Over the last couple of weeks I've spent a few hours here and there revisiting my dissertation research proposal. My timeline included a period when I could re-focus the nature of my research, based upon the findings that would emerge from the New Geographies of Learning project. As we're coming to the end of writing up the first paper from that project, this has been a good time to consider whether I need to refocus my plans.
The title of my dissertation changes only slightly, replacing distance students for the more cumbersome online distance learner. The title now reads as follows:
Picturing Edinburgh: how do distance students view their university.
After a bit of to-ing and fro-ing, my current thinking is that I'd like to refocus my dissertation in a small but significant way. I had planned to consider how distance students conceptualise and relate to their institution. I had also intended to offer insights into student attitudes towards their institution. On reflection, I think I was trying to cover too many strands without making an explicit connection between them. I'm also not sure how I would look into the idea of analysing the relationship a student and university. My current thinking is that I would instead like to consider "how distance students at The University of Edinburgh conceptualise and experience their institution."