One day, back in 2009, we received an email from Muriah Umoquit and Peggy Tso as a response to our article on using diagrams as a research method published in 2009 in the International Journal of Research Method in Education(IJRME). The article discussed a potential problem when using such methodology. It seemed that Muriah, Peggy and we were grappling with the same problem. “Wow, someone actually read our paper!”, was our reaction.
After some introductory Skype calls, we hatched further plans to collaborate, refined our joint understandings about this methodology, and set out to publish further papers. One is just about to appear in a special issue of IJRME on Critical issues on Visual Methodologies and is entitled “Cultural-historical activity theory and ‘the visual’ in research: exploring the ontological consequences of the use of visual methods.” The other paper, due to editorial changes, has been delayed but we are equally excited about it, entitled “Diagrammatic elicitation: defining the use of diagrams in data collection”, which allowed us to work together on terminology hoping to promote an inter-disciplinary understanding of using diagramming in research. Muriah.
Mark and I met up in Liverpool on 28th August 2012, just a week after, another joint (virtual co-) presentation at the 6th International Conference on Multimodality at which Tunde and Muriah presented on the use of digital pens for interview elicitation. We hatched further plans to collaborate. Why am I telling you this? Perhaps when you next read an article which resonates with your thinking or research, you can consider contacting the authors to start a discussion and perhaps a collaboration? You never know where it may take you; and who knows one day, someone will contact you who has read and appreciates your research!