Writing helps us to go deep inside, to re-discover ourselves, and to process our experience. Sometimes writing is so intimidating though. So here we go: a marathon to push ourselves to just write… don’t think about it, just observe what comes out of it!
Do you like treasure hunts?
Actionbound is a mobile application that combines the adventure of a treasure hunt with technology. This technique explains how to use Actionbound as a research tool to make research activities and learning experiences super fun. The bonus feature is that during the treasure hunt you can easily collect and systematize data.
Try to paint an image you can’t see! Can we understand others without ‘seeing’ their experience? This is an experiential learning exercise that helps participants become aware of our biased and limited awareness as researchers.
Doodles are simple drawings that represent our inner worlds. They express our daydreams, our ideas and all the random thoughts that cross our minds. Have you ever thought of doodling your data? This is a simple technique to help us reflect about and document our experiences in the field in a unique way.
By simulating a notebook production company, this team-building game helps groups of co-researchers become aware of their team’s dynamics. This is a great exercise to reflect on the challenges of working together under time pressure.
Too often students do not get to influence their education. And trust us – they have lots to say. Inviting them to create digital stories about their experiences in school is a great way to break the ice.
Taking field notes is the bread and butter of good research. This is a field note technique to reflect on the different masks we wear in our interactions. You’ll write letters to friends, family and colleagues as a way to reflect over the research experience through different voices.
This exercise is one of Recrear’s home-grown carrots. It grew organically in search for ways to find out what matters the most to people. We kick off the research process and team building by asking participants to make a list of ‘10 things that make you happy.’ We also learn about what makes people giggle and smile.
In a nutshell? Pretend a tornado ripped through the room – participants find the room soooo messy.