Thank you so very much for your throughtful and reflective feedback. I think in having this discussion publicly about some research I need to engage in, I am learning a lot about the process while others are learning something as well. The method, the intentions, the traditions–I am more and more convinced that technology changes the way we work and think and operate, and in the process places increased demands on research methods and strategies that were developed long before the information technology effects could be measured, or even initially explored. I agree that this is something that needs to be further fleshed out in my proposal, and as I just received initial approval from my tutor to engage in this research, I want to get it cleaned up a bit by the weekend so I can begin it.
I will post the final design that I plan to work with here, of course!