(Ethnographic study of educators who participate in 3-D virtual environments?)
- Higher ed, secondary, primary, general, etc... (compare to the journal content analysis example, use their justification)
- Audience (who, how much, etc...)?
- Authors of the blog (teachers, companies, educators)?
- Purpose (of whole blog or individual posts)? (Professional development, news/events/announcements, collaboration, research, advertising, recruiting, resources, lesson ideas, etc...)
Might be moving now in to a more qualitative approach, instead of quantitative, unless I actually want to start counting words (nouns, verbs, types of vocab, etc...), then it might go back to quantitative, or I could always do mixed method. We'll see...
I'm a bit of an English nerd (although I haven't read for pleasure/fun in years! I think college killed that love awhile back), but I love analyzing texts/electronic applications. It's the one thing I am good at. Oh and being creative. I can be creative, sort of. Well, people have said that they like my work in SL, so something must be working. :) SO.... I want to parlay that English/SL love into something of a dissertation. I think my other idea about doing a quantitative survey students and their attitudes about virtual environments might be a bit much for me, especially since I will be uber-busy over the next few years.
Plus, in all honesty, I don't think I will hired at ETEC. I would like to, but I don't really see any openings in the near future (again, this my opinion, I can't say for sure). But another option for me is to work in the English department. I love to teach hybrid tech and rhetoric courses. My former professor Dr. Payne inspired me awhile back about this topic, and it may be something I want to pursue if I teach in a higher academic setting. So, if my dissertation is about blogs (journaling on the Internet) and tech, I may be able to consider working in the English dept. at UH.
Other options for prospective future jobs would be working at another university/college in Hawaii, working at another University in Japan, going back to my high school alma mater, and work as an administrator/tech coordinator and turn it in to a tech campus. I am sure something will turn up. :-p