From WSU Technology Knowledge Base
- Audience - All WSU instructors interested in learning about the digital ethnography assignment in their courses.
- Interview Date - 1/17/2013
- Tools Used - WordPress, iMovie, Movie Maker, and YouTube
Meet the Faculty Member
Dr. Nicholas Wysocki completed his undergraduate work at Western Illinois University and his graduate work at the University of Iowa. His area of expertise is the social foundations of education. He has been a part of travel study experiences to Puebla, Mexico; Montgomery, Alabama; and St. Paul, Minnesota. He has also worked on the development of clinical experiences with the Miller Mentoring program and serves on the Diversity Council in Rochester, MN.
Viewing the Interview Segments
The full interview is divided into six segments. Select play to begin viewing Segment 1. To advance to another segments at any time by using the Next button.
- Where did the idea for the digital ethnography begin? Nicholas introduces where the idea for the digital ethnography came from and begins to describe how it allows a student to reflect, document, and share their diverse experiences in the classroom.
- Could you talk specifically how a student would build their Digital Ethnography? Nicholas explains that the digital ethnography needed a platform for students to organize, document, integrate, and store their data and reflections from this experience and WordPress is the tool they utilizes for this assignment.
- What are some of the precautions or guidelines you put in place for this project? In this segment Nicolas explains the measures put in place for the student data that is uploaded as a part of this project.
- Could you describe the key learning outcomes of the digital ethnography? Reflection, respond, and advocacy are the core goals for the department and this assignments is designed to provide a student an authentic way (i.e. in their own written, video, photo, and audio reflections) on preconceptions of teaching.
- Could you describe the role TLT and our DLC Stars play in this assignment? Nicholas describes the role TLT and our DLC Stars play in assisting his student learn how to build the site and integrate the media being used for this assignment.
- What would you recommend to other faculty who are considering doing the digital ethnography in their own classes?In this segment Nicholas describes an iterative process he affords himself as he continually reflecting on the assignment and the larger outcomes he desires for his students.
- Spend time planning and coordinating the tools used for the assignment so that student work is protected.
- Focus energy on continually reflecting on the assignment and the larger goals you have for student learning outcomes.
- The assignment provides students an authentic way to document, reflect, and learn about their experiences of diversity within the classroom.
- The process provides clear and authentic evidence of student preconceptions to teaching with diversity in the classroom and opportunities to reflect on what possible responses they could have in the future when they will be advocates for their students.
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