One assignment nearly finished and going straight onto the next one. Great. Assignment two requires us to select a research topic, and in groups conduct a short survey. After 20 minutes of conversation about nothing regarding the assignment, we finally decided to jot down idea as to what aspect of social media we would like to focus on. Multiple discussions with our tutor and a lot of um’ing and ah’ring finally resulted in a decision for our focus question: What is the role of Social Media behind the experience of music amongst university students?
We quickly started firing out questions we could incorporate into our surveys and we got really excited of how well we were doing, until we realised that no one had wrote the questions down. So the process started all over again.
The purpose for these questions is so we can examine the ways that social media affects other university students and the way that changes their whole experience of music. Some questions we thought of were open ended and the others closed, so we culled down to the most important ones and the questions that would give us the most information. Open ended questions result in a more in depth answer; an example of an open-ended question is “what do you know about social media?” Closed questions are simply questions that you can only answer with a yes or no response. For example, “Do you have Facebook?”
We interviewed each other with questions we thought were relevant to our research topic, which allowed us to see what worked and what didn’t. It also helped us realise that some of the questions we thought were fantastic, weren’t so great. Interviews are mostly trial and error, but it’s so important that the right questions are asked to get the desired answer. A couple of questions we came up with were:
- What social media platforms do you use?
- How much do you these platforms influence your decisions?
- How often do you use social media?
We were able to identify how to re-arrange the question and transfer it into a more survey like question, including multiple choices. I think our group benefited on interviewing each other as it allowed us to have a clearer direction on what we actually wanted to research, as social media is so broad.
So based on the short interview that our group conducted, there is a lot of trial and error in the process. Hopefully we get it right!