This week marks the start of the first data collection period for the new EDINA project, "A Live Pulse": Yik Yak for understanding teaching, learning and assessment at Edinburgh. This work, funded under the University of Edinburgh Principal's Teaching Award scheme, is a collaboration between EDINA, the Moray House School of Education, the School of Informatics and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and is seeking to better understand feedback on teaching, learning and assessment in less formal channels. The team are particularly keen to understand how anonymous spaces facilitate discussion of teaching, assessment and the student experience of University.
This project follows on from the Managing Your Digital Footprint project (in which EDINA was also a partner), where the team identified Yik Yak as an increasingly important space for students. Over the next year a team of three student research associates will work with the team to collect samples of data from anonymous and pseudonymous social media applications including the geosocial apps Yik Yak and Jodel, which encourage people to connect with those in near proximity and have particular use and interest on University campuses. The project will also be text mining larger data collections from some of these spaces to identify and understand teaching, learning and assessment comments and conversations. focus group interviews later in the year.
The team will be blogging throughout the next year as it is expected that the dynamic nature of these sites (in design, function and terms of service as well as community behaviours) and the ethical dimensions of this work will be of particular interest. Findings on the core focus of the project, teaching, learning and assessment feedback, are expected towards the end of the project in autumn 2017.