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    • Levels and stages of Evaluation (Study evaluation)Study1: Title: Methodological Issues in a study of Mobile Learning as a Disruptive Innovation (Actor Network Theory and Case Study Unit Analysis in a qualitative study of three mobile learning projects in UK Higher Education) Researcher: Peter Bird. Manchester Metropolitan University, Business SchoolThis study in Level 1: Project level“In this paper, I present two possible methodological dilemmas with a study of mobile learningas a disruptive innovation in UK Higher Education.”This study in stage 2: the evaluation of the IT intervention within the course itself.“The second issue concerns the choice of unit of analysis in Case Study Methodology, a problembrought about by having a multi-institution project as one of the three chosen cases.”“The project is not investigating the impact on pedagogy that m-learning may bring, although thebenefits of mobile technology to teachers and learners will have a major influence on thesustainability of the innovation.”The techniques:“In addition I am planning to use Actor Network Theory (ANT) as a „lens‟ to interpret the resultsand identify strategies for embedding mobile learning that were more successful than others.”In selecting cases for my field research, I started with referencing my research question. Theresearch question should dictate the type of organization to approach (i.e. universities) and thetype of data to be gathered. Furthermore it may help define the number of organizations andperhaps indicate timescales.Reference: (2009) Manchester: UK http://www.edamba.eu/userfiles/file/Bird%20Peter.pdf
    • Study2: Title: A study into Video Conferencing Using the Apple Macintosh Platform Researcher: Sean Clark, Giles Mahoney, Stephen Scrivener.This study in Level 1: Project level“This study into the uses of video conferencing on the Apple Macintosh took place between June1994 and January 1995 at the University of Derby and involved members of the Design ResearchCentre in the School of Art and Design at Derby, the Universitys Research Office and theComputer Services department.”This study in stage 2: the evaluation of the IT intervention in isolation.“In conclusion, we found this project interesting and enlightening. At the Design ResearchCentre, we are now firm advocates of the benefits of video conferencing as a tool to support day-to-day work as well as our less frequent international collaborative projects.”The techniques: “Firstly, we constructed a video conferencing network at the University of Derby using Macintosh multimedia computers and a software package called CUSeeMe. Secondly, we conducted a survey of a group of video conferencing users with the aim of discovering how video conferencing systems such as CUSeeMe are currently being used. Thirdly, we ran a series of artificial (in the laboratory) video conferencing sessions D in which users were asked to use our video conferencing network to work on a number of pre-defined tasks. Next, we allowed a group of office workers to use our video conferencing network to support their work activities for a period of approximately. And finally, we analyzed the performance of the CUSeeMe package whilst varying a number of its functional parameters in order to ascertain its most efficient operating conditions. Each of these activities is fully reported in this document.”Reference: Derby: Sima, http://www.agocg.ac.uk/reports/mmedia/apple/apple1.pdfDalal AL-Dhafari - 83486