Presenting your Research
at the ECTEL Doctoral Consortium
Dr. Christian Glahn
Why submit to a
doctoral consortium?
•  Get feedback on your research
•  Get feedback on your methodology
•  Get input to ...
You don’t write for yourself!
You always write for your readers!
•  Your readers/reviewers may not know you
or your projec...
Always address these 6 points
- All of them, actually
1.  Present your research question
2.  (Preliminary) answer your res...
Is your research actually TEL1
research?
•  TEL as a research object
•  SNA on referencing peers in TEL publications
•  TE...
Good research questions are
really important!
•  One (1!) question word
•  Not 2 or 3 or 4 question words
•  Don’t forget ...
Good research questions are
really important!
•  One (1!) question word
•  Not 2 or 3 or 4 question words
•  Don’t forget ...
What about working questions?
•  Working questions are subordinate to the main
research question
•  They contribute to ans...
Types of research problems
Effec1veness	
   Efficiency	
  A<rac1veness	
  
Hermeneu1c	
  
Types of research problems
Effec1veness	
   Efficiency	
  A<rac1veness	
  
Hermeneu1c	
  
Evidence-­‐based	
  research	
  
Types of research problems
Effec1veness	
   Efficiency	
  A<rac1veness	
  
Hermeneu1c	
  
Don’t	
  try	
  to	
  invent	
  you...
Types of research problems
Effec1veness	
   Efficiency	
  A<rac1veness	
  
Hermeneu1c	
  
You	
  cannot	
  address	
  all	
  ...
Effectiveness
•  Does something work as expected?
•  Effect on learning
•  Effect on teaching
•  Social effects
•  Economi...
Attractiveness
•  What makes effective approaches more
interesting or intense?
•  Less drop outs
•  More or different targ...
Efficiency
•  How achieve the same effects faster or
cheaper?
•  Performance
•  Costs
•  Time
•  Resources
Examples
A suitable question
What are the factors that influence the
perception of peer feedback in self-directed
learning?
•  Only...
A not so suitable question
What are the applications of social software in
formal education and how does it improve the
st...
What is better: a conference or a
doctoral consortium paper?
•  Journal papers are always better ;-)
•  Conference papers ...
Criteria for submissions
Doctoral consortium
•  Research question
•  Preliminary answers
•  Ideas, plans and methods
•  Re...
Dr. Christian Glahn
http://www.isn.ethz.ch
@phish108	
  
h<p://slidesha.re/phish108	
  	
  
h<p://lo-­‐f.at/glahn	
  	
  
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Over the last four years of reviewing for the ECTEL Doctoral Consortium board I came across pretty much the same problems every year. This presentation condenses some recommendations that Ph.D. candidates should consider when putting a submission together. I hope this also helps for submissions to other doctoral consortia.

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Presenting your Research at the ECTEL Doctoral Consortium

  1. 1. Presenting your Research at the ECTEL Doctoral Consortium Dr. Christian Glahn
  2. 2. Why submit to a doctoral consortium? •  Get feedback on your research •  Get feedback on your methodology •  Get input to problems and open questions •  Get a different perspective on organizing your Ph.D. project A doctoral consortium is not a conventional workshop or conference!
  3. 3. You don’t write for yourself! You always write for your readers! •  Your readers/reviewers may not know you or your project •  Be explicit •  Be consistent
  4. 4. Always address these 6 points - All of them, actually 1.  Present your research question 2.  (Preliminary) answer your research question based you’re your findings (working hypotheses) 3.  Present your work and/or plan •  The plan has to be aligned with your research question 4.  How is your research related to TEL? •  Relate to research done by other groups! 5.  How do your research results contribute to the field? 6.  What are your open questions related to this research?
  5. 5. Is your research actually TEL1 research? •  TEL as a research object •  SNA on referencing peers in TEL publications •  TEL research •  SNA to find relative experts in a learning network 1  field  of  your  choice  
  6. 6. Good research questions are really important! •  One (1!) question word •  Not 2 or 3 or 4 question words •  Don’t forget the question mark •  Precise •  One (1!) research problem •  One (1!) research subject
  7. 7. Good research questions are really important! •  One (1!) question word •  Not 2 or 3 or 4 question words •  Don’t forget the question mark •  Precise •  One (1!) research problem •  One (1!) research subject Your  crea1vity   goes  here!    
  8. 8. What about working questions? •  Working questions are subordinate to the main research question •  They contribute to answer a part of your main research question •  They structure your project plan Don’t forget explaining these relations! The same rules apply for these questions as for the main research question!
  9. 9. Types of research problems Effec1veness   Efficiency  A<rac1veness   Hermeneu1c  
  10. 10. Types of research problems Effec1veness   Efficiency  A<rac1veness   Hermeneu1c   Evidence-­‐based  research  
  11. 11. Types of research problems Effec1veness   Efficiency  A<rac1veness   Hermeneu1c   Don’t  try  to  invent  your  own  research  problems!   It  won’t  work!  
  12. 12. Types of research problems Effec1veness   Efficiency  A<rac1veness   Hermeneu1c   You  cannot  address  all  these     problem  types  in  one  Ph.D.  project!  
  13. 13. Effectiveness •  Does something work as expected? •  Effect on learning •  Effect on teaching •  Social effects •  Economical effects
  14. 14. Attractiveness •  What makes effective approaches more interesting or intense? •  Less drop outs •  More or different target groups •  Time-on-learning •  Usability/Exepriences
  15. 15. Efficiency •  How achieve the same effects faster or cheaper? •  Performance •  Costs •  Time •  Resources
  16. 16. Examples
  17. 17. A suitable question What are the factors that influence the perception of peer feedback in self-directed learning? •  Only one question word •  “factors that influence ...” ß effectiveness •  “perception of peer feedback …” ß subject
  18. 18. A not so suitable question What are the applications of social software in formal education and how does it improve the student performance? •  “What” and “how” ß 2 research words •  “applications of …” ß effectiveness •  “improve … performance” ß efficiency •  “social software in formal education” ß subject •  “social software and student performance” ß subject
  19. 19. What is better: a conference or a doctoral consortium paper? •  Journal papers are always better ;-) •  Conference papers allow to present your research results •  Doctoral consortia allow to discuss your research ideas and methods
  20. 20. Criteria for submissions Doctoral consortium •  Research question •  Preliminary answers •  Ideas, plans and methods •  Relation to TEL •  Advancing the field •  Open questions Conferences and Journals •  Research question •  Results •  Method •  Relation to TEL/conference •  Advancing the field
  21. 21. Dr. Christian Glahn http://www.isn.ethz.ch @phish108   h<p://slidesha.re/phish108     h<p://lo-­‐f.at/glahn    
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