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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.

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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: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 EURODL
ISSN: 1027-5207
Extra Information: Special Issue: Best of EDEN RW8
Keywords: epistemological models; learning technology; research design; student learning; university teaching; validity
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 44624
Depositing User: Linda Price
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2015 09:46
Last Modified: 09 May 2019 05:17
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/44624
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