When Carleton University announced courses would be fully online last year, people teaching in the journalism program went to work overhauling classes, figuring out how to adapt materials for students all over the world and getting ready for a semester of Zoom and Big Blue Button.

Behind the scenes, researchers Trish Audette-Longo – a term instructor who joined the faculty in 2019 – and Christianna Alexiou – a student in the third year of the Bachelor of Journalism program – have been studying how online courses are working and how materials are being shared.

Now, they are hoping students can help fill in some blanks.

This month Audette-Longo and Alexiou launched a student survey to better understand what needs to change to make online learning in the journalism program better. The survey looked at questions of accessibility, professional and social development, technology, support and more.

Next they would like to hear more about how students are connecting what they learned online to how they hope to practice journalism in the field. They are inviting students to take part in small group interviews and share their experiences and challenges. The results from these interviews are expected to be published and shared with journalism faculty and the public.

Get involved:

  • Students who want to take part in group interviews, or who want to know more about this project, can email Trish Audette-Longo or Christianna Alexiou at audettelongo@carleton.ca or christianna.alexiou@carleton.ca
  • Students who volunteer to participate will not be named in future publications or presentations. Only researchers and other group interview participants will know who took part.

This project was reviewed and cleared by the Carleton University Research Ethics Board (Protocol No. 115379). If you have any ethical concerns with the study, please contact the Carleton University Research Ethics Board by email at ethics@carleton.ca.

Monday, April 26, 2021 in ,
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