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Stuck Working: The Challenges of Working from Home for the First Time

With the country de facto lockdown and acting on governmental advice a significant number of people are now working from home as the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic grips Ireland and other regions across the world. Many of these are first-time eWorkers and are only now beginning to grapple with some of the challenges and …

Digital Citizenship

Facial Recognition Technology: The Opportunities & Dangers

Introduction Sharing space with the rest of humanity isn’t always sunshine and roses. You could be forgiven for having it crossed your mind that a more ordered society, where people were held to account for their inconsiderate actions, would be a good thing. Like most in society, I wouldn’t be willing to engage in a …

Digital Citizenship

Generation Z; Redefining Social Media Activism

Introduction Amid the current trend of constrictive age labelling – ‘snowflakes’ and ‘OK, boomer’ to name a few – ‘digital natives’ is a more optimistic and malleable label. It defines the powerful pull Generation Z and beyond has to politically influence and organise. Social media was lauded as a revolutionary addition to democracy that would …

Digital Citizenship

Is social media a factor in increasing depression, anxiety and loneliness?

The progress of society has been linked to technology and the changing ways in which technology is increasingly dominating many areas of society. We can see the use of iPads in classrooms to cater for different learning styles, use of machinery in workplaces to increase accuracy and efficiency, but most importantly the increasing use of …

SSRC Members, SSRC Research

A Study of St Nicholas Street Market in Galway

The trend towards urbanisation continues at an increasing pace and town and city dwellers now make up the majority of the global population for the first time in human history. The early decades of the 21st century have been characterised by increasing economic, social, and political challenges that municipalities have to manage according to the …

Digital Citizenship

The Digital World’s Environmental Impact

Introduction The production, consumption and disposal of the digital world has considerable environmental impacts. Hodgson (2015) states that global data centres are producing the same amount of emissions as aviation. E-waste and the ways in which to manage it are contestable. In 1998 electrical and electronic waste was estimated to be 6 million tonnes and …

Digital Citizenship

The Digital Divide

Introduction Conceptualising the diverse topic that exists in today’s world, this blog post will approach the digital divide with an outlook of hope that the widening gap will one day close. Starting with a brief understanding of how exactly the digital divide came about, explanations will then be brought forward to help further explore this …

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How can Learning Technologies Support Teaching of Social Research Methods?

Introduction While social research methods are arguably a core feature of social science degrees universally, It appears to be a common trend that such modules are generally unpopular and have a bad reputation among students in the social sciences (Bos and Schneider, 2009; Peffefer and Rogalin, 2012; Ryan et al, 2014; Lewthwaite & Nind, 2016).  …