My experience in this course (Research for Professional Writers) thus far has been both an interesting and very difficult process. From the very beginning of the semester when Professor Bell announced that her course would mainly consist of a large research project which would span the entire semester and would result in us producing our very own podcasts I was very excited to get started. I had always wanted to experience doing actual research when I got to university instead of simply writing a 5-page research paper for a class. I hadn’t actually known that there could be a purely research-based course in undergraduate education. When Professor Bell told us we could do research in any area, except that it must somehow involve ICT I immediately knew what my general topic would be – Telemedicine. Thus, this was the easiest part in the whole process for me was coming up with a topic. Now, I had to narrow it down quite a bit to focus only on a small segment of my topic to be able answer the research question by December. This was a bit harder; however, to give me some ideas to where I could go with my topic I consulted the Writing Centre, my tutorial leader, and the internet. Finally, I settled down on one suggestion that really captured my interest after weighing each of my resources’ suggestions.
Now, I had a narrow enough topic to research for the semester. Sounds simple! No, it wasn’t whatsoever. Besides this class I was juggling five other classes, so I had to write essays, short book reviews, participate in online discussion forums every week and other things that needed my attention, plus do extensive research on my topic. I found myself pulling all-nighters on multiple occasions just to stay afloat on my coursework + research. What I’ve learned from this experience then is never take a 6-class load in one semester when one of your classes requires full-time research. Despite the difficulties I had with finding the time to focus on my research I really enjoyed this class and as I went deeper into my research area I found more than I ever knew before. I found out what scholars were doing in my topic, a small fraction of what the general public thought about the usefulness of telemedicine (based on 15 responses I got by the use of survey questions), and why there is not much progress in implementing this technology everywhere across the globe.