[Air-L] Online Research Methods - short course (Canberra, 11-15 Jan 2010)
robert.ackland at anu.edu.au
Sun Nov 15 20:21:49 PST 2009
I am teaching a 5-day intensive course on online research methods.
The course is scheduled to run 11-15 January 2010 in Canberra at the
Australian National University, and will be held as part of the
Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Inc. (ACSPRI)
Summer Program. The course draws from the ANU's masters
specialisation on the Social Science of the Internet, which was set up
Here is the outline for the short course:
The World Wide Web is only around 20 years old, but it has transformed
the way we work, collaborate, engage in commerce, participate in the
political process and interact socially. This course will provide
students with thorough training in online research methods for social
science Internet research. While "obtrusive" social research methods
(e.g. online surveys and focus groups) will be covered, there is
greater emphasis on unobstrusive research methods, e.g. quantitative
analysis of Internet trace data from websites, blogsites and social
networking sites such as Facebook.
The course has a mixture of lectures and practical sessions. By
taking this course, students will acquire important skills necessary
for conducting empirical social science Internet research both in
academic and industry settings. Students will learn:
• What online research methods are best suited for researching various
economic, political and social phenomena on the Internet, and how do
these differ from methods traditionally used by social scientists?
• What are the available tools and data for online research?
• How to collect and analyse data from the Internet?
• How to design and implement a research project that uses online
• What are the ethical implications of the various online research
For more information on the course and booking, see:
Dr Robert Ackland
Fellow and Masters Coordinator, Australian Demographic and Social
Research Institute, The Australian National University
e-mail: robert.ackland at anu.edu.au
ph./fax: +61 2 6125 0312/+61 2 6125 2992
Information about the Master of Social Research
(Social Science of the Internet specialisation):
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