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.
"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
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?