After recruiting students for this qualitative research study, we split them into focus groups no bigger than five. Pre determined questions were posed to these groups on an online video forum known as Blackboard collaborate. Students were encouraged to answer each question, and to formulate a discussion with one another. I, as the research assistant, oversaw the conversation and provided the question prompts. Each interview was recorded, and than transcribed.
The next part of this project is combining the data. After this we will begin to analyze student responses for commonalities and trends. We hope to assess the impact of a civic engagement course on students. We also hope to understand the effect online learning has on this course. After we finish analyzing the data we will draw our final conclusion, and type up a report.