Posts made by Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers

 
Dear Bronwyn and others,

I resonated with your comments. I did not have Elluminate or ways of saving and converting auditory interviews to text so easily in my phenomenological studies. Initially I used what was available -- but it was very expensive and very time consuming to get translations to text. I see technology adding so many advantages with clearer video's and voice, distant group or one on one interviews and it is very exciting.

I love the idea of having Janet's book to help guide me and other students that I might advise in the future. I will add Janet's book reference in terms of the ethical issues. I'm particulary struck by the idea that committee members at this point need rigorous details of how data is going to be managed by the student and how the ethical aspects of usage of the material will be followed.

Although I am not doing research on Second Life, I read in Janet's book how the complexity of honoring the avatars (even the fixtures can be avatars) -- and the necessity to go to a far off area and put up privacy. It is all quite new to our research virtual sensibilities.

Jo Ann

 
Hi Jeffrey,
I think if I had had the technology at the level I have today -- when I was younger -- I would have accomplished more "scope" of the land and multi-tasked more.

I think instead of chugging along -- I would have discovered the art of "chunking" as you mention that you work in chunks. I'm tending to get more done, but it is the focus on the collaborative efforts that is helping.

Hope to meet you again on the synchronous today. Jo Ann

 
Dear Ahmad,
It is good to have you on SCoPE and in this seminar. Your information mentions Kuwait and also Walden University -- that I imagine you are doing online. I tood the Graduate Diploma in Distance Education and Technology with Athabasca University and I am full time in private practice as a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist. I have been seeing a growth in online interests, but still there are many professionals in my area that think they are too busy to get very involved in blogs, e-research, online interviews. I think it is such an opportunity for growth and professional expansion through not only the available technology, but in connections to people and information while being very busy at the same time. Cheers, Jo Ann

 
Dear Ahmad,

After doing a lot of research work through the last 25 years, reading and doing enriching phenomenological research, I now wonder how readily accepted it is by my colleagues. I have found it to be methodologically reliable, valid, and somewhat accepted in certain circles of psychology, which is my field of study.

For the past 5 years, I'm slowly learning of practical technology for research and more pedagogical and other perspectives (e.g. Connectivism course).

Now I have a wider span of technology tools, education resources (open source), my Athabasca University Elgg to check into, and interdisciplinary professional interests. Still, as a person in private practice. I want to address applied research more effectively and efficiently.

I want to use technology to the best advantages. I see a practice vantage point for international, national and local data collection. I think that collecting interviews by Skype or other forms of online auditory and/or visual data as well as recording through Eluminate text and mp3 (or mp4), and using other forms of internet advantages (speed of e-mail), the research rapport can be established. It does take time and planning --prepare extensively and go with the best flow possible) I think I will find some ideas in Janet's book. I'm still waiting its arrival by post).

Jo Ann

 
Hi Jeffrey,
I read you many energizing posts over the past 2 days. I am interested in reading about your development and your focuses of interest over time, as well as Janet's and others. Thanks for sharing you blog site and twitter.

You mention "what's in it for me" as an important part of motivation. I think this is a short reward and a long career reward point, especially in business and research efforts. Researchers need something to keep engaged too.

If I've only got so many questions to research in my life, what are the most important ones that I can tackle and how? What makes it worth my time beyond a dissertation or master's thesis work?

Technology will likely facilitate some areas of research that were not that available before. I hope Janet's book will save me time and mistakes (although they are always ways to learn). Will the new technological advantages help some kinds of interviews, but not others? I need some practical focus.

Jo Ann