Back to research – data collection phase

Today I have published a questionnaire to researchers on the BA Learning Technology Research course to capture their experience of patchwork media, this is to inform some ongoing research that I am undertaking in this area. I always find it useful as a researcher, to fill in questionnaires or participate in other people’s research for several reasons. Firstly, it allows me to sit on the other side of the fence and in my own mind to explore the design of the research instrument (was that the best way to ask? would a different form of question have been useful here or there?). Second, with the use of technology in data collection it is  also a good window on the tools of data collection. Third, in answering the questions of others I am able to recall areas of my practice and learning, that perhaps otherwise, may lay forgotten, it is useful to bring to mind ideas which others value for it helps us to realize the value of our experience. Also, the inputs made to other people’s research can trigger moments of realisation about areas which I may further develop or research. With all the science and craftmanship of data collection, there is a huge reliance upon the will of other to involve. So I am crossing my fingers and hoping for the best now. 

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