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Getting Ready for the EC-TEL Doctoral Consortium

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Doctoral Consortia are very different from your average conference. For the 2019 ECTEL DC we introduce the early stage track for PhD candidates to present their research ideas prior to their initial findings or first publications. This is not without formal requirements. This slidedeck helps students to prepare a position statement for their Ph.D. project in order to get early feedback from the community and raise the quality of their research. The slides focuses on a structured approach to PhD projects in the field of technology enhanced learning.

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Getting Ready for the EC-TEL Doctoral Consortium

  1. 1. Getting Ready for the EC-TEL Doctoral Consortium Christian Glahn C.Glahn@tudelft.nl Esther Tan e.b.k.tan@tudelft.nl Centre for Education and Learning
  2. 2. • A clear formulation of the research question. • An identification of the significant problems in the field of research within the TEL domain. • An outline of the current knowledge of the problem domain, as well as the state of existing solutions (use references!). • A presentation of any preliminary ideas, the proposed approach • An outline of the results achieved so far. • A sketch of the applied research methodology. • A description of the Ph.D. project's contribution to the problem solution in the TEL domain. • A discussion of how the suggested solution is different, new, or better as compared to existing approaches to the problem. + a signed letter from your supervisor! The ECTEL DC formalities http://www.ec-tel.eu/index.php?id=910 Without references you will be rejected! 3-4 Pages incl. references
  3. 3. Centre for Education and Learning An advanced work that makes a significant new contribution to your chosen discipline/ subject area What is a doctoral thesis? Conferences and Journals support your Doctoral Thesis
  4. 4. Centre for Education and Learning A complex project that responds to a non- trivial research question and that requires risk management and decision making! What is a doctoral project? The DC supports your Doctoral Project
  5. 5. § Part I. Check-in: What do I want to achieve? (Individual : 45 min) § Part II. Check-out: I am on track… (Small group: 30 min) Workshop Outline:
  6. 6. § Conceptualize the main narrative: What is new in my TEL story? § Construct researchable research question(s) § Communicate the modus operandi to execute your research Part I: Check-in The 3 Cs
  7. 7. Value-addedness!!! § Identify your significant problem in the TEL domain § Outline your current knowledge of the problem domain & existing solutions § Discuss how your idea will be different, new, or better: advance an existing theory Task 1 Conceptualize Research Idea(s) as Research Questions
  8. 8. Task 2.1 Construct Research Question(s) Effectiveness Efficiency Attractiveness Epistemology Literatureresearch Quasiexperiments Controlledexperiments Fieldstudies Exploration/Design Relevant research changes with the maturity of the field or topic
  9. 9. Task 2.1 Construct Research Question(s) Effectiveness Efficiency Attractiveness Epistemology Literatureresearch Quasiexperiments Controlledexperiments Fieldstudies Exploration/Design technicalmaturity conceptual maturity
  10. 10. Task 2.1 Construct Research Question(s) Effectiveness Efficiency Attractiveness Epistemology Literatureresearch Quasiexperiments Controlledexperiments Fieldstudies Exploration/Design Locate where yourresearch belongs
  11. 11. Methodology § Sample & design o Application domain (e.g., schools or vocational training) o Design-based research or controlled experiments o Experimental design (within or between groups) § Measures o Quantitative (horizontal) o Qualitative (vertical) o Mixed Method (triangulation) Task 2.2 Communicate Research Approach
  12. 12. E.g., RQ: What is the effect of anonymity on online peer review in second language writing? Framing the Narrative … Study Type Research Objective Intervention Research Context
  13. 13. E.g., RQ: What is the effect of anonymity on online peer review in second language writing? § independent variable(s): § Anonymous peer review § Non-anonymous peer review § Prior Language skills § dependent variable(s): § Directive lower-order concerns § Non-directive lower-order concerns § Directive higher-order concerns § Non-directive higher-order concerns § Partly-processed; processed & not-processed feedback items Framing the Narrative …
  14. 14. • Choose between research objectives! E.g., seamless learning or MOOCs not seamless learning and MOOCs • Fill the gaps in existing research or development! E.g., extend ADDIE model for resources not create new model for resources • Build on standards and commercial system functions! Avoid off-topic problems that are solved commercially, they are insignificant! Framing the Narrative … Focus, Focus, Focus!
  15. 15. Share your research idea/topic in small groups of 3 ü How does my research idea contribute to the field of research with TEL domain? ü How do I operationalize my research? ü What do I want to demonstrate in my research and what do I expect I will deliver? Part II: Check-out (30 min)
  16. 16. Centre for Education and Learning Thank you for your participation. Now get ready for the ECTEL DC Deadline: 17 June 2019

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