Bit of a blurry concept
• Digital tools for helping with data collection,
analysis, and presentation (e.g.,
surveymonkey, AtlasTI, infographics)
• Research conducted entirely online
• Research partially conducted online
• Research focusing on mobile
communications and network access etc.
• Research that is “technology” driven (e.g.,
tablet use, Smartboard use)
• Old research in digital disguise (especially in
“Hit & Run” research
Learning assumed to occur simply because
digital tech is present
• Problem of needing-to-research-something
• Problem of convenience driving the study
Everything has meaning
Segment D (from Tanaka Nanako’s author notes)
Thank you all who reviewed this story,
and this chapter is dedicated to Sakura Blossomz01, wild-gurl,
Sweet^-^Rose, DZ pals, Fire Light and Lily-Chan.
Thank you for adding me to your favorite author list! ^//.//^
THANKS FOR THE GREAT SUPPORT YOU ARE GIVING ME!
*Hugs her reviewers*
By the way, please pay close attentions to the e-mails in this
because they are some really important clues.
Source: Black (2008). Adolescents and Online Fiction. New York: Peter Lang.
Digital Research &
• Established research designs and
approaches don’t necessarily transfer well
• Drawing boundaries around cases can be
• New social practices that haven’t been
studied before (e.g., “friending,”
• Multiple terms for fairly similar things but
still tricky to talk across fields
I’m an average student,
Cs, Bs and a couple of
Ds in Statistics and
Economics (tricky stuff
More things to consider
• Anonymity and traceability (and the desire
• Privacy issues
• Timing of data collection
• How to present multimedia and hyperlinked
practices in the flat plane of academic writing
• What your study contributes (to); i.e., larger
Let’s take a look….
What’s going on here if we’re interested
in exploring claims about participation,
collaboration and affinities/passions?
• Hahn (2008). Doing qualitative research
using your computer: A pratical guide.
• Boellstorf et al. (2012). Ethnography and
virtual worlds: A handbook of method.
Princeton Uni. Press.
• Markham & Baym (2008). Internet inquiry:
Conversations about method. Sage.