OLC Research Summit - Part 2: Meet the DETA Research Toolkit 2.0
Concurrent Session 7
This session will spotlight The National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA) Research Toolkit, a resource to support research conducted at the course, program, institutional, or cross-institutional levels.
Since 2014, the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA) has cultivated a thriving community dedicated to promoting student access and success through research-driven practice. A key initiative of DETA has been the creation of their DETA Research Toolkit, a resource intended to guide research conducted across institutions to identify key factors that influence student outcomes, including underrepresented students. These student populations of interest include ethnic and racial minorities, low income students identified as Pell grant eligible, first generation students, and students with impairments or disabilities.
In this session, participants will explore the toolkit to learn how they can gather and contribute data to better understand the key factors in DETA courses and programs (which includes any courses or programs using technology, such as tech-enhanced, blended, and fully online) that are influencing student success. The toolkit spans all disciplines and many research methodologies from quantitative to qualitative. It includes guides for experimental, survey, and qualitative studies. Qualitative studies addressed include free response, interviews, focus groups, narratives, and more. Additionally, design based research, such as user design research, and visualization studies are introduced. Tools and resources are shared, including a student survey instrumentation packet, codebooks, data sharing agreements, review board materials, and more. Moreover, the new toolkit has research designs and models to help support research in response to COVID-19 as well as emerging technology interventions such as adaptive learning, open education resources, and more.
This hands-on session is perfect for researchers or practitioners of all roles and experience levels looking to learn more about ways to gather and share data across traditional institutional boundaries in support of success for all learners.
This session is one of three parts of the OLC Research Summit, which will begin with an overview and audience-engaged discussion of the current landscape of online education research. In the second session, participants will explore resources, methods of approach, interactive toolkits, and opportunities to share their evidence within and across institutions in support of scaling best practices. Finally, participants will reflect on research in an experiential context by answering the following question - how we might as a community surface and collect themes that emerge from our collaborations? Focusing on OLC Accelerate as our research setting and context, how might we as a community produce a tangible artifact representing the scholarship, thought leadership, and opportunities arising from our work? Ultimately, these three, interconnected sessions at the OLC Accelerate 2020 Research Summit will provide us with new avenues of supporting student success through empirical research that is generative, connected, and impactful.
The Research Summit is included in your OLC Accelerate Virtual Conference 2020 registration fee. There is no additional registration fee to participate in the event. Learn more about this session and all of the sessions at the Research Summit webpage.