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Conducting Research in Online and Blended Learning Environments

New Pedagogical Frontiers

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About the Book

Conducting Research in Online and Blended Learning Environments examines various perspectives, issues, and methods for conducting research in online and blended learning environments. The book provides in-depth examinations of the perspectives and issues that anyone considering research in online or blended learning will find insightful as they plan their own inquiries. Grounded in educational research theory, this is invaluable to both the serious researcher as well as the occasional evaluator.

Conducting Research in Online and Blended Learning Environments provides comprehensive, useful information on research paradigms, methodologies, and methods that should be considered in designing and conducting studies in this area. Examples of the most respected research in the field enhance each chapter’s presentation.

Reviews

"Helps us see how to combine old and new research methodologies to ensure our methods are keeping pace with an increasingly complex higher education environment where the future rests on how well students engage and learn."

Diana Oblinger, President Emeritus, EDUCAUSE

"Explores how the perennial issues of research in higher education are applied to the emerging and rapidly changing world of online and blended learning, … providing critical insights and thoughtful guidance for the higher education research community."

George L. Mehaffy, Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)

"As the authors say, ‘good research is just plain hard,’ but this book makes it a little easier to answer the questions: ‘What is working, what is not working, and what will make it better?’."

Irvin R. Katz, Director, Cognitive Sciences Research Group, Educational Testing Service

"What do we know about learning?’ This book asks that big question, across every educational modality, and it never shrinks from the subtlety, nuance, rigor, and imagination required of all who ask it."

Gardner Campbell, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Learning Innovation and Student Success, Virginia Commonwealth University

"An informative guide to the future of educational research in online learning."

Phillip D. Long, Ph.D., Associate Vice Provost for Learning Sciences, and Deputy Director, Center for Teaching and Learning/Continuing and Innovative Education, The University of Texas at Austin

"I was amazed by the range of research methods covered in this book as well as the breadth of the theoretical underpinnings for blended and fully online learning."

Curtis J. Bonk, Professor, Instructional Systems Technology Department, Indiana University Bloomington

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

About the Authors

Chapter 1: Research in Online and Blended Learning: New Challenges, New Opportunities

Chapter 2: Paradigms, Methodologies, Methods, and the Role of Theory in Online and Blended Learning Research

Chapter 3: Reviewing the Literature When There is so Much of It

Chapter 4: How Meta-Analysis Can Inform Online and Blended Learning Research

Chapter 5: Models of Survey Research

Chapter 6: Principles for Data Analysis in Online and Blended Learning Research

Chapter 7: Qualitative Research in Online and Blended Learning

Chapter 8: Case Studies: An Authentic Research Method

Chapter 9: Incorporating the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) into Instruction

Chapter 10:Longitudinal Evaluation in Online and Blended Learning

Chapter 11: Big Data in Online and Blended Learning Research

Chapter 12: Assessing Outcomes in Online and Blended Learning Research

Chapter 13: What the Future Might Hold for Online and Blended Learning Research?

Index

About the Authors

Charles D. Dziuban is Director of the Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness, Center for Distributed Learning, at the University of Central Florida, USA.

Anthony G. Picciano is Professor and Executive Officer of the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, USA.

Charles R. Graham is Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University, USA. He currently serves as Department Chair.

Patsy D. Moskal is the Associate Director for the Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness, Center for Distributed Learning, at the University of Central Florida, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU037000
EDUCATION / Research
EDU039000
EDUCATION / Computers & Technology
EDU041000
EDUCATION / Distance Education & Learning