What I’m reading

Putting together a MOOC/ethnography ‘if I only had the time’ reading wishlist

Clarà, M., & Barberà, E. (2013). Learning online: massive open online courses (MOOCs), connectivism, and cultural psychology. Distance Education, 34(1), 129–136. http://ift.tt/2l300lA
Fielding, N. G., Lee, R. M., & Blank, G. (2016). The SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods. SAGE.
Hine, C. (2000). Virtual ethnography. London: SAGE.
Hine, C. (2015). Ethnography for the Internet : embedded, embodied and everyday. London ; New York: Bloomsbury Academic.
Hjorth, L., Horst, H., Galloway, A., & Bell, G. (2016). The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography. Florence: Taylor and Francis. Retrieved from http://ift.tt/2lEkmir
Knox, J. (2016). What’s the Matter with MOOCs? Socio-material Methodologies for Educational Research. In H. Snee, C. Hine, Y. Morey, S. Roberts, & H. Watson (Eds.), Digital Methods for Social Science (pp. 175–189). Palgrave Macmillan UK. http://ift.tt/2l2X3RH
Loizzo, J., & Ertmer, P. A. (2016). MOOCocracy: the learning culture of massive open online courses. Educational Technology Research and Development, 64(6), 1013–1032. http://ift.tt/2lEcY6C
Saadatdoost, R., Sim, A. T. H., Jafarkarimi, H., & Hee, J. M. (2016). Understanding the Setting of a MOOC: A Journey into Coursera. International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education (IJICTE), 12(1), 77–98. http://ift.tt/2l3blCd
Wasson, C. (2013). ‘It was like a little community’: An ethnographic study of online learning and its implications for MOOCs. Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference Proceedings, 2013(1), 186–199. http://ift.tt/2lEfv0z
Webster, J. P., & Silva, S. M. da. (2013). Doing educational ethnography in an online world: methodological challenges, choices and innovations. Ethnography and Education, 8(2), 123–130. http://ift.tt/2l3dKMV


February 12, 2017 at 09:08AM
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Having spent a loooooong time choosing, I eventually decided upon this edX MOOC:

Best title ever?

As I wrote up on the Digital Hub, I picked it mainly for its name. I thought it was either biased or ironic (since looking at the course content, thought, it is neither, which is interesting). The topic is fascinating too, and while I know a little about media ethics I know zilch about investigative journalism.

I was also trying to pick a MOOC that would work well with the ethnographic project. My main priority (after the name, clearly) was to find a MOOC that would allow me to explore how significant the immediate context is to the development of community and discussion.

The next task was to decide about whether to come clean about the ethnography, and I felt as though I at least had to ask permission. I didn’t want to put it onto the forum, because I’d rather be a passive observer, so I found the email address of the course leader and contacted her directly. I said I’d anonymise everything, release no personal details, photos, anything that might identify a course participant, and said I’d be willing to consider complying with anything else she wanted. I haven’t heard back yet, but if she says ‘no’ then I will of course find something else…


UPDATE (12.2.17): course leader said yes! She’s just checking with Columbia’s Centre for Teaching and Learning but thinks it should be fine. Woo! 🙂