Faculty member pens book to help researchers work ‘Online, Offline, and In Between’

Faculty member pens book to help researchers work ‘Online, Offline, and In Between’

Work includes field notes and observations of in-person and virtual research. Lansing Parks and Recreation and the school district to provide work spaces at the Foster Community Center for students to help working families. Best Buy Co. reported that online sales more than tripled in the fiscal second quarter, as shoppers bought computers, tablets and large appliances to help them cook, work and learn from home during the pandemic

When Assistant Professor Liz Przybylski was working on her ethnomusicology dissertation research more than 10 years ago, she realized she had few resources available to guide her work.

She decided to collect her field notes and interviews, all focused on artists both in physical communities and digital worlds, and turned them into her first publication, “Hybrid Ethnography: Online, Offline, and In Between.” The book serves as a comprehensive research guide, covering a wide range of topics, including challenges faced by ethnomusicologists, as well as instructions on how to edit videos. Balancing both online and offline research has become especially critical as researchers adjust to COVID-19, which has turned every in-person observation into a virtual interaction. 

“One of the interesting challenges for ethnographers has been this global pandemic,” said Przybylski, an assistant professor of ethnomusicology with UC Riverside’s Department of Music. Przybylski specializes in hip-hop practices in Canada and the United States, with a focus on indigenous popular music. 

Before COVID-19, experts like Przybylski had already been researching older networking sites such as Myspace, but the pandemic brought new questions to the forefront: What does it mean to be “live” at an event? What is the experience like for a performer? For an audience member?

Ethnography requires in-person observation, but researchers will have to quickly grasp their understanding of how humans understand each other online, a platform Przybylski describes as having its own lexicon and culture.   

“Hybrid Ethnography: Online, Offline, and In Between” looks at the theory and practicality of a hybrid ethnography, meaning studying and observing cultures first-hand and in a virtual world —a process that will become crucial post-pandemic, Przybylski said. Her book includes tips for photo and video recording strategies, as well as complex topics, such as language and participant observation, and detailed information about data collection and management. 

“I describe in a lot of detail what I ended up learning, from my own experience and from related research that I reviewed,” Przybylski said. “I want other colleagues who want to expand hybrid online work to have a resource. I also offer tips to help think through the thorny, ethical, and critical questions, such as what kind of relationships we enter both online and offline.” 

The book is available both as an electronic version and as a paperback.

Source: news.ucr.edu


Foster Community Center to be learning lab where students can study while parents work

Foster Community Center to be learning lab where students can study while parents work

LANSING — Students will be able to study and do schoolwork at the Foster Community Center at no cost through a Lansing School District partnership with the city designed to help working families. 

The Lansing Parks and Recreation Department plans to provide limited working spaces at the Foster Community Center for students from qualifying families who can complete their work under adult supervision while their parents go to their jobs, according to a press release issued Tuesday.

The spaces are offered to students in kindergarten through sixth grade. It’s part of the school district’s work to organize “Learning Labs” that will give students a safe place to complete their online work. School district officials opted to start the school year online amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The decision left some working families in a difficult situation, since working their jobs would mean finding someone to care for their children. School district officials hope these learning labs help solve the problem.

“Our families are facing many challenges as we head into the online-only return to instruction for the first marking period of the 2020-2021 school year. We must all work together to ensure that our children are successful and have access to an adequate online learning environment,” said Mayor Andy Schor, in the press release. “The City of Lansing will offer a number of spaces at Foster Community Center for children who cannot be home alone while their parents are working.

“Working together to support all Lansing children and families is the most important thing we can do during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Foster Community Center space will join several learning labs hosted by other community partners, including:

— Boys & Girls Club for K-12 students. Call 517-394-0455 to register.

— YMCA for ages 5-12. Register at www.lansingymca.org/remotelearning

— Lansing Parks and Recreation for grades K-6. Learn more at www.parksonline.lansingmi.gov or by calling 517-483-4313

— Caterpillar Corner for ages 5-13. Register at www.caterpillarcornercc.com or in-person at Caterpillar Corner Childcare at 2168 N. Cedar St. in Holt and Cradles to Crayons Childcare at 4711 S. Marking Luther King Blvd. in Lansing. Children can be enrolled full-time for $145 per student per week or part-time, covering three days weekly for $75 per week. The school district will put $130 toward the cost if the parents do not qualify for Michigan Department of Health and Human Services assistance. Students receive breakfast, lunch and a snack. 

— Woldumar Nature Center for grades K-5. Register at www.woldumar.org or by calling 517-322-0030.

— Impression 5 Science Center for grades K-4.

All students and city staff will be required to wear masks, practice social distancing and wash hands frequently. 

Parents must provide proof of employment to qualify. 

Source: www.lansingstatejournal.com


Best Buy's 2Q online sales surge but challenges remain

Best Buy’s 2Q online sales surge but challenges remain

Best Buy Co. reported that online sales more than tripled in the fiscal second quarter, as shoppers bought computers, tablets and large appliances to help them cook, work and learn from home during the pandemic

Source: abcnews.go.com

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Faculty member pens book to help researchers work ‘Online, Offline, and In Between’


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