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Advanced Image Elicitation Training Methods module 3: the future of image-elicitation

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  2. Advanced Image Elicitation Training Methods module 3: the future of image-elicitation


Hello and welcome to the pre-registration page for the Advanced Image Elicitation Training Methods module on the future of image-elicitation methods.

The lecturer running this module is Professor Gillian Rose, from The Open University.  She has developed it along with Professor Helen Lomax, from the University of Northampton, and Dr Nick Mahony, an independent researcher.  The module manager is Sarah Frain.

What will the module cover?

Over the past decade, digital technologies have transformed the ways in which images – especially photographs – are produced, circulated and displayed.  However, image elicitation research methods (IEMs) have generally not engaged with the new possibilities that this change has opened up.  This module will begin by exploring what these possibilities might be.  It will then focus on two emerging uses of digital technologies: making online interactive documentaries; and working with social media images.  We'll explore a bit about how these are made, but the emphasis will be more on what kinds of knowledge social science researchers can gain from working in and with these sorts of images.

Some of you will know that there is currently a lot of work going on designing software that can analyse very large numbers of images automatically.  While these sorts of developments will be discussed, this is not a module that requires any kind of programming or coding skills.  We will be looking at such developments in principle, asking what kind of knowledge they can create; we will not developing code! 

At the end of the module, you will have developed your knowledge and understanding of:

  • an understanding of how social science methods reflect the wider context of social, economic, cultural and technological change
  • an overview of the broad parameters of digital visual culture
  • an understanding of how IEMs may develop, given digital technologies for creating, sharing and modifying images
  • an understanding of online collaborative experimentation and discussion
  • skills in online, synchronous and asynchronous, collaborative learning.

When will it run?

The module starts on Monday 24 April and closes on Friday 5 May 2017.   Please note all timings will be at UK time, and the module is delivered in English.

How many hours will it take?

The module will take approximately 13 hours of study, and will include on-line synchronous and asynchronous work as well as offline independent study.

How does online training work?

Once you've registered and the module begins, you'll be working via a website and moving through pages which will be asking you to do various tasks.  Some of these tasks will be offline, for example, reading papers that discuss the use of IEMs and preparing to discuss them.  Some will be online and can be done in your own time, for example preparing and uploading a powerpoint.  And some tasks will be online and involve interacting in real time with Gillian and the other students registered on the module; you'll have to be online at specific times for these tasks. 

The real time discussions in these modules will be delivered using Skype. As part of your registration process, you will be asked to send your Skype name to the module tutor.

What do you expect me to know about image elicitation methods already?

As this is an advanced training module, we expect you to have a basic understanding of what image elicitation methods are, and also some experience in having used them.

When do I have to register by?

The deadline for registration is 6 March 2017.  If you want to register, click the button and you'll be taken to the registration page.