Dr James Robson completed his DPhil in Oxford University’s Department of Education, where he undertook a digital ethnography investigating Religious Education teachers’ engagement in online social space. Using the concept of professional identity as an analytical framework, the thesis highlights the ways in which economic, discursive and design structures embedded in online social spaces shaped online engagement and the ways in which users understood themselves as professionals.
James is interested in online methods, embedded power relations and structures in technology, particularly social media and online social spaces. He currently teaches the Foundations of Educational Research class and the Engagements in Research in Educational Technology on the Learning and Technology MSc Education and coordinates the Learning and New Technologies Research Group. He is also the Knowledge and Online Manager at Culham St Gabriel’s Trust where he manages the trust’s research agenda and suite of technology related educational resources. He sits on the DfE funded Expert Advisory Group for RE and the RE Teacher Recruitment Strategy Steering Group as a social media expert.
Moulin, D. and Robson, J. (2012) ‘Doing God in a liberal democracy’, The Oxford Review of Education, September 37-41
Robson, James. 2015, Teacher Abuse on Social Media: Moral Panic vs Common Sense, The Learning and New Technologies Research Group Blog, http://lntrg.education.ox.ac.uk/teacher-abuse-on-social-media-moral-panic-vs-common-sense/
Robson, James. 2014, Breaking Boundaries – Broadening Access, The Learning and New Technologies Research Group Blog, viewed 10 April 2014, http://oxedtech.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/breaking-boundaries-broadening-access/
Robson, James. 2012, Fear and the Internet, The Learning and New Technologies Research Group Blog, viewed 10 April 2014, http://oxedtech.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/fear-and-the-internet/
Robson, James. 2012, Digital Ethnography: Bridging the Online and Offline Gap, Ethnography Matters, http://ethnographymatters.net/blog/2012/11/28/digital-ethnography-bridging-the-online-and-offline-gap/
Robson, James. 2012, What’s wrong with being alone?, The Learning and New Technologies Research Group Blog, viewed 10 April 2014, http://oxedtech.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/whats-wrong-with-being-alone/
Robson, James. 2012, Has the Ed Tech Bubble already burst?, The Learning and New Technologies Research Group Blog, viewed 10 April 2014, http://oxedtech.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/has-the-ed-tech-bubble-already-burst/
Robson, James. 2011, Sympathetic Hedonism: a new angle for ethical Internet research?, The Learning and New Technologies Research Group Blog, viewed 10 April 2014, http://oxedtech.wordpress.com/2011/07/21/sympathetic-hedonism-a-new-angle-for-ethical-internet-research/
Robson, James. 2011, E-Portfolios: Modern Day Hagiographies, The Learning and New Technologies Research Group Blog, viewed 10 April 2014, http://oxedtech.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/e-portfolios-modern-day-hagiographies/
This project presents a digital ethnography investigating the meanings, related to their professional lives, that Religious Education teachers derive from their engagement in online.