Gathering your own PRIMARY INFORMATION using Communities
One of the things that I've reminded myself about over the past year of studies is that a great deal of research already exists and is available to us. Published articles, survey results, text books, video clips, audio recordings etc all provide assistance to us in our studies. From these we get to benefit from a mass of research that allows us to develop our own skills and knowledge. This research is known as secondary research
Alongside all of this, we all have access to our own communities to conduct research. We're part of many communities. Our community of work colleagues. Our social communities. Of course there are also our professional communities, such as this one. I should probably also add that whilst ever we're using any aspect of social media channels, be that Twitter, Linked In, or any other, we can also consider those to be communities too. We can consider this type of research to be Primary Research.
I've edited the title of this discussion based on our conversation below. The following relates to gathering INFORMATION for rather than formal RESEARCH. Hope you find this useful.
So how much do you use your own communities for research?
This research becomes excellent learning for you personally as well as others, but also forms great content for your own assignments and articles. Here's how you can use it:
- Choose a topic that you're writing an assignment for
- Pose a question in your community on the topic that you are wanting to gather information on (such as this example here)
- Send the link to your fellow group members and ask them (with a pretty please to reply to it)
- Send the link as well to any other contacts you have on the community
- If you have any followers on Twitter or Linked In that are also on the community, tweet or send them a link!
So it's great to use all the secondary research that's available to us in these text books, articles, reference material etc and we should continue to do so. But gathering your OWN PRIMARY INFORMATION in your own communities is a great way of gathering information that is current, up to date, relevant and practical to today's organisational learning.