Finally, although delayed, my research report is complete and despite feeling as though I could’ve done more, I also feel as though if I had, it would have been too much content to fit into the required word count.
I will quickly summarize the changes and final result of my research report:
- I changed my question to simply point out the positive aspects of utilizing social media in education since I felt like I would be able to explain this point more in depth and with genuine interest in the topic, although I tried to set the theme for the piece as informative rather than persuasive. Despite my personal opinion, I did still keep the negative effects of social media in my mind while writing.
- I focused more on discussing the survey results since I believe first hand opinions are more important. There’s no real point in discussing the effects of social media on students, if the results you include and use aren’t from the students themselves.
- I didn’t use many statistics or any images because I personally feel like the report didn’t need them and I would rather use the full word count. A lot of the statistics were also more generalised and I wanted to use more opinionated information.
- All of the survey responses had a positive view of social media within education and wanted to expand its use outside of the BCM subjects at UOW and that really helped me to cement my thesis and decide exactly what I wanted to write about for this assignment.
Only one of the people who filled in my survey requested to be updated with the final project, so I will email them a copy of my final research report.
While looking into the ethics of research, it was interesting to see how thoughtful these guidelines are in terms of where the boundary lies. It was also interesting to see statistics and surveys that went against the ethics and look into the repercussions of breaching the ethics.
I faced a lot of issues with finding sources that weren’t written by people who were out of the generation in which technology had an influence or wasn’t seen as a scary thing. I tried to look for sources written by students who were still studying since they would be in a similar situation when writing their reports which would then make their opinions more relevant to my own topic. Ultimately, I gave up on this and focused on the survey responses, but it was good to read a few different points of view.
The reflection on this project comes at a point where I just remembered how passionate I am about studying and learning. Having to do most of this semester while battling health issues and not having a reliable laptop literally stripped any sort of enjoyment I would have otherwise gotten from doing this assignment.
However, the past few days, I’ve travelled 4 hours to my parents house to camp out and get this assignment done and while I once again, couldn’t do much background research, I feel as though my personal experience in this topic, when paired with the results from my survey were enough to at least pass. I’m thankful for previous studies I’ve done on this topic and the fact that this allowed me to fully form my opinion on using social media early, and then follow this through with research that initially made me question a lot of the positive views I had.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my classmates who filled in my survey, and I also appreciate the fact that your opinions matched my own.
I hope that in the future I’ll be able to look deeper into this, and be able to explain more in depth about what myself, other students and previous research. Something that this assignment definitely taught me was that the most reliable source of information comes from the parties who experience the topic of research directly, or those who are in a similar situation. In the future I hope that researchers who study the effects of social media in education, ask the students themselves what they think of it since the people who filled in my survey were honest about the negative impacts of Social Media in education.
Lastly, thank you to Renee and Kate who have been amazing teachers this semester, and very understanding towards my personal circumstances. You’re the best! ❤