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What methodologies do people use in e-learning/TEL research?

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Gráinne Conole
9 January 2010

Give the interdisciplinary nature of e-learning/TEL research indivudual researchers bring with them a range of methodologies or approaches. Which do you use and why? Which do you think are the most prominent in e-learning/TEL research?

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Gráinne Conole
1:32pm 16 January 2010


From Diana Brewster

re. methodologies  - I'm becoming particularly enamoured ATM with Content Analysis (Krippendorff) it fits in well with my overall Systems perspective and seems to me to be a useful tool in evaluating TEL as it focuses on communication acts and meaning - which seems to me to be central to any TEL 'pedagogy'.  I'm also interested in the work done on Andragogy - the transformative nature of adult learning and wonder whether some of us shouldn't be moving away from pedagogical theories of TEL based on the developmental psychology of children when we want to apply them to adult learners ...

Gráinne Conole
1:37pm 16 January 2010


From Steven Verjans

The methodologies I use span a wide range of disciplines, and combine quantitative and qualitative research techniques, taking multiple perspectives at different levels of analysis (micro, meso, macro).

Gráinne Conole
2:18pm 22 January 2010


Thanks for adding the link Juliette to the parallel debate in the Networklearning hotseat forum. I am to synthesise the discussions in due course.

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