In the first quarter of 2021 we explored design steps, starting with a January focus on research questions. We continued to learn about the design stage in February by focusing on Choosing Methodology and Methods. The focus for March is on Designing an Ethical Study.
In this post, Dr. Liz Przybylski helps us mesh these topics. Follow this link to access two chapters of Hybrid Ethnography: Online, Offline, and In Between: Chapter 1, Introduction and Chapter 2, Ethics. Use this code, MSPACE20, for a 20% discount when you order her book from SAGE Publishing.
Writing from my home in California in March 2021, March of 2020 seems far more than a year ago. The changes we’ve all experienced due to COVID in the past year have upended so much. As a scholar and teacher, I feel this acutely in the research landscape. When I wrote Hybrid Ethnography: Online, Offline, and In Between, it was designed to help colleagues and students navigate practical and theoretical changes that emerge when we do research across an online/offline divide. In this past year, most of us have spent far more time in online scenes than we ever would have imagined. This is a challenge, and an opportunity. Given ongoing research restrictions, I invite you to think with me through two imminent ethics questions:
- What changes in personal and professional ethics when fieldsites are partially or fully online?
- How can scholars and research teams address their own safety and privacy online?