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H809 – Ethical issues associated with online research (A6.5)

March 27, 2011

Let’s find out if I will achieve some answers regarding my planned blogging project.

The OU (Open University) refers to the Exploring online research methods website for further exploration.

Starting  with the aims and learning outcomes I already experience that discomfort again. Well, I already experienced that ethical issues are complex, but the indication of online libel, spam, viruses, copy right issues but also unequal power relations, digital divide, international inequalities, use of correct terminology and things like withdrawal or debriefing, does not really improve my confidence.

Although, this issue is really interesting and quite important I cut this a little bit short and advise everybody who wants to explore this topic in more detail to explore the website or to download the print version.

Ethics alone could fill a whole course, not only a week, that’s for sure.

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