Survey Research and Digital Humanities

On the 28th November, week 10 the lecturer discussed to the group and I the importance of survey research as its quite vital for the types of assignments and works were doing in the course media and communications. Along with this, the lecturer talked to us briefly about digital humanities.

The lecturer explained to us that the reason why we use surveys is because it is there to help us find out about the opinions and ideas of multiple people on a specific topic whether its qualitative or quantitative. Quantitative being collecting information about a population.

When designing a survey, it is said that we need to think about the people we are asking first and the question that’s getting asked needs to help in some way with the research your collecting.

We learnt that the way you distribute a survey can always affect the kind of response you get.

From what I now there are a couple of ways to distribute survey, one is giving out the surveys to people but that is not reliable all the time and secondly there is a way of giving out surveys online which I would say is more recommendable.

In terms of analysing a survey, there are multiple ways in which you could analyse a survey. One being from the statistics you picked up or the coding from the surveys.

As I said before, when doing a survey, you have to consider the people your administering the questions to. So, like thinking about the ethics, if the question I’m asking is the best way of getting my research and if the result will help me in some way.

Digital humanities are essentially an area of computing or digital technologies and the disciplines of the humanities, this includes the use of digital resources in humanities.

As this was brief, the whole class including me was given a reading by Posner Miriam where she describes ‘Digital Humanities’ “Partly as a function of it relative youth over how  a digitally adept scholar should be equipped” Later on he comes to say that a “ Digital humanist works at the intersection of technology and the humanities”. Relating and linking to what I said before.

Overall, I think I sort of got the lecture, as I had a little knowledge before on surveys as I did loads of this back in college digital humanities though, I had to read on.

Kackman, M. and Kearney, M. (2018). The craft of criticism. 1st ed. New York: Micheal Kackman, p.331.