Key features of EAR Social mapping Socio-cultural animation Communicative ecology Context of culture
  8. 8. • Local practices situated in the wider context of culture • ‘entanglements’ of social practice and technology • Does new media challenge anything? Why borrow EAR? Original design • Focus on local practices / media • Technologically deterministic? • Difficult to discuss the context of culture • Emancipatory intention hidden Ethnographic action research
  9. 9. Conclusion • A productive and flexible methodology for researching educational technology issues • Well adapted to look at technology use in context, including in entirely online context • Potential for connections with wider issues (second-order digital divide, pedagogy, and ICT use in HE)

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