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Durham University

Advanced Research Computing

Covid Study: Remote working and collaboration using digital technology

Print by Mariann Hardey. Into The Distance. April 2020.

This Study, led by Professor Claire Warwick with Dr Mariann Hardey at Durham University, aims to understand the use of technologies for remote working necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic or to uncover the continuities that persist despite it. Many of the activities that we once carried out face to face have had to be replaced by digital channels. We are interested in understanding the effects of these changes, especially on how you feel about the nature of what you are doing, and how effectively technology is supporting you (or not).

Is digital better than physical?

Is it worse or is it just different?

If so, how?

What frustrates you?

What do you enjoy?

What surprises you?

There are two ways of taking part in this research: using this diary form link, either:

  1. Keep the diary for between 2-5 days and list all the tasks you were doing, regardless of technology use.
  2. Keep the diary around for longer and only enter your thoughts when you use a digital tool to replace a physical interaction (e.g. using Zoom instead of having a face to face meeting).

You are welcome to do either.

When you have finished please simply email covid.techstudy@durham.ac.uk. We will anonymise all data, so nothing you say will be associated with your name, which will be replaced with a participant number when the data is processed.

Diary studies work best when accompanied by interviews - remote ones, of course - of a small sample of respondents. So if you are willing to have a short follow-up interview, please indicate this on the form.

Thank you for your interest in the study!

Claire and Mariann

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This Project has received ethical approval from Durham University:

Project Title: Use of remote working technologies due to COVID 19; Reference: ENGL-2020-03-30T15:08:08-sqgw81 Date of ethical approval: 30 March 2020.