My research project has prominently stayed quite focused in terms of the base line idea, that being the concerns and interests of a potential carpooling app for UOW students specifically.
This project aims to communicate with a variety of students looking for their opinions on how the app can be designed to better suit the diverse mix of students that attend classes on campus.
Initially I intended to conduct a wide spread survey simply asking if an app like this was available would they use it. Secondly I would use focus groups for more discussion and even further still would conduct one on one interviews
I hoped to gain a large portion of information via social media and focus groups. However this could lead to a research project that wasn’t spanning a wide enough variety with less personal experience and opinion in the mix. Students in my social network may not give insight into aspects that most may not consider and I feel as though focus groups can lead to good discussion however may fail to dig deeper for more unexpected concerns.
I have changed my plan to concentrate less on focus groups (only conducting one for question material) to direct the project towards interviews, since I feel the data may be more personal and in depth.
After a brief discussion with a fellow student regarding my concerns with the diversity of my participants, they encouraged me to find participants from clubs and groups that may broaden the dialogue.
One group that I am keen to use in my research is differently abled people as well as people from the queer community.
I find both these groups seem to be often set aside and forgotten, as they are a minority. However their concerns regarding the app will be incredibly important if not more than the general public of UOW students since they already may have concerns uncommon already. I think these discussions will bring to light concerns I had not even considered, which I hope can promote awareness for others.
Differently abled participants might be hard to come by and the discussion itself will need to be taken with caution due to the sensitive nature of their disability.
From my understanding there is a queer space at UOW that is open to all. I hope to find queer participants here and amongst friends.
I understand I will need to approach the discussion with caution as a queer identity can be a sensitive topic and the last thing I want to do is bombard someone with my research project on the spot
For both these groups being approached by a stranger to discuss very personal aspects of themselves might be quite confronting. My intention is to approach with caution and explain the project openly without attacking them with information.
The direction of the project will be difficult to promote via social media, my best option is to head out into the field and approach potential interviewees face to face. So far I have asked friends to ask others if they will be willing to participate, particularly finding those who identify as queer or are differently abled. Although this will be a slow process and may not lead to many participants, I feel this approach will be more effective in conjunction with social media requests for participation