Just as good is no longer acceptable: The promise of educational design research

  • Susan McKenney - Jensh (Speaker)
  • Thomas Reeves (Speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesTalk or presentation (not at a conference)Academic


    Webinar (Online International Broadcast)
    The capacity of educational technology to enhance teaching and learning in higher education would seem to be more promising than ever with the cavalcade of new technologies that have been introduced into the sector in recent years such as tablet computers, digital textbooks, and serious games. And yet, traditional approaches to educational research and evaluation continue to show “no significant differences.” Doubts about the benefits of educational technology stem from decades of research agendas focused on establishing certainty in learning contexts where probabilistic knowledge is the best that can be expected. Real progress in improving learning through technology may be accomplished using educational design research (EDR) as an alternative inquiry approach. EDR involves intensive, long-term collaboration among researchers and practitioners to develop viable solutions to practical problems while also seeking to identify reusable design principles.
    Period2 Apr 2012
    Held atEDUCAUSE Learning Initiative