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Investigating Ways of Enhancing Online Research

Ohi, Sarah 2011, Investigating Ways of Enhancing Online Research, International journal of instructional technology and distance learning, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 1-6.

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Title Investigating Ways of Enhancing Online Research
Author(s) Ohi, Sarah
Journal name International journal of instructional technology and distance learning
Volume number 8
Issue number 3
Start page 1
End page 6
Publisher TEIR Center, Duquesne University
Place of publication Pittsburgh, Pa.
Publication date 2011-03
ISSN 1550-6908
Keyword(s) online research
online teaching
distance education
web based
web based instruction
educational technology
synchronous
ICT
information communication technologies
Summary

We live in an era characterized as ‘the Digital Age’ and the ways in which we engage in teaching, learning and research are evolving with the increased use of digital technologies. This paper describes a study that investigated the ways in which a cohort of Education students in Victoria, Australia engaged in online research projects using Information Communication Technologies (ICT) as the main form of communication during the research process. When an array of technologies, related resources and training are made available to staff and University students, what are the key influences that effect their adoption and application of the selected mediums? Understanding the answer to this question is important in informing instruction and technological pedagogies for distance education and research. Data was gathered from students and their research supervisors via the use of online surveys. The research identified a number of key factors that influenced people’s preferences for using certain digital technologies. The study revealed that there was a tendency for people to prefer the use of asynchronous forms of digital communication. It is argued that more research is needed in this area in order to improve the application of online modes of communication and ensure that those researching via distance/technological modes are not disadvantaged in their research and learning experiences.

Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Duquesne University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30033757

Document type: Journal Article
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