Personal Honours Project - Research Insights

After a shaky start to my research, I had my tutorial with Chris and Andrea today where I began to talk them through all of my research. I'd found that a solid week of reading gives you a huge amount of research and insights to share and I had a really successful tutorial with them both. I also made sure to let Chris know that communities of practise was no longer my sole focus for this project and that I had also incorporated elements of curiosity and constructionism. This led me to redefining my topic to a more broader idea:

An interesting way to allow people to digitally share information.

or

A digital platform to allow people to digitally share information in an interesting way.

After reviewing last week's research, I began to answer the list of questions Chris had give me from the previous tutorial/email. This helped me organise my thoughts and put down all of my research onto paper and let me see how much work I had done over the last two weeks. The main insights I pulled from my research were:

- Characteristics of communities is not strictly exclusive to physical or digital groups.

- Social learning is more possible over digital communities.

The overall experience is the same both groups - working towards and achieving a common goal.

- More knowledge is shared between experts and adepts as opposed to master and apprentice.

- Curioisty about a topic would drive a person to join a community.

- Physical groups will likely meet. Proximity is important to them.

- Discussions on digital platforms are just as valid as when discussing and exchanging ideas, as this happens more more in informal social interactions.

- Proximity is not as important for digital groups.

- Communities need to invite interactions that make them alive.

- Communities should look to support the development of individuals as well as the community.

- (Tacit) Knowledge is "captured" when the holder joins a network or community.

- The best interactions occur between users when people partake in shared activity.

- Knowledge is social - sharing knowledge sparks conversation and the sharing of experiences.

- Communities should always seek to learn and innovate. 

While I had gained good insights, it had dawned on me that I had no real solid concepts to apply them too, and this was Chris and Andrea's recommended next steps for me. While I had been formulating some concepts as time had gone on, it was time to begin creating some based more on the research and what I had an interest in about the topic. I decided to leave it until Thursday where I would come back fresh faced and ready to create my 1-page brief and plan my 'Show-and-Tell' presentation due on the Monday.