Researching as a team

This week, the research project has been a lot of fun. Loads of activity with everyone throwing in their ideas. I don’t usually like chaos and confusion, and I’ve had to spend hours today going through everything on the wiki to check whether my understanding is correct (if only I didn’t have a memory like a sieve!), but it has been stimulating and enjoyable and not as chaotic as it might at first appear.

One of the fun things we are doing in this research project (investigation into people’s preferences in the CCK08 course for communicating in blogs or forums), is to examine ourselves as researchers as we go along. John puts up tests and charts for us to fill in. We have created a folder on the wiki for research reflections and these activities go in there.

We started in quite serious vein examining our different perspectives on whether we have agreed the research questions, whether we have clear goals, open communication, support each other and so on – we did pretty well on that one although there were some different perspectives, but we did establish that we regard ourselves as a good team. (The team is made up of me, Sui Fai John Mak, Matthias Melcher and Roy Williams).

John then put up some questions asking us to identify whether we think our left-brain or right-brain is dominant. It appears that I am left brain dominant. John even had the courage to tell us all what he thinks we are. According to him I am

LB predominantly, though at times like RB. You prefer to systematically analyse ideas, a typical blogger with strong reflections.  Could be excited by RB people like Matthias, John (at times only) and Roy (I am not sure!)

So in the spirit of John’s example, I followed the link on Viki Davis’ blog (pointed out by Matthias) to find out what kind of blogging styles we have and this is what I found out.

One of us is a Protector

The thoughtfully creative and empathetic type. They are especially attuned to thinking up new and better ways of helping people get their needs met. They can be fiercely independent and can work tirelessly to achieve their goals. They often need a friendly reminder not to take themselves too seriously and enjoy the process as well as the achievement.
They like working in an environment where they can set goals and help people grow. Since they often are so good listeners and have strong integrity they often end up very appreciated leaders.


Another is a Scientist

The long-range thinking and individualistic type. They are especially good at looking at almost anything and figuring out a way of improving it – often with a highly creative and imaginative touch. They are intellectually curious and daring, but might be physically hesitant to try new things.
The Scientists enjoy theoretical work that allows them to use their strong minds and bold creativity. Since they tend to be so abstract and theoretical in their communication they often have a problem communicating their visions to other people and need to learn patience and use concrete examples. Since they are extremely good at concentrating they often have no trouble working alone.


I am a Thinker

The logical and analytical type. They are especially attuned to difficult creative and intellectual challenges and always look for something more complex to dig into. They are great at finding subtle connections between things and imagine far-reaching implications.
They enjoy working with complex things using a lot of concepts and imaginative models of reality. Since they are not very good at seeing and understanding the needs of other people, they might come across as arrogant, impatient and insensitive to people that need some time to understand what they are talking about.


As far as we know Roy doesn’t blog, or if he does, he is keeping it very quiet – probably very sensibly. I can’t say that I take any of this very seriously, but these activities do have a way of making us constantly reflect on how well we are working together as a team and bit by bit, we are getting to know each other much better. So quite a shrewd tactic by John, and a lot of fun for the rest of us. 🙂


7 thoughts on “Researching as a team

  1. Keith Lyons March 27, 2009 / 9:20 pm


    Sorry I have missed all this great work! I have been off in other spaces. I am relieved that you are a thinker! That was my most immediate response when I read your CCK08 blogs. The second paragraph of your description of a thinker is not you!

    I trust Spring is on the way in the UK. Autumn here is very golden.

    Best wishes


  2. suifaijohnmak March 28, 2009 / 12:43 am

    Hi Jenny,
    Thanks for this stimulating post.
    I have posted the Learning Style Inventory on the pbwiki for us to enjoy.
    I will try Viki Davis’ blog to check on my blogging style. Like to guess mine? I think you have already got it, haven’t you? Quite a fun!

    Keith, great to learn that your status too.

  3. Roy Williams April 2, 2009 / 1:44 pm

    Hi, Jenny, I do blog, but in different spaces, some active, some dormant.

    There is blog on theory: (which typealyser categorises as a Thinker)

    And one on Zen/ presence: (which typealyser categories as a Duty Fulfiller.

    I think I must be a bit mixed up!

    And there are wikis that are mostly bloggish:
    On Affordances:
    And on KM:

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