Introduction to Research Methods for the Instructional Designer Community

Delivery Mode : Asynchronous Workshop
Levels : Beginner
Eligible for Online Teaching Certificate elective : No

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Research is an integral part of all aspects of education. Participants include researchers, faculty, administrators, and in the case of online learning, instructional designers. This course provides instructional design community members with an introduction to quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodology along with a clear understanding of ethics in research. Instruction and activities include an overview of the purpose of research, specific research designs, research questions and hypotheses, data collection and analysis, and human subject ethics in research. Upon completion of this course, members of the instructional design community will be able to identify various research designs, apply sound methodology to research problems, and collaborate in research environments with knowledge of research from the unique perspective and expertise of the instructional designer.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the three research methodologies (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods) with an understanding of the essential characteristics of each
  • Identify the purpose of research
  • Identify the audience for research studies
  • Distinguish between types of research design to investigate research questions in the online arena
  • Develop an overall competence in reading, interpreting, and critiquing research in literature
  • Assess federal regulations regarding human subjects research
  • Analyze research with a focus on ethics
  • Apply research methodology to practice from the perspective of the instructional designer


At least one year of experience in supporting online course design and development in an instructional design capacity.

What are the key takeaways from this course?

  • Explore research methodologies to expand your specific research goals
  • Examine current research in the field with a focus on research in your practice
  • Identify a research goal and develop a plan to achieve that goal

Who should take this program?

  • Instructional designers interested in pursuing research opportunities and collaborations
  • Librarians and/or multimedia specialists who also take on the role of an instructional designer and are interested in pursuing research opportunities and collaborations