Personal Reading Diary →
Personal reading diaries are now available to download. Click here to download it The aim of a personal reading diary is to capture a student’s reading, and reading related activities with some context. The diary should be kept for 7 days, then sent back before 19th of December 2011. Each line in the diary should be ﬁlled with one reading event. A reading event is any activity you do,...
Book diary →
The downloadable book diary form is now available. Click here to download it Book diaries follow the life of a book whilst out on loan. The idea is that a borrower who borrows a book from a library would record the activities in this diary related to a specific book, even if the book gets passed on to another person, who would need to continue the diary. The aim is to capture contextual...
I’ve been pretty quiet in the last couple of days, since things started to speed up, and soft planning of the previous week turned into more focused preparation with more tangible outcomes. Since things are progressing on multiple fronts here is a little rundown of each individual pursuit: Where to start? What to ask first? Substance vs. method My main takeaway from the 1st planning week...
Recruiting students →
Recruiting for the project has now started with full steam. If you are currently a Cambridge University student, please consider helping us out and sign up. There are many ways you can help, and there are cool prizes to be won, like Amazon Kindles. More info and signup form behind this link! EDIT: We had a very pleasant surprise in terms of participation! Nearly 200 280 students signed up the...
The Weekly Whacky #1
As I said previously I will post “somewhat related” ideas, or thinking with no other reason just to dump and record and maybe to trigger further discussions. Warning! Half baked and highly suspicious things ahead! Also, most of these are triggered by reading things from usually way smarter people than me - and so always try to not get lost in attribution decay Making connections:...
So last week I spent on planning. Project planning for me not only means preparation for the upcoming activities, but also putting myself into the right mindset. In this instance that means the reading mindset, and so I started surrounding myself with books (more than I would do normally), I started paying attention to the different kinds of reading I do, and I started to become...
A good summary of how ethnographic research practices inform design and product innovation in the commercial world. Can we find out more about our students with similar methods?
This Arcadia project is about finding out more about how students go about their academic reading at the University of Cambridge. This is extremely vague and wide, so let me try to put this in context a bit and specify it a little bit more. We know from previous Arcadia projects that while reading lists are at the heart of academic reading at Cambridge, we still don’t know much about how...
And hello books, libraries, students, and the warm fuzzy feeling of a new project with a good prospect of discovery, and plenty of exciting “stuff”. For those of you who don’t know me, I am a designer & developer working at CARET on educational technology tools, websites and research. I will be doing my Arcadia Fellowship in the next 10 weeks, with the aim of finding out...