We have launched our CCK08 survey today. Did you blog or post to the moodle forums, or both, or neither during the CCK08 course?
It seemed to us that there must be very few courses that offer participants the choice of where they want to communicate, and that it would be interesting, if not important, to investigate the possible reasons behind the choices that were made.
We have spent a month working out the design for the survey. There has been norming, forming and performing in our small team, and a little storming – but no team would be complete without storming 😉 At one point I thought that Tuckman might have got it wrong – but once we started storming, I knew he had probably got it right!
We have agonised endlessly about whether we are asking the right questions. We have agreed and disagreed. We have referred to other research studies and advice on questionnaire design. We have unpicked each and every statement numerous times, agreeing and disagreeing all over again.
And today we launched it – and we are all exhausted – and I have found the whole process scary and anxiety provoking. And we are supposed to be doing this for pleasure! No doubt you become immune to it all if you are an experienced researcher, but I am not!
But together with this anxiety is excitement. The results are already coming in. There is still a keen interest in what happened in CCK08 out there. It brings it back all over again.
Our research process so far is worthy of examination (maybe another research study) as I think our research wiki shows. We are a group of people who have never met and are conducting this study mostly asynchronously on a wiki. So far we have only had two Skype meetings. We are looking forward to opening our wiki for everyone to see what we have been doing, once all the results are in. We haven’t felt we could open it yet for fear of invalidating our questionnaire. But once we have the results in, we are really looking forward to hearing what others think of what we have done – however critical. It is all part of the learning process and I am certainly learning a lot.
To anyone who responds to the questionnaire – thank you!