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Qualitative Research Methods

Reflecting on our recent presentations on media in learning technologies, over the last 80 years

What did you learn about the research methods and findings from this period? What do people in our field view as most important from that period? Do you see parallels today? Our group studied research methods and findings through the 1970s; instead of parallels we have more “sequels” – for instance, instead of educational television and radio, our field looks more at digital media. Instead of Cold war fears spurring educational funding and soul-searching, the…

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Multimedia Systems

Reflection on video games and existing understanding of historical use of educational media

My experience with video games has, from the beginning, been two-fold: with certain game experiences being earmarked for fun and enjoyment, and others more explicitly connected to the expectation of learning. As I have been working with my group colleagues and delving into the history of multimedia and instructional media, it has been impossible not to reconsider the technological breakthroughs and attitudes I lived through in the last decade of 1940-1990. In 1983, when my…

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Reflection on best, worst multimedia experiences and … the microlecture!

In reflecting on the best and worst multimedia learning experiences we’ve had…  OK, first off, bar none, the worst multimedia I have ever seen is ophthalmology surgery videos produced for residents and doctors. You can’t unsee that stuff! Blah! I worked for about two years on a pilot project with ophthalmologists, and they just forget sometimes that the average person does not do eyeball surgeries all day. However, I was a constant font of amusement…

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Veteran is looking for feedback for development of “transition video game”.

My friend Bill Sizemore, an Army veteran (just like the soldiers who are pictured above, in a Fort Stewart transition class), is in the same doctoral program for learning technologies. Bill is trying to design a video game to help active duty personnel go through the transition process. As a veteran spouse, I’m doing my part to help share this, and hopefully reach a variety of people and backgrounds, including those who served in the…

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Qualitative Research Methods

Reflecting on my final project / self-evaluation

I had some difficulty paring down the many, many resources I have been looking at, which is why I decided to design a checklist for my literature – so I could manage but not print out, the over 300 pieces of literature I discovered – very little of it “on the nose” of what I wanted to discover, which was the experience of military spouses in online education and professionalization. I am overall, pretty happy…

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Qualitative Research Methods

Reflecting on what I’ve learned in Qualitative Research Methods

When I worked on my master’s degree, it seemed like qualitative research was a better fit for me, but as I’ve gone through this class, I feel like I only scratched the service of what I need to understand. I found myself returning back to the textbook a lot, but even rereading sections for reference, I did not feel particularly secure in my knowledge. For instance, I can understand what grounded theory is supposed to…

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Advanced Instructional Design DSDM

User Centered Design and DSDM

How is User Centered Design similar to and/or different from the theory you presented in this class? Does it relate? DSDM works very well with the idea of user centered design. There is more material on the web about Agile and user-centered design (UCD), but I believe that DSDM ‘walks the walk’ more than some other development methods that are affiliated with Agile. The point of UCD is iteratively designing for, and using feedback from,…

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Advanced Instructional Design Agile DSDM research design

Present feelings on Research Design

How do you feel about your research design? Does it all align to the learning theory that guided the instructional design? What could be improved? I am pretty happy with my research design now, speaking about my research plan. I feel personally comfortable with the mix of constructivist, community of practice and tacit theories mixed with the more business-based structure of DSDM (and the HPT model), because it speaks to who I am as a…

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Qualitative Research Methods

Coding practice

How was the coding practice you did this week? How did it compare to what you were expecting? What are the challenges you see arising in terms of the validity of the outcomes? What was it like to work with a peer and how did you settle arguments? I’m a little behind with everything right now in my life – feeling off the beat, generally. I started the coding practice later than I should, but…

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