Back in June of 2017, Leigh Cassell, founder and President of the Digital Human Library came forward with an opportunity to participate on a DHL research team. Initially, she had been collaborating with Dr. Dan Krutka from the University of North Texas, and he brought Dr. Ken Carano from Western Oregon University on board. In the end, five of us (with the help of a couple of data analysts during the analysis phase of the research process) worked to develop a survey posted on Digital Human Library where we reached 117 participants from July-August 2018. Using the data from the survey, we engaged in coding responses guided by helpful codebooks developed by Dan and Ken. This was such a valuable practice for me, as it really helped me to understand what it takes to assign qualifiers to survey responses in order for the data to be visualized in a way that makes sense in a research paper. This would then be passed on to readers in a framework of best practices (aimed mostly at teachers who use videoconferencing in the classroom, or are looking to start). The article was officially published in the Journal of Research on Technology in Education (JRTE) on August 23, 2019.
I am so thankful for this opportunity, and to our survey respondents. Please see below a tweet from Dr. Krutka – the article will be open access for a few months to allow librarians at Treasure Mountain Canada to read and discuss! Find the article here.
Digital Human Library Organization Research page
Recommended APA citation
Krutka, D. G., Carano, K. T., Cassell, L., Davidson-Taylor, K., & Lavoie, M. (2019). Wise practices and intercultural understandings: A framework for educator videoconferencing. Journal of Research on Technology in Education. Advanced Online Publication.