Digital Research Pedagogies

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This fishbowl invites a lively discussion of how to teach about digital research and its associated methodological approaches. As internet scholars, we develop and engage with new methods for researching digitally mediated life and digital technologies, even as they are ever-changing and updating. We also pass along these methods collegially (such as through the AoIR listserv), in post-secondary classrooms, and through other forms of knowledge transfer. This pedagogy often necessitates unconventional and unique approaches that address the realities of digital research, which include difficulty accessing data, unexplored platforms, shifting cultures of use, and evolving research tools, among other complications. Rapid expansion in the realms of Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things further challenge us to make these unfolding areas intelligible to our students while we simultaneously grapple with how to study them.

Providing the rare opportunity to discuss the range of digital research pedagogies deployed across disciplines, locations, and topics, five scholars will share their hands-on teaching experiences to begin the fishbowl. Pablo Rodrigo Velasco González will share about teaching digital research alongside its associated ethical challenges. Both Ariadna Matamoros-Fernandez and Fenwick McKelvey will provide insights on the execution of digital research activities in the classroom. Matamoros-Fernandez will deliberate ways of guiding students through social media data extraction while McKelvey will recount challenges and successes of engaging undergraduates in meme research. Formulating lessons for dealing with the heavily visual nature of social media data, Tim Highfield will give approaches for teaching about digital visual culture. Stefanie Duguay will open a broader conversation about teaching the digital research concepts that provide necessary groundwork for developing students into digital researchers, who are then ready to equip themselves with a range of methodological approaches. The resulting discussion will generate a collaborative pool of expertise encompassing existing digital research pedagogies and speculating about future approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Publication dateOct 2020
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020
EventAoIR 2020: Life - Online
Duration: 26 Oct 202031 Oct 2020


ConferenceAoIR 2020
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