This is the study companion for TIA 130, a 15 higher education credit-mandatory course in the International Master’s Programme in Information Technology (IT) and Learning, offered by the Department of Applied Information Technology in collaboration with the Department of Education, Communication and Learning, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

In 2018, the course is run in collaboration with the course VTM602/Scientific Methods in Informatics at University West.

The purpose of this course is to help the students develop research skills in the field of educational technology research. On completion of the course, the students should be able to:

  1. become critical readers and users of academic research
  2. understand how, why, and when to use research methods
  3. apply research findings to make decisions about the design of educational environments that enable learning
  4. follow a clear method throughout the research process—investigating and collecting data, analyzing and interpreting them.

This know-how can be of great use in many professional settings, beyond academic research, including profit and non profit organizations,  consultancy, and more generally any position requiring a better understanding of phenomena related to educational technology and integration of research evidence into the decision-making.

More about the design and development of this course is here

What this course is not

This course is not an attempt to prepare the students fully to use any research method. If a student decides to do research using a particular method such as ethnography, for example, s/he will need to delve into the large body of literature on ethnography and practice a lot! The goal of this course is more modest when it comes to methodology. It is to make students aware of several established and several emerging methods in the field of educational technology,  how they work, and what sorts of issues are involved in their use. Furthermore, the goal is to deal with some methods that are particularly appropriate for researchers who want to base their work on an interpretivist world view.

Here is the formal course plan.

Here is the link to other basic information on the course (e.g., readings and schedule) run in 2018.

The course leaders are Marisa Ponti and Maria Spante. The course follows a rotational model, therefore it is a collective endeavor, bringing together the contributions of several researchers and lecturers who have developed a great expertise in their respective methods.

In 2018, the following colleagues are contributing to the course: Tobias Arvemo, Wolmet Barendregt, Tomas Lindroth, Marisa Ponti, Maria Spante, Alexandra Weilenmann.

This blog is curated by Marisa Ponti.


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