Advancing Quality Research in Online Learning: A Panel Discussion with Editors of the Online Learning Journal
Concurrent Session 3
Join us in celebrating the Online Learning Journal’s (OLJ’s) 25th anniversary! To celebrate we’ll spend time reflecting on what makes high quality research, suitable for publication in OLJ or other peer-reviewed journals. We will also discuss how you can become involved in our efforts to continuously improve the quality of research on online learning.
As we celebrate the Online Learning Journal’s (OLJ’s) 25th anniversary, it is the perfect time to reflect on the need for high quality research on online learning. This includes taking a hard look at weaknesses in the literature and how we might address these. Weaknesses include fragmented and disjointed approaches to researching online pedagogy, tools, and participants. Other issues are the application of methods that lack rigor or are unsuited to the research questions, and poorly written reports that impede subsequent attempts at replication and follow-up. The field faces a significant challenge. We must design and carry out research that will both address past concerns about methods and findings and illuminate the directions we should take in the future.
This panel session will bring together some of the most influential leaders from the online learning research community to answer questions like:
- What makes a good research question?
- What are the most common problems with literature reviews?
- What methods are complementary to my research question?
- What topics are likely to stimulate additional productive research and generate citations?
- How can I help OLC and OLJ to advance the quality of research in the field?