Methodological and Theoretical approaches to Ed Tech Research and Usage
9 Nov 2018
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This planned mid-year Joint BERA Educational Technology SIG/BJET Wiley networking event aims to provide a reflective space to continue and deepen methodological and theoretical discussions on the field of educational technology research and usage.
Initial debates on the consideration of differing methods, critical and alternative theoretical approaches have previously been organised at BERA SIG meetings and seminars held during BERA 2012-17 conferences as well as in Wiley BJET-BERA SIG joint events (see, e.g., BERA 2012: Redefining the Field of Educational Technology; BERA 2016: ‘Critically Rethinking the Field of EdTech’ SIG Innovation Session and the 2016 BERA-BJET-OU Seminar on Critical and Theoretical Approaches to Ed Tech Research).
Invited keynote speakers will provide informed perspectives on the field, considering, e.g. the extent to which theoretical perspectives have or have not influenced research outputs. Hosted by the Open University and convened in a collaborative way by the OU, BJET and SIG teams, the seminar will provide an informed, open and spontaneous opportunity for debate, enabling extensive participation from the audience, and allowing newer researchers to join in.
Amongst the considerations discussed will be developing methods for analysing Ed Tech-mediated dialogue from the Cambridge Educational Dialogue Research Group (CEDiR). These include coding using categories adapted for Ed Tech use, corpus linguistics, and qualitative analyses, underpinned by theory, including those concerning mediating artefacts. Representatives from the BJET Editorial team will consider interpretation and accountability from data/ analysis/ automation, etc. points of view applied in education. Representatives from the Open University will contribute insights about learning analytics as a methodology for understanding Educational Technology.
Publications following the event will be encouraged by the BJET Editorial Team and BERA EdTech SIG Convenors. The seminar will therefore extend the discussions held in prior events which have debated various challenges, influencing the field of educational technology research.
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Methodology: general discussion on methodological issues arising during the seminar and recommendations for Ed Tech research and practice Group leaders:
Niall Winters and Christothea Herodotou
Theoretical issues: general discussion on theoretical issues arising during the seminar and recommendations for Ed Tech research and practice Group leaders:
Jill Jameson and Patricia Davies
Next steps Jill Jameson, University of Greenwich and
Patricia Davies, University of Wolverhampton
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