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Methodology and thanks / Digizen Advisory Board 2007

The quality of work has been dependent on the engagement and insight of the advisory team, to whom recognition and huge thanks are due.

The project methodology drew heavily on the SOLSTICE model*, in particular the concept of new academic teams. The approach focuses on intelligence-informed dialogue across multi-professional expert teams, in order to influence change.

The advisory team, a multi-disciplinary group of internationally respected experts, provided valuable input into the research and writing of this report. This input was provided online through a project wiki. The research was iterative, with advisory board members commenting on and reviewing the research findings, which were drawn from a range of sources. The work of educational technologists and educators, who described their experiences, concerns and successes in their blogs, was particularly useful. The emerging and fast changing field of this research is not yet well represented in more traditional forms of scholarship.

The project advisory team were:

Alice Robison Postdoctoral fellow, Comparative Media Studies programme, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, and academic advisor, New Media Literacies project (USA)
Charles Leadbeater   Leading authority on innovation and creativity (UK)
Alessandro Acquisti   Carnegie Mellon University (US)
Jo Bryce Director of Research, Cyberspace Research Unit, UCLAN (UK)
Brian Kelly UK Web Focus at UKOLN, a centre of expertise in digital information management,
based at the University of Bath (UK)
Fiona Lennox Policy executive, Media Literacy, Ofcom (UK)
Mel Philipson Northern Grid for Learning (UK)
Lyndsay Grant Learning researcher, Futurelab (UK)
James Farmer Founder of edublogs, online community expert, developer and consultant (Australia)
Anne Collier President and editor of NetFamilyNews, and co-director of ConnectSafely (USA)

Extensive consultation about, and practical exploration of, the social networking services cited in the social networking services evaluationtoolkit was also carried out to ensure that the information in the comparison chart was accurate at the time of publishing. In this respect, Childnet would also like to thank Bebo, Facebook, Google, Ning, TakingITGlobal and Yahoo! for their valuable input and comments on the evaluation chart.  

In addition, the author would particularly like to thank Stephen Carrick-Davis and Will Gardner of Childnet International for their vision and support in delivering the work.

* Roberts, S., Schofield, M. & Wilson R. (2005) New academic teams. In Levy, P. & Roberts, S. (eds) (2005) Developing the New Learning Environment: the changing role of the academic librarian. London: Facet Publishing. 111–132.