Developing a codebook – Part 1

For the INF537 Research Project I am looking at my online behaviour and how and why it has changed during the +- 2 years of my studies. I mapped my online activities and transactions at the beginning of my studies and again +- after the first year and reported on it in the INF532 Network literacy evaluative report (scroll down towards the end). I will use this mapping as a baseline to work from.

The tool I used for the mapping was developed by the researchers involved in the Digital Visitors and Residents project (I blogged about this project now in 2019 and earlier in 2017). During this project a Codebook for Visitor and Resident Interview Transcripts was developed and used to code interview and survey responses. “It is important to note that the project was designed to help teaching staff better understand the way their students were engaging online” (White and Le Corno in First Monday, 2017).

downloaded from pixabayI used this codebook as a basis from which to start development of my own coding scheme. I immediately realised that I would have to make major adaptations as much in the original coding scheme is not relevant for my time and context. Here is my working document with comments and questions added to the original codebook

For example: :

  • In 2011 when the original codebook was developed, not only online transactions were coded, but other information seeking behaviour, e.g. personal meetings and using books and handwritten notes, which I do not have to take into account.
  • Distinction was made between which type of network was used, whether the technology used was self-owned or not, etc. this level of detail has really become obsolete in our mobile-connected world – we are connected, period.

Image by William Iven from Pixabay

  • I may modify the “Place” category to keep track of “where I was” = home, work/school, elsewhere. This may be interesting in the light of White and Le Corno’s follow up article from 2017 where they comment on the “blurring” of activities, where work is done form home and private transactions happen at the workplace. Not sure if it is relevant to my study though.
  • So much of what we do now is “on the Internet” that further development and refining of the categories for “websites”, “databases”, “VLEs & CMSs and “software” is needed.

The category that most interests me is the one for “Agency”. This need some more thought to apply to me!

I also see that I need to bring in theoretical concepts that we learnt about and models into my codebook.

— Connectedness – thinking of Rodd Lucier’s framework

— Stages of PLN Adoption – Jeff Utecht’s framework

— Seek, sense, share – as proposed by Jarche (as Personal Knowledge Mastery)  and adapted for curation by Kanter

— Engagement genres – White and Le Corno again in 2017

I am so glad that I started this process early in this project. It will take time to develop the codebook and the concepts behind it.

In the meantime I will be able to tabulate my daily online activities better, as well as reflect on each day‘s online transactions.

…I’ll be back.