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A murky business: the ethics of conducting educational research in Facebook groups

Perryman, Leigh-Anne and Coughlan, Tony (2014). A murky business: the ethics of conducting educational research in Facebook groups. In: Proceedings: Challenges for Research into Open & Distance Learning - Doing Things Better – Doing Better Things, European Distance and E-Learning Network, pp. 277–289.

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Abstract

Facebook is undoubtedly the face of online social networking and is transforming ‘the ways students communicate, collaborate, and learn’ (Tess, 2013) within higher education. This paper builds on existing research on the use of Facebook in educational settings, taking as its focus the ethical challenges of researching within Facebook - a topic that receives little attention - asking the overall research question ‘what are the ethical challenges of researching social network activity in an educational context?’. The paper is informed by two phases of our own reflexive research on the educational practices of formal and informal learners both in online forums and in Facebook groups: our developing and piloting the ‘public open scholar’ role (Coughlan and Perryman, 2012) within UK voluntary sector communities and Commonwealth autism-focused Facebook groups; and our more recent research around formal learners participating in public Facebook groups about specific UK Open University (OU) courses.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 The authors, EDEN
ISBN: 615-5511-00-4, 978-615-5511-00-4
Extra Information: Access to download available until 31 December, 2014.
Keywords: Facebook; research ethics; social network; education; Open University,
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
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Item ID: 41323
Depositing User: Tony Coughlan
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2014 10:17
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 14:25
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/41323
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