Monday, September 20, 2010

Problem Statement Draft

I'm having a really hard time finding my focus, so I thought I might use the opportunity to create a few problem statements. Here is the construct we were provided with:

Parts of a Qualitative Problem Statement:
The purpose of this [type of study] study is to understand [what] of [who or what] involving [what or who] from [when] to [purpose].

The purpose of this [____] is to understand if e-Learning can provide educators with accessible Authentic Instruction....
1. [qualitative study] ...during the semester of a hybrid and/or fully online class through the perspective of a participant/researcher to experience the strengths and weaknesses of current technology.
2. [meta-analysis] ...through a review of current research, trends and new technology to synthesize best practices.
3. [quantitative study] analyzing comprehensive testing data of current online class takers to determine internalized knowledge.


  1. Does testing data reveal internalized learning?

  2. For 1. Instead of the strength and weaknesses of current technology, consider the potentials of participatory technologies for a specific and specified sound pedagogical practices. For example if dialogue is important to learning, and the facilitation of the dialogue is critical to the depth of learning through dialogue--how does this happen in f2f and online?

  3. Your concept map is dynamic and a very fitting approach to communicate research ideas that involve teaching and digital communications.

    The evidence of transformative learning suggests that it is not the interface (face-to-face or computer) that makes a course educationally valuable or not, but how the potential of that interface is used and how reflective the practitioner to continually improve teaching and learning environments and processes. Here's a reading on this topic:

    Zhang W., & Kramarae, C. (2008). Feminist invitational collaboration in a digital age: Looking over disciplinary and national borders. Women and Language. Retrieved from,_Communication,_and_Technology/Feminist_Invitational_Collaboration_in_a_Digital_Age:_Looking_over_Disciplinary_and_National_Borders

    There is much more scholarship on this topic, which I have contributed to and am familiar. I sent off a chapter two weeks ago for the anthology, Feminist Cyberspaces: Pedagogies in Transition (Editors: Carolyn Bitzer, Sharon Collingwood, Alvinia Quintana, and Caroline Smith).