Unpacking the community scoping phase

— From Zoë Prosser and Santini Basra

The first phase of the NFT project, ‘Community Scoping’, has generated a large amount of content: the vox pop interviews are summarised in a series of thematic videos, while earlier blog posts capture outcomes from several workshops, think tanks and focus groups with staff and student around the campus.

Working closely with the core Near Future Teaching Team (Sian, Jennifer, and Michael), we extracted information from these vox pops and workshops, with a focus on understanding the viewpoints and values of those who were engaged. This would serve as useful source material in the later stages of the project, and help us develop possible futures for digital education at the University of Edinburgh.

Fig. 1. Affinity mapping some of the key quotes.

Combing through these videos and blog posts, we pulled out key quotes and statements and affinity mapped them into clusters of quotes with similar sentiment. To formalise these, we converted each cluster into an opinion card (fig.2.); each card captured the essence of an opinion that was commonly held by those who engaged in the earlier phase of the project.