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ASEE2012 Presentation: iKNEER User Study

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iKNEER (Interactive Knowledge Network for Engineering Education Research) User Study: Conduct 6 interviewers with novice researchers to understand conceptual hurdles in their research, and how computer tools influence their research decision-making.

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ASEE2012 Presentation: iKNEER User Study

  1. 1. How Does an Interactive Knowledge Platform Influence Decision-Making of Novice Researchers in Engineering Education Research? Xin Chen, Adithya Raghavan, Krishna Madhavan, Ji Soo Yi {chen654, araghava, cm, yij}@purdue.edu
  2. 2. Introduction Methods Findings Q&A iKNEER: Interactive Knowledge Networks for Engineering Education Research
  3. 3. Introduction Methods Findings iKNEER.org is a highly interactive data gateway for understanding a range of data including conference and journal publications and federal investments. Q&A
  4. 4. Introduction Methods iKNEER Function Examples Search Findings Q&A
  5. 5. Introduction Methods iKNEER Function Examples Search Findings Q&A
  6. 6. Introduction Methods iKNEER Function Examples Search Findings Q&A
  7. 7. Introduction Methods iKNEER Function Examples PI’s profile Findings Q&A
  8. 8. Introduction Methods iKNEER Function Examples PI’s profile Findings Q&A
  9. 9. Introduction Methods iKNEER Function Examples PI’s profile Findings Q&A
  10. 10. Introduction Methods iKNEER Function Examples PI’s profile Findings Q&A
  11. 11. Introduction Methods iKNEER Function Examples PI’s profile Findings Q&A
  12. 12. Introduction Methods iKNEER Function Examples PI’s profile Findings Q&A
  13. 13. Introduction Methods iKNEER Function Examples PI’s profile Findings Q&A
  14. 14. Introduction Methods Findings Q&A iKNEER is designed for engineering education researchers, investors, and educators.
  15. 15. Introduction Methods Findings Novice researchers in an interdisciplinary field may experience conceptual difficulties. Q&A
  16. 16. Introduction Methods Findings Q&A Conceptual Difficulties of Trained Engineers in EER
  17. 17. Introduction Methods Findings Q&A Conceptual Difficulties of Trained Engineers in EER Difficulties in: ‣ framing research questions with broad appeal ‣ appreciating qualitative or mixed-methods approaches ‣ pursuing interdisciplinary collaboration ... (Borrego,2007)
  18. 18. Introduction Methods Findings Q&A Research Questions 1 How does iKNEER influence novice researchers in making decisions regarding their research directions?
  19. 19. Introduction Methods Findings Q&A Research Questions 1 How does iKNEER influence novice researchers in making decisions regarding their research directions? 2 What issues can be identified that can inform future design of such tools?
  20. 20. Introduction Methods Findings Qualitative Approach Q&A
  21. 21. Introduction Methods Findings Qualitative Approach Q&A
  22. 22. Introduction Methods Findings Qualitative Approach 6 participants from 1st year PhD research methods class Q&A
  23. 23. Introduction Methods Findings Qualitative Approach 3 males, 3 females; 2 internationals Q&A
  24. 24. Introduction Methods P1 Background: 4 years teaching Research Interests: Mentoring P2 Background: BS & MS in EE Research Interests: Global engineering P3 Background: 3 years industry, 6 years teaching Research Interests: Broad, undecided Findings Background: BS in CivilE, philosophy minor Research Interests: Sustainability P4 P5 Q&A Background: BS in ECE, 4 years industry Research Interests: Open source community P6 Background: Young engr faculty member Research Interests: Social awareness, etc.
  25. 25. Introduction Methods Training Session on iKNEER (30min) Findings Q&A
  26. 26. Introduction Methods Training Session on iKNEER (30min) Use for Research (2-4 weeks) Findings Q&A
  27. 27. Introduction Methods Findings Training Session on iKNEER (30min) Use for Research (2-4 weeks) Semi-Structured Interview (30-50min) Q&A
  28. 28. Introduction Methods Findings Q&A Training Session on iKNEER (30min) Use for Research (2-4 weeks) Semi-Structured Interview (30-50min) Qualitative Thematic Analysis
  29. 29. Introduction Methods Findings Q&A
  30. 30. Introduction Methods Findings Q&A Category1 Category2 Category3 Category4
  31. 31. Introduction Methods Findings Q&A
  32. 32. Introduction Methods Cat. 1 of 3: Research Difficulties Findings Q&A
