Online Learning Efficacy Research Database

Concurrent Session 2

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

Among faculty there is still skepticism about the effectiveness of online learning. The Ecampus Research Unit at Oregon State University has created a searchable database that will help users to find discipline-specific research comparing online, hybrid/blended, and face-to-face modalities. Participants will be able to test the database and provide feedback. 

Presenters

Mary Ellen Dello Stritto is the Director of Research for Oregon State University Ecampus, where she designs and conducts research studies on online teaching and learning, provides support for faculty research on online education, and produces tools to promote research literacy. Her background is in psychology with a specialization in quantitative methodologies, survey design, and statistical analysis.

Extended Abstract

Higher education faculty, administrators and others have expressed skepticism about the effectiveness of online learning. Further, many have asked about the research evidence for the effectiveness of learning on-line within a specific discipline. The Ecampus Research Unit at Oregon State University created the Online Learning Efficacy Research Database in order to help higher education professionals more efficiently answer these questions. This searchable database allows users to find discipline specific research comparing online, hybrid/blended, and face-to-face modalities. Users can search by year, author, journal name, sample size, discipline, and other variables. This presentation will provide a brief background, overview and demonstration of the database. Participants will get the chance to try out the database by performing a search and filtering and sorting the results. Participants will be encouraged to provide feedback for future development of the database.

This new database improves upon other older searchable databases (e.g. see nosignificantdifference.org) by adding the capability to search by discipline and by being up-to-date with the most recent research studies. This new database is a valuable tool to help engage those in higher education who are skeptical about the effectiveness of online teaching and learning. More importantly this database is a valuable resource for those who are interested in or are currently engaging in research on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The database will provide users with an efficient way to find gaps in discipline specific literature and pursue research to fill those gaps.

Participants will learn: 1) about the background and the structure of the new database, 2) how to search the database for research in their chosen discipline, 3) how to sort and filter the results of their search, and 4) how to provide feedback directly in the database.

Participants will be provided a handout that contains brief information about the Online Learning Efficacy Research Database including how to access the database at http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/research/.