New To Research? Let OLC Help!

Concurrent Session 4
Streamed Session K-12 OLC Session

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Brief Abstract

Getting started in research can feel overwhelming. What methods should I use? How do they fit together? What role does theory play in my work? Is my role as an educator one that can or should participate in research? Join this session for a hands-on workshop exploring research basics, providing clear steps for getting started on your research journey.



Dr. Abby McGuire serves as the Director of Research at the Online Learning Consortium where she supports the OLC’s research efforts and advances the reach and impact of the OLC’s Research Center. Abby collaborates with scholars, practitioners, OLC team members, and external partners to design and implement initiatives and publish research that advances online, blended, and digital teaching and learning. Abby loves creating and sharing ideas to deepen understanding and shift perspectives about teaching and learning. She is a bold, creative thinker and educational leader with professional writing, editing, and consulting expertise, and she is a higher education professional with more than a decade of experience in administrative and faculty roles. Abby holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and a Master of Arts in English Composition and Communication from Central Michigan University.

Extended Abstract

Whether you’re an educator, instructional designer, educational leader, or graduate student, if you’re new to research, it can be hard to know where to begin.  This hands-on session will provide a guided, interactive simulated study design activity that walks you through the research process.  This session will provide an opportunity to explore and engage with research basics, including conducting a literature review, defining a research problem, developing a research question, incorporating theoretical perspectives, determining methodology, determining research method, and planning data collection strategies.  You’ll gain knowledge about how to engage with the research process, as well as tips and resources for succeeding in conducting your own research project.