Hello and welcome back my blog!
As you all know I have been researching for weeks (Seems like years) about how students feel about online vs physical campuses and the heavy technological reliance we have throughout university assessments and resources.
I have now completed my report and the semester (woo!), so I have returned to reflect on my experiences and what principles BCM212 helped me understand more.
So this was such a personal journey for many of us as we all have opinions on uni degrees and classes, including assessments and resources. Often our frustrations are never heard and we go on through struggling learning these new online programs that never work or take too long to load (yes, MyEconLab I’m looking at you), so this was a safe space for students to express those thoughts.
I learnt a lot through this research, about my topic and myself as well. This project stemmed from my curiosity, which is defined as: “having a strong desire to learn or know something”. I was given an opportunity to satisfy that curiosity- well, to an extent, I would love to do this project in a larger scale across more faculties (maybe in the future)
Curiosity is important: “It makes your mind active instead of passive, It makes your mind observant of new ideas, It opens up new worlds and possibilities, It brings excitement into your life”
Having an opportunity to conduct your own research project and run it the way you want it, is such an excellent way to grow and learn about yourself and the way you work. This definitely helped me understand my project more as well and the way people learn best.
Another element that BCM212 has helped me explore and understand is integrity: Strict adherence to a moral code, reflected in transparent honesty and complete harmony in what one thinks, says, and does. I had a lot of people tell me to not worry about conducting surveys or interviews and just forge the results to steer my report the way I wanted, this was the exact opposite of what I wanted. In my original plan, I spoke about an ‘honest reflection of student bodies’, how would I achieve this through lying about the results. And something as simply as did I read that article in my bibliography? For this report, the answer is: Yes- and I am proud of that.
“For individuals research integrity is an aspect of moral character and experience. It involves above all a commitment to intellectual honesty and personal responsibility for ones actions and to a range of practices that characterize responsible research conduct.”– this quote became very important to me through this project, because it helped reinforce my goal of having an honest project that communicated the truth. Researchers need to have strong moral codes, it is what makes you a good researcher- how you can actually speak for people, in my case university students.
I attempted to follow four steps of research integrity:
convey information truthfully and honoring commitments
report findings precisely and take care to avoid errors
use resources wisely and avoid waste
let the facts speak for themselves and avoid improper bias
This helped keep me ‘on the straight and narrow’. Honestly and Objectivity were definitely my key focuses for this project, and I believe that I achieved this.
But I think the biggest element of research I learnt about this semester was ‘flexibility’: this is all about how you adapt in certain situations and deal when things don’t quite work out- for me this was a challenge, I don’t tend to cope when things go wrong, Stress and worry take over and I go into melt-down mode. However, this project helped a lot, it allows me to plan out everything and give myself time to fix things up if something went wrong (thanks Gnatt chart!)
It is an important characteristic that can really help out: people who are flexible are more likely to be satisfied and effective. (Jones, 2005) I was able to adapt when my interview plans fell through and when I fell behind on my final report as a result of work and being sick. This quality has helped me and my researcher skills.
Thanks for all the support guys x
Jones, Renae Allison (2005) So what is flexibility? : toward a multi-level theory of organisational, group, and individual flexibility. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.
Koenman. G, n.d, Research Integrity, Teaching the Responsible Conduct of Research in Human, https://ori.hhs.gov/education/products/ucla/chapter1/page02.htm, viewed 1st Junes 2017
common sense media, what is curiosity?, https://www.commonsensemedia.org/character-strengths-and-life-skills/what-is-curiosity#, viewed 27th May 2017
The Importance of Being…Curious, https://www.andersonuniversity.edu/sites/default/files/student-success/importance-of-being-curious.pdf, viewed 27th May 2017
What is Research Integrity?, National Institutes of Health, https://grants.nih.gov/grants/research_integrity/whatis.htm