I’m much more used to Academic Games Conferences, but since that’s only a part of my Phd study I submitted an abstract to the British Educational Researchers Association (http://www.bera.ac.uk/) fully expecting to be turned away for not knowing enough big words, but it it turns out titles like “Creativity in Ludoliteracy, Games Development and Games Studies in the UK” sound grown-up enough to let me present, which I did as part of the Early Careers Research Conference.
What was also very nice was to put on my researcher brain into gear, after a week of dealing with emails / spreadsheets / SITS / Facebook etc etc dipping in and out of different Special Interest Groups and Presentations (the choice was huge) felt a wonderful change of pace – and an nice balance to the start of teaching. My presentation is below, if I get a chance (hah!) I’ll turn it into an actual paper and things…
For the past few years I’ve been keeping a track of our social media take up – so I knew where to concentrate our efforts. For the first year I updated it monthly – but since then I’ve just taken snapshots on the 8th of August every year.
Here’s this year’s.. (All the relevant posts, including the Ur Post with the magic updating Google Docs chart art tagged as smtrack)
Now in theory all of those are active, but in reality you can see the top hitters – No surprises really, Twitter, Facebook – both profile & page and the Linked in Group.
Of course, this doesn’t really look at engagement – I’m running sumall on that now to have a quick look but it’s interesting in the time I’ve been keeping an eye on this how the landscape changes – Prospective students are much keener to ask question over facebook then e-mail, but only about half of the facebook users are keen to engage with things (For example, for our Welcome Week event this year we’ve only got one meta event listed, to encourage communication through the years and to catch more students. Of the 250 invites 114 have not yet responded – and Facebook have got rid of the super useful option to send a message to people invited to an event, probably for this very reason)
I also can’t see the landscape changing much more in the next year, we could probably Vine & Instagram more, but realistically it’s going to be photos of things on computers, videos of people in the mocap studio and the occasional Mexican Wave in a lecture theatre.
I have pretty much vanquished the PGCERT – All I need to do now is some paperwork and that’s done and dusted! Woohoo!!
Next stop is the RDC-1 form, although my very drafty version is already proving useful, since it forced me to think about that I was doing and how I might be doing it. So for now, here is my draft title:
“Identifying commonalities in the working practices of students during a Global Games Jam event in line with their education at Staffordshire University.
I imagine when this is all bound that will bear no relation to the final title, but we can look back at this post and laugh at it’s naivety.
This also means I’m starting to plan actual approaches, and chapters, and things. Behold – Planning tools!
I can not tell you how useful mindmaps have being, I’m currently using M8! on my little touch screen netbook and it’s awesome. It’s wierd, seeing it broken all up into Trello Boards and Mindmaps makes it seems infinitely do-able and exciting too. Yeah Research!!