Surely it’s just a fun way to chat about the news and rant about politics. There are a few serious professional tweeters. But they usually chat about drinking wine and politics on twitter with the occasional link to their more serious published writing or a blog (the throw away stuff in draft). Whatever the status of digitally mediated communication, #ukfechat has inspired or at least generated the idea for a research project; an idea that has taken hold. That is, a few days later (twitter days are longer than normal days – so a few days is ages) – there are still people say … me too!
A quick look through the biographies of all those who have expressed an interest suggests a completely mixed group with varied backgrounds including established, star rated academics, recently qualified FE teachers and techy experts.
Whatever the limitations of academic research – this is surely a possible basis for collaborative interdisciplinary work? The trouble is – who amongst us has expertise in this situation.
I certainly don’t but this is how it seems to me.
Having established the interest, a new hash-tag has been suggested:
we can at least talk without out our 140 characters taken up with naming people
A few questions have been floated:
This assumes we all want to work on a similar question, a project, rather than seeing #ukfechatRQ as a space to discuss our own and others’ research. May actual live research is a bot ambitous. We are all – after all – busy people.
The fact that this is an online group means we are likely to lean towards the use of online data; there’s no point in doing anything unless it leads to credible, original and meaningful work. None-the-less as a digital community, when methodology is referred to, it is with the sense that it will most likely be virtually enabled. As FE professionals we are all aware of the advantages and pitfalls of this type of communication.
We’ve had a few comments and questions about methods, live data and coding.