The Electronic Journal of e-Learning provides perspectives on topics relevant to the study, implementation and management of e-Learning initiatives
For general enquiries email administrator@ejel.org
Click here to see other Scholarly Electronic Journals published by API
For a range of research text books on this and complimentary topics visit the Academic Bookshop

Information about the current European Conference on e-Learning is available here

For infomation on the International Conference on eLearning, click here

For infomation on the European Conference on Games Based Learning clickhere

 
Journal Issue
Volume 14 Issue 5 / Dec 2016  pp291‑349

Editor: Robert Ramberg

Download PDF (free)

Editorial for EJEL Volume 14 Issue 5  pp291‑292

Robert Ramberg

Look inside Download PDF (free)

The Kaleidoscope of Voices: An Action Research Approach to Informing Institutional e‑Learning Policy  pp293‑300

Gelareh Roushan, Debbie Holley, David Biggins

Look inside Download PDF (free)

Using a Mixed Methods Research Design in a Study Investigating the ‘Heads of e‑Learning’ Perspective towards Technology Enhanced Learning  pp301‑311

Timos Almpanis

Look inside Download PDF (free)

Empirical Data and Emerging Power Critiques: Lessons Learned  pp312‑321

Caroline Stockman

Look inside Download PDF (free)

An exploration of autonetnography as an eResearch methodology to examine learning and teaching scholarship in Networked Learning  pp322‑335

Lyz Howard

Look inside Download PDF (free)

A Roadmap to Cope with Common Problems in E‑Learning Research Designs  pp336‑349

Javier Sarsa, Tomás Escudero

Look inside Download PDF (free)

Abstract

Abstract: E‑learning research is plenty of difficulties, as also research in education is. Usually, the high number of features involved in e‑learning processes complicates and masks the identification and isolation of the factors which cause the expected benefits, when they exist. At the same time, a bunch of threats are ready to weaken the validity of the research, for example, disregard of previous research, use of small samples, absence of randomization in the assignment to groups, ineffective designs, lack of objectivity in the measuring process, poor descriptions of the research in publications (which implies few possibilities of replication), wrong statistical procedures, inappropriate inference of results, etc. All of these obstacles accumulate and are carried along the whole research, resulting in low quality studies or irrelevant ones. This theoretical paper suggests a roadmap in order to face the most common problems in e‑learning research. The roadmap informs about some cautions which must be considered at each stage of the research and recommendations to increase the validity and reproducibility of results. The roadmap and conclusions included in this paper have been obtained from our experience in educational and e‑learning research, also from our long path as reviewers in key journals of these fields, and from readings of significant research handbooks. This is not a strict guide but a set of milestones on which it is necessary to stop and reflect. 

 

Keywords: Keywords: e-Learning research, educational technology, research designs, e-learning effectiveness, methodology, validity.

 

Share |