Amid all the noise of the start of fall semester, Eszter Hargittai and I are launching a new experiment: a course taught jointly (and separately) at Northwestern University and at Harvard University on research methods in Internet & Society. We’ll post as much of the material as makes sense to a publicly-accessible wiki. Students can register for credit at either school. In the Harvard version, we’ll do 6 of the 10 sessions joined by video-conference. The other 4 sessions at Harvard will be just with HU students. In part, we will work in these extra sessions toward planning a General Education course to be offered for undergraduates on Internet & Society in 2010-11 by Berkman Center faculty from around the university. If you’re a Harvard or Northwestern graduate student, we’d especially love to hear from you. The course starts later this month. I’m sure I’ll be learning a lot myself from social scientists, computer scientists and others who are blazing new trails with methods for studying life and other phenomena on the Net.