My learning about online learning continued today with three panel members sharing their thoughts about research regarding online learning on the EduMooc. The panelists answered the following questions:
- What are the most important findings to date coming out of online learning research? (What do we know?)
- What methodologies have been most commonly used in online learning research and what promising methodologies are emerging? (How do we know it?)
- What are the most pressing questions that still remain unanswered? Where is online learning research headed in the near term? (What do we still need to know?)
Panelist were Dr. Karen Swan from the University of Illinois, Dr. Phil Ice from the American Public University System and Dr. Ben Arbaugh from the University of of Wisconsin. Someone captured the conversation via EtherPad, which I had not seen before. Most of the back channel conversation was via Twitter which you can see with the hash tag #edumooc2. The general comments by the panelists indicated that online research was occurring in a variety of ways in post secondary institutions. One speaker spoke about the Dept of Ed Metanalysis that was completed in 2009 (Means et al) . The panelists have done considerable research about the social presence and retention of students in online learning courses. It was a good presentation of the questions listed above. Online research, especially at the K-12 level can be found here and is from my dissertation in 2010.
In addition, I learned about the Higher Ed website/social media sharing of research website which is Academia.Edu. Excellent site for learning about research in many areas of education.
I also enjoyed interacting with others who are in the EduMooc, including Benjamin West who wrote about his impressions of the panel as well. Again, anyone can join at any time.
Attending the presentations live does give me a sense of membership with others involved. In addition, a group of us from the EduMooc have joined up on Google-Plus. The learning continues including the content, the technology being used, and the other communication links that have been created by the participants. I guess that is what a “MOOC” is all about, right?