I’m high-fiving myself in public here, and I’m okay with that. I can explain why.
Last Thursday, after two previous attempts for ethics approval from the Brandon University Research and Ethics Committee (BUREC), my approval to proceed with my Research Study on “Social Media and Student Engagement” was finally granted.
The very next morning, I sent my first Tweet out—outlined as per my ethics application—in my efforts to invite 100 teachers to participate in my study. The only definitive requirements are: 1) have to be a teaching in MB, and 2), should be using Social Media in their classroom efforts. If you meet these two requirements, and have a Twitter account, you may check out my feed here.
Then…there was silence for two days. Just a little unnerving. Then today, I received my very first Direct Message via Twitter! The question I received was simple: What’s my research study about?
Well, the purpose of my study is: to identify what teachers’ understanding of social media is; to identify what qualifiers constitute as student engagement; and to determine how social media is used to affect student engagement.
I hope the participant chooses to complete what they can. And after that? Only 99 more to go!
Which shouldn’t be too hard, right? After all, MTS states that there are at least 15,000 active members in Manitoba.