Researching #Change11

As a participant in #change11, it is important for you to be aware of the privacy and security details relating to your involvement. The course privacy notice can be found here.


There are numerous research activities planned for #change11. If you wish to follow, or engage in, those projects, please join this google group for mooc research. When joining, please provide a short statement of your interest so we know who is interested and who is a spammer :).


During #change11, you will receive invitations to join research projects focused on specific themes or topics. This may include surveys, requests to join pilot groups, interviews, focus groups, or other activities. All of these are optional and you are free to discontinue any research projects that you have joined at any time. Where interviews or focus groups are conducted, researchers should have received ethics board approval from their university. Your comments on the open web - namely blogs, twitter, or sites that anyone can access without a password - may be reviewed by researchers. While ethics review boards are not clear on open web research, the general view seems to be that research on blogs/twitter/social media is similar to research using other public resources like newspapers.


Researchers are asked to adhere to guidelines around open online content. Our view is that if content and interactions are open and online (no password required), then ethics board approval is not required for research. This policy is similar to what major research universities have adopted. See, for example, University of Texas' statement on human subject research and the open web (thanks to George Veletsianos for the link). Where content online is used, we ask that researchers take steps to preserve anonymity of individuals unless they receive waivers from individuals themselves.


Do you have any questions with regard to research activities in #change11? If so, please contact gsiemens@gmail.com