  33. 33. Introduction Methods Findings Q&A Cat. 1 of 3: Research Difficulties 1 Unable to find relevant literature (interdisciplinary nature of EER) “it was in a journal that I never would have looked at probably because I was so ENE focused” “There is a bunch of econ stuff. There is law stuff. There is education stuff. There is philosophy stuff. There is cognitive stuff ... ” Transcript
  34. 34. Introduction Methods Findings Q&A Cat. 1 of 3: Research Difficulties 1 2 Transcript Unable to find relevant literature (interdisciplinary nature of EER) Different stages, different challenges (diverse background)
  35. 35. Introduction Methods Findings Q&A Cat. 1 of 3: Research Difficulties 1 Unable to find relevant literature (interdisciplinary nature of EER) 2 Different stages, different challenges (diverse background) “I’ve gotten pretty good at finding literature at that point and so the difficulty right now is like I’m analyzing interview sessions, so it’s very qualitative.” Transcript
  36. 36. Introduction Methods Findings Q&A Cat. 1 of 3: Research Difficulties 1 2 Different stages, different challenges (diverse background) 3 Transcript Unable to find relevant literature (interdisciplinary nature of EER) Language difficulties (includes the social science research language )
  37. 37. Introduction Methods Findings Q&A Cat. 1 of 3: Research Difficulties 1 Unable to find relevant literature (interdisciplinary nature of EER) 2 Different stages, different challenges (diverse background) 3 Language difficulties (includes the social science research language ) “I am trying to write in a language that is not mine, so my structural constructions, my grammar constructions are not as good as they are for a native speaker or for a native writer.” Transcript
  38. 38. Introduction Methods Findings Q&A Cat. 1 of 3: Research Difficulties 1 2 Different stages, different challenges (diverse background) 3 Language difficulties (includes the social science research language ) 4 Transcript Unable to find relevant literature (interdisciplinary nature of EER) No Difficulties, or care enough to overcome any difficulties
  39. 39. Introduction Methods Findings Q&A Cat. 1 of 3: Research Difficulties 1 Unable to find relevant literature (interdisciplinary nature of EER) 2 Different stages, different challenges (diverse background) 3 Language difficulties (includes the social science research language ) 4 No Difficulties, or care enough to overcome any difficulties “I was born for this degree. ” “I care about people, so my talents and my skill set really lend itself toward being a social science or an educational researcher.” “I grasp the concepts because I care about them.” Transcript
  40. 40. Introduction Methods Findings Q&A Cat. 2 of 3: iKNEER and Research 1 Focused scope of iKNEER acknowledge the ENE community
  41. 41. Introduction Methods Findings Q&A Cat. 2 of 3: iKNEER and Research 1 Focused scope of iKNEER acknowledge the ENE community 2 Collaborative network graph is particularly useful
  42. 42. Introduction Methods Findings Q&A Cat. 2 of 3: iKNEER and Research 1 Focused scope of iKNEER acknowledge the ENE community 2 Collaborative network graph is particularly useful 3 iKNEER has a role beyond research
  43. 43. Introduction Methods Findings Q&A Cat. 2 of 3: iKNEER and Research 1 Focused scope of iKNEER acknowledge the ENE community 2 Collaborative network graph is particularly useful 3 iKNEER has a role beyond research 4 Broad context of research decision making
  44. 44. Introduction Methods Cat. 3 of 3: Implications for Design 1 Position of search bar Findings Q&A
  45. 45. Introduction Methods Findings Cat. 3 of 3: Implications for Design 1 Position of search bar 2 Many possible ways of user participation Q&A
  46. 46. Introduction Methods Findings Q&A Cat. 3 of 3: Implications for Design 1 Position of search bar 2 Many possible ways of user participation 3 Connect with citation management tools (EndNote, Zotero, etc.)
  47. 47. Introduction Methods Findings Q&A Cat. 3 of 3: Implications for Design 1 Position of search bar 2 Many possible ways of user participation 3 Connect with citation management tools (EndNote, Zotero, etc.) 4 Link grant proposals with papers
  48. 48. Introduction Methods Findings Q&A Cat. 3 of 3: Implications for Design 1 Position of search bar 2 Many possible ways of user participation 3 Connect with citation management tools (EndNote, Zotero, etc.) 4 Link grant proposals with papers 5 Open source
  49. 49. Introduction Methods Findings Q&A Questions? Xin Chen, Adithya Raghavan, Krishna Madhavan, Ji Soo Yi {chen654, araghava, cm, yij}@purdue.edu

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