It’s not a methodology … or is it

“While auto-ethnography is not a specific research technique, method, or theory, it colors all three as they are employed in fieldwork” (Hayano, 1979, p. 99) “ANT [Actor-Network Theory] cannot accurately be described as a single, stable or identifiable theoretical framework” (Fenwick & Edwards, 2010) “Educational design research can be defined as a genre of research Read More …

Being an exploratory, participatory, pragmatic researcher

In talking with my amazing friend Maha Bali (@bali_maha), I realized the connection between my skills as an instructional designer/technical writer and my desire to be a participatory researcher. I’ve always been challenged doing technical writing or instructional design projects where I cannot be the subject matter expert. It was one of the biggest frustrations Read More …

What get’s to count … #rhizo15 and #et4online reflection

This week’s topic for #rhizo15 is “Learning is not a counting noun… so what should we count?” I was reflecting on this as I sat on the plane on my way home from the #et4online conference. Once I landed, and was reading Maha’s blog post while waiting for my ride, I discovered the she too had Read More …

Design-based research chain of inquiry

The "Design-based reserach chain of inquiry" is a section in a paper that will be published in the AACE eLearning conference proceedings. For the full paper, please see: Hogue, R.J. (2013). Epistemological Foundations of Educational Design Research. AACE eLearn 2013 – World Conference on e-Learning. Las Vegas, NV, USA. =============================== It seems that the theme this Read More …

Design-Based Research – What does “better” mean?

Design-based research (DBR) is ” a systematic but flexible methodology aimed to improve educational practices” (Wang & Hannafin, 2005, p.6). That is, DBR is all about creating “better” learning designs, but that begs the question – what is meant by “better”? Reigeluth & Frick tell us that what we consider better is based upon our Read More …

Design-based research – it’s finally making sense!

I’ve been doing a lot of reading about Design-based research as part of my preparation for comprehensive exams. My current plan for my thesis project involves the use of design-based research methodology to improve upon resources to support the adoption of iPad technology by higher education instructors. Until today, I didn’t complete grasp why I Read More …