BCM240: Developing the Research Project

'Athens No 11' from Flickr/skohlmann, CC-BY-SA

‘Athens No 11’ from Flickr/skohlmann, CC-BY-SA

I’m aware some students still feel lost in the final assessment task. That’s okay, there is plenty of time and part of the whole point of the project is for you to show that you’re finding your own way. If you get to things a little later than you might hope, so be it – just make sure you include it in the reflection!

Below I’ve broken down the four aspects to the task with some pointers and suggestions on each. This week, you should really start to think about how you’re going to present the project – on what digital platform will you create your storytelling project?

For those who do feel like they haven’t yet begun, here are a couple of possible jump-off points:

  • you could start with some research you’ve come across this session, whether you agree or disagree with it, and see if you can test some it’s findings and assumptions in your own project
  • you could start with one of the topics we’ve addressed in this subject and play around from there
  • find a question you posed in your blog during the session and pursue that

Here’s each step, as promised:

  1. design, implement and evaluate a small [digital storytelling] project
    1. start by thinking about just what a digital storytelling project is.
    2. From there, here are a bunch of examples from QUT. There are also examples on the UOW BCM Moodle site, and other resources you might wish to access [both will require UOW login]. I also have some examples from my tutes in this subject last year, but remember the criteria was slightly different as we adjust these things each year to fit with you.
  2. communicating something about how media practice is spatial in nature
    1. What is it about your ideas above that indicates a sense of space or place?
    2. Are you working in a specific physical location? Are you working in a specific non-physical location? Does your research consultant access one particular place or space in which they do their thing?
    3. If you keep these questions in mind, and tell us what that space is in the digital storytelling, you will meet this criteria.
  3. that demonstrates familiarity with some research in the area
    1. If you’ve linked your work to topics or sources provided during this subject, you’re already there – just remember to actually cite the relevant source.
    2. Otherwise, consult the UOW Library or Google Scholar using keywords relevant to your particular project idea, or even more broadly on the subject itself.
  4. and demonstrates that you can work with another person who shares a story with you.
    1. Find someone who you can work with. This might be someone you’ve come across online, or in earlier research. It could be a family member, or a friend, or a classmate. It could be almost anyone.
    2. Go to this person/people and talk to them about the project. See what ideas they have, and whether their ideas can help you shape the project. Ask them what story they have to tell, and how they would like it told. Suggest some of the ideas you already have, and see what they say.
    3. The key to success in this aspect of the project is showing us that you have worked seriously and carefully with this person – that you have undertaken some form of collaborative ethnography. Remember to be specific about how you’ve done that in your reflection, as it’s part of managing this project.

In my tutes this week, I want people to work through these steps, even if they’re already on track. You’ll find stuff you’ve missed or forgotten about. If you are on track, you’ll probably move through these more quickly, so you can start to think about what your project will look like:

  1. What digital space will it sit in?
  2. What tools will you use?
  3. How will you get access to these?
  4. Do you need to make time to learn some new skills?
  5. How will you explain these tools to your collaborator?
  6. What is the timeframe for developing this aspect of the project?