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Assessing Transformational Learning
in Online Professional Programs:
Methodological Approaches and Challenges
Swapna Kumar...
Transformational Learning in Online Professional Programs
• Transformational Learning (TL): “a transformed way of
understa...
TwoApproachestoAssessingTransformationalLearning
Online Bachelor Social Work Online EdD in Educational Technology
Students...
Partially funded by Prof. Dr. Patricia Arnold
Munich Univ of AppliedSciences
arnold@hm.edu
patriciaarnold.wikispaces.com/
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  1. 1. Assessing Transformational Learning in Online Professional Programs: Methodological Approaches and Challenges Swapna Kumar1/Patricia Arnold2 1 College of Education, University of Florida, USA 2 E-Learning Center, Munich University of Applied Sciences, _Germany EDENRW8, Oxford, England
  2. 2. Transformational Learning in Online Professional Programs • Transformational Learning (TL): “a transformed way of understanding, or interpreting, or viewing something” (Meyer & Land, 2003, p. 4) that can be facilitated by critical reflection and critical discourse (Mezirow, 1998; 2003) • Focus of Paper: Methodological challenges assessing TL • Two approaches: How TL was assessed in two online professional programs • Methodological Challenges: Shortcomings and benefits of each approach • Discussion: Challenges assessing TL • at different points of an online program • when using embedded assignments within an online program.
  3. 3. TwoApproachestoAssessingTransformationalLearning Online Bachelor Social Work Online EdD in Educational Technology Students: Professionals in Social Work Students: Professionals in Education Educational Design: Connecting Theory and Practice. Activities: Discourse and Reflection. Educational Design: Connecting Theory, Research and Practice. Activities: Discourse, Reflection, Research Methodology: • Internal Approach • “Embedded assessments” • Students represented TL in e- portfolios • Content Analysis of e-portfolios Methodology: • External Approach • Research plan to assess TL at various points. External Researchers. • Interviews, focus groups, surveys • Quantitative and qualitative analysis Findings: TL occurred Findings: TL occurred Methodological Challenges: • Student self-report, as part of graded assignment. • Student affinity with e-portfolio, Researcher affinity with media Methodological Challenges: • Student self-report, inability to follow up at workplace. • Focus on external indicators of TL, internal struggles not considered, but in results. • Virtual data collection
  4. 4. Partially funded by Prof. Dr. Patricia Arnold Munich Univ of AppliedSciences arnold@hm.edu patriciaarnold.wikispaces.com/ Prof. Dr. Swapna Kumar University of Florida swapnak@ufl.edu http://www.swapnakumar.com Discussion: Assessing Transformational Learning Our conclusion: Best to combine internal and external approaches Our questions: • How to avoid possible bias in methods used? • How to design a methodology that is viable in the long run, i.e. without third party funding, for documenting impact and quality in online programs?

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