[Air-L] Exercises for teaching digital ethnographic methods (remotely)

Jill Walker Rettberg Jill.Walker.Rettberg at uib.no
Tue Mar 17 00:21:57 PDT 2020

What about asking them to design an ethical research methodology for researching how people are using technology during the pandemic, or something like that? I think they're more likely to be able to focus on coursework if it's directly relevant to the worries and anxieties of their current digital life, and this might even help them feel slightly more in control of their situation. And maybe some of them will keep going and do really interesting research?

Other resources:

Deborah Lupton started a crowdsourced collection of resources for Doing Fieldwork in a Pandemic: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1clGjGABB2h2qbduTgfqribHmog9B6P0NvMgVuiHZCl8/edit?fbclid=IwAR3mwwrXMlKTMkJxjPtQaDaHJcTtLGSC49oupIChpSWI2_bnwOtCLolZ04w

The Selfie Research Network set up an online syllabus with lesson plans that would mostly work online from home. It was developed in 2014 but I think you could still use some of this.


On 17/03/2020, 00:16, "Air-L on behalf of Morris,CJ (pgr)" <air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org on behalf of C.J.Morris at lse.ac.uk> wrote:

    Hi all,
    I'm now putting together lectures on digital qualitative/ethnographic/field methods for my departments undergraduate and postgraduate students. This seems like one of the few ways they will be able to safely do some of their assignments. I'll be giving this lecture via Zoom, a digital classroom.
    The current lecture design is: Intro -> My research background (digital ethnography of WeChat/Weibo activism) -> Understanding the digital field -> Ethics -> Q&A -> Doing ethnography in... (FB, WhatsApp, Weibo, Twitter, WeChat, Douyin/TikTok, Reddit, Insta, hashtags) -> being playful in the field -> exercise -> feedback -> final Q&A.
    I'm putting together a 30 minute exercise, but i was wondering if anyone had examples of successful digital, ethno/qualitative research methods exercises they've done. Particularly those that reflect on ethics, research design and methods.
    I'm currently planning on going basic, asking them putting together the research plan of a digitally centred study. This is open to change, but if I continue with this, does anyone have any recommendations for topics that they could do the plan for? I'd rather assign topics to the groups to help focus them in the short time period we have.
    Carwyn Morris
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    Department of Geography and Environment
    London School of Economics
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