Video is increasingly being used to collect data (Heath, Hindmarsh and Luff, 2010). Video is used as an accessible technological means replacing conventional audio recordings. It is also used more intentionally as visual data can disclose aspects of (inter) action and document certain practices. Video also allows obtaining data through repeated observation and visual data further support multidisciplinary analysis (Roschelle, 2000) after the original recording.
The course departs from the notion that the academia are just recently disclosing the full potential of visual data and require capacity building and due reflection. In the social sciences a more awaiting and critical approach is prevailing, articulated in debates on ethical implications. As in all domains it is recognized that the assumed richness of visual data also confronts researchers with challenges in the process of documenting, analysing and interpreting of the footage.
This course focuses on the potential and the qualities of visual data collection in research and will start with a review of the diversity of research strategies that incorporate visual data. Visual literacy and visual ethics will be positioned from an academic point of view to further legitimize obtaining and using visual data.
Participants will work on assignments in relation to research design, ethics, representation in practice (portrayal), recording and analysing films. Some basic film techniques will be trained in a context of a scientific practice. Participants will gain familiarity with multimodal transcription, labelling and coding of observations and analysing footage with respondents/peers. The course is developed and lectured by dr. Rico Lie and dr. Loes Witteveen of the chair group Knowledge, Technology and Innovation and by Margriet Goris, ethno videographer.