Achieving improved quality and validity: reframing research and evaluation of learning technologies.

Kirkwood, Adrian and Price, Linda (2015) Achieving improved quality and validity: reframing research and evaluation of learning technologies. European Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, pp. 102-115. ISSN (print) 1027-5207

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Abstract

A critical reading of research literature relating to teaching and learning with technology for open, distance and blended education reveals a number of shortcomings in how investigations are conceptualised, conducted and reported. Projects often lack clarity about the nature of the enhancement that technology is intended to bring about. Frequently there is no explicit discussion of assumptions and beliefs that underpin research studies and the approaches used to investigate the educational impact of technologies. This presentation summarises a number of the weaknesses identified in published studies and considers the implications. Some ways in which these limitations could be avoided through a more rigorous approach to undertaking research and evaluation studies are then outlined and discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special Issue: Best of EDEN RW8
Uncontrolled Keywords: epistemological models; learning technology; research design; student learning; university teaching; validity
Research Area: Education
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Interdepartmental and Cross-Faculty Research Groups and Centres > Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice (CHERP)
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Depositing User: Simon Collins
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2015 11:59
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2015 10:14
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/33216

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