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Researching openness – evidence-based approach - Antoni Pérez

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Presentation of Antoni Pérez, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain, for the Open Education Week's fifth-day webinar on "Researching openness – evidence-based approach " - 8 March 2019
Recordings of the discussion are available: https://eden-online.adobeconnect.com/ptwsj0d95afy/

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Researching openness – evidence-based approach - Antoni Pérez

  1. 1. research.uoc.edu research.uoc.edu Dr. Antoni Perez-Navarro Deputy director of research at eLearn Center Computer Sciences, Multimedia and Telecommunication Dpt. Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) Researching openness – Evidence-based approach 8th March 2019
  2. 2. research.uoc.edu Mission To promote an evidence based research model in eLearning in a context of translational research. In other words, to take the research in e-Learning to real situations to find evidences of its range of application and effects. Vision To be a global reference in eLearning regarding to proposals in the educational model and in the application of all kinds of technology; but also, and above all, to contribute with evidences that show why, where and when every proposal applies. We want the eLearn Center to become the first place to look to know what to do, and why, in eLearning. Mission and Vision of eLearn Center Research Plan 2
  3. 3. research.uoc.edu How openness is Evidence-Based Research approach, according to your experience? 3
  4. 4. research.uoc.edu My personal opinion and experience ● Openness regards to access and sharing, but not with the kind of research. In fact, most of “opinions” are open, and they are not evidence-based. ● Evidence-Based research is usually a very high quality research that gives fundamented conclusions. ○ Researchers prefer to publish such research in high impact journals, and many of them are not open. ● Open those journals can help to open such research. And having such research open can help to distribute it and make it more known for most of people. HOWEVER ● Open evidence-based research is only the first step. It is still in the kingdom of research, and many practitioners who are expected to apply such research are not researchers. Therefore, we need to make an step further to truly OPEN such research to the professionals who need it. ○ Maybe create “Practitioners guides” focused on the action and the degree of evidence?
  5. 5. research.uoc.edu My personal opinion and experience We are living a similar process than in medicine in the second part of the XXth Century
  6. 6. research.uoc.edu Can Evidence-Based Research approach offer a new and better perspective to the Open Education research? 6
  7. 7. research.uoc.edu NIU ESPRIA XTrem NG 4 examples of Evidence Based Research and Education 7
  8. 8. research.uoc.edu NIU ESPRIA XTrem NG 4 examples of Evidence Based Research and Education 8 Example. Research changes the intervention Example. From research to intervention Calls to promote translational research
  9. 9. research.uoc.edu • Do students use these resources? • How does size and place of tile affects localization? • When do students access resources? • Which devices do students access resources through? 9 NIU • Order the tiles • Harmonize deliveries with students patterns of connectivity
  10. 10. research.uoc.edu • Analyse drop out • Analyse which are the behaviours of successful students 10 ESPRIA • Has the measure reduced drop out? • First year students are suggested 3-subjects groups of successful subjects. • Lecturers in those subjects will not overlap deliveries • Warnings to lecturers Drop out is a big challenge at online universities (28% the first semester at UOC)
  11. 11. research.uoc.edu 11 XTrem • 2 years risky and disruptive projects • 1,5 researchers/year • Evidence based projects • Systematic review Translational research
  12. 12. research.uoc.edu 12 New Goals (NG) • 3 years strategic projects • 4 researchers/year • Evidence based projects • Systematic review Translational research
  13. 13. research.uoc.edu What kind of Evidence-Based research methodologies are more appropriated to research on Open Education? 13
  14. 14. research.uoc.edu 14 Before the methodology… Data
  15. 15. research.uoc.edu DataMart 15
  16. 16. research.uoc.edu And now… methodologies 16 The research question will define the right methodology, but…
  17. 17. research.uoc.edu And now… methodologies 17 The research question will define the right methodology, but… I believe that control group is the one that gives stronger results. And do not forget the n!!
  18. 18. research.uoc.edu And now… methodologies 18 Using artificial intelligence techniques can be very helpful, but...
  19. 19. research.uoc.edu And now… methodologies 19 Using artificial intelligence techniques can be very helpful, but… the results can hide the reason: they can give us the “what” but not the “why”
  20. 20. research.uoc.edu What are the today most relevant research challenges on Open Education? 20
  21. 21. research.uoc.edu ● The gap between researchers and practitioners → Open guides to practitioners? ● An standardization of the level of quality of the research → To establish 4 levels of reliability? ● To give systematic reviews in education the level they have in medicine → Open databases of systematic reviews in Education? ● To promote the participation in Education Research Projects → Education trials? 21
  22. 22. research.uoc.edu MOVE SLOWER, BUT IN EVIDENCE-BASED STEPS, TO MAKE CHANGES IN EDUCATION 22
  23. 23. research.uoc.edu @UOC_research @tonipereznavarr Antoni Pérez-Navarro ✉️ aperezn@uoc.edu ?Questions?

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