Module Status: Complete
This module was concerned with the development of an extended research proposal for my dissertation. This is to include extensive reading around my chosen area of study, the development of a research question, timeline and research design and consideration of ethics.
I finally settled on the following research question:
“To what extent can virtual courses support the development of independent learning beyond ‘real time’ curriculum