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Scholarship and Research
ECTC 803 Data Analysis and Report Writing
The opportunity to design a museum exhibit followed our trip to Liberty Science Center. Coming up an idea was more challenging than I expected
First person interviews from LifeHacker's "How I Work" series was the basis for this introduction to
using primary data. The exercise also incorporated finding themes which built on the button "coding"
excercise we did in Summer I.
Writing a statistical report memo to make a recommendation was useful. Writing succinctly, creating an appendix and an APA formatted table were skills that we used to create this memo.
This memo gave us a chance to represent information in a visual format as well as including a
short description of that data.
ECTC 806 Research Methods in Educational Technology Leadership
This was our first assignment after a LOT of material. In hindsight, all of these assignments will be very helpful when writing our dissertation. It was also another opportunity to begin to focus on what may (or may not) be our topic for our dissertation.
My quantitative research paper had the same (general) topic as my qualitative paper. This was helpful
because we were able to add additional resources instead of creating a whole new list. Looking at the
same topic from a different perspective added a new perspective.
Writing a mixed methods research paper that combined qualitative and quantitative techniques was
another opportunity to write another three chapters. While the thought of writing three chapters was
initially daunting, by the third time it began to feel more familiar.
ECTC 809 Assessment and Evaluation
The first project of the term was to make a field observation and take notes ("jottings") in a public place. Using the "jottings" we then transcribed those notes and then analyzed them giving us a chance to practice coding techniques.
The next project of the term involved choosing one of five broad Edtech topics given by Dr. Carnahan. I chose to write about the topic of gamification. The project was designed to focus on "designing the methods and assessments involved in creating a qualitative research study."
This short project got us to prepare for project #4. We had to choose a problem, questions, sample, as well as create a survey using Qualtrics and complete an IRB practice form.
The final project of the term incorporated the components of project #3 (the project proposal, instrument creation, and IRB), as well as a literature review, theoretical framework, sampling, and methodology. This project built upon previous projects in this course as well as the previous research class.
ECTC 810 Statistics for Educational Research
The first assignment was a statistical analysis of different types of educational writing in popular media. Additionally, we evaluated what might be useful and made suggestions for change as if we were the researcher.
Creating a statistical resource website was a group project with Aminata Adewumi, Terri Evans, and Adnan Ezad. We divided up statistical concepts and included a written definition, data, video and write up of the concept.
This assignment was a peer review of one of the websites from assignment #2. Using the rubric, a comprehensive evaluation was written about the website.
We collected our own data and, using a variety of data analysis tools, analyzed relationships between the variables. This assignment gave us a look into how we might work with data for our dissertaion.
ECTC 811 Summer Institute III
ECTC 901 Dissertation I
ECTC 902 Dissertation II
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