It was a relatively uneventful day, besides having my first day of class. I did some laundry in the morning, posted some photos (finally, I know), and went to class.
Today was my qualitative research class where I will learn about conducting focus groups and interviews, and writing research reports on the topic. I have taken quantitative research classes which I really enjoyed (I’m quite the numbers person), so I’m looking forward to expanding my horizons with this more abstract topic.
As expected, everyone in the class was Australian (small class though – only 15 students max). Most were combined communication and law students in their final year of study. I was the only information and knowledge management concentration, so I was a bit of an odd duck out. It seems like many of them have had classes together before, again, which I expected. We reviewed the subject outline (syllabus) and went over some introductory topics of qualitative research. It seemed like other people had a some background in the topic, but it seems like I’ll be able to catch on quickly.
We ended by playing some name games and video games with my Armchair Empire headset and getting to know each other, and got out almost 45 minutes early. We were supposed to go over our first reading, but very few of us actually completed the assignment. Last night I did sign in to UTS Online (online resources and bulletin board for classes, like our WebCT) to see the reading there, but I didn’t have time to complete it. I thought I was starting off on the wrong foot, but luckily other students had just returned from holiday (vacation) and were in the same boat as me. Fine with me if we get out of class early!