LDT 597: Week 2

Week two came and went and we are already over 100 pages into the book. This week, we wrapped up our preliminary considerations for our research, covering “Chapter 3: The Use of Theory” and “Chapter 4: Writing Strategies and Ethical Considerations.” The author starts out by saying that theories are what situates your research. So,…

LDT 597: Research Traditions in LDT: Foundations for Educational Research

This semester, I am taking LDT 597. LDT 597 is designed to familiarize students with the set of research perspectives used in Learning, Design, and Technology research. It will cover design research, experimental perspectives, qualitative studies, user design studies, and mixed methods approaches. The course is a review of educational research traditions and foundations that are used…

The ELMSLNephant in the Room

Just over a year ago, Eric Barron was named the 18th president of Penn State, and on May 12, he assumed that role. One of the first things he addressed were the six areas in which every great university should excel, which included: Excellence Student engagement Demographics and diversity Student career success and economic development…

What Online Students Want

I attended a meeting today that presented survey findings for my institution’s online students. The students revealed to researchers that they were happy with the online education experience in that it fulfilled their goals and dreams while being challenging and fun. (Things I look for when taking classes online…) However, they say the experience in general leaves them feeling…

Going Up or Going Down

About four months ago, I walked into my boss’s office and gave her an impassioned plea about where our office stood and where it needed to go. It must have been effective as she told me to just go and do what I needed to do. So here I stand today with an office composed of…