Tom Liam Lynch & Hannah Gerber - Qualitative Research in Computational Times: Dilemmas of Data Gone Digital
August 22, 2017 at 1pm MDT
In this webinar, “Qualitative Research in Computational Times: Dilemmas of Data Gone Digital”, Drs. Hannah R. Gerber and Tom Liam Lynch introduce the notion of the ontological imperative that contemporary researchers must deeply consider when examining digital phenomena or using digital research tools and methods. Making their argument within qualitative and multi methods frameworks, they draw heavily on the work of software theorists to argue that the digital is inherently unstable and that such instability makes both digital data and digital methods of research far less reliable than they first appear. One key claim is that failure to address the ontological imperative leads to epistemological instability wherein replicating studies with digital data and tools can be rendered impossible. The presenters respond by offering a five-step methodological process to account for the ontology of the digital and, in doing so, strengthen researchers’ epistemological claims.
Tom Liam Lynch is Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at Pace University in New York City. A former English teacher and school district official for the New York City Department of Education, Dr. Lynch led the implementation of a $50M online/blended learning program in over 100 schools called iLearnNYC (ilearnnyc.net). He also designed and guided the initial implementation of WeTeachNYC (weteachnyc.org), a digital resource repository and learning environment for the city’s 80,000 teachers. Dr. Lynch’s research sits at the intersection of software theory and English education. Currently, Dr. Lynch is examining the relationship between K-12 computer science and literacy. His book The Hidden Role of Software in Educational Research: Policy to Practice was released by Routledge in 2015. Other publications appear in leading academic journals, including Berkeley Review of Education, Research in the Teaching of English, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, English Journal, and Changing English. Learn more at tomliamlynch.com or on his education blog at gradgrinds.com.
Hannah R. Gerber, Ph.D. (@hannahgerber) is an Associate Professor of Literacy at Sam Houston State University where she teaches graduate classes in digital literacies, research methods, and games studies. Her research focuses on adolescents' digital practices and the confluences of learning that occur within videogame environments. Her recent research has been published in top peer-reviewed journals such as English Journal, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Tech Trends, and The Qualitative Report and she has given multiple keynote addresses at national and international conferences. She is co-author of multiple books such as Conducting Qualitative Research of Learning in Online Spaces (SAGE), and Videogames in the Library: Learning Beyond the Stacks (forthcoming, VOYA) as well as co-editor of Bridging Literacies with Videogames (Sense) and Education and the Arab Spring: Resistance, Reform, and Democracy (Sense). She is currently President-Elect for the International Council of Educational Media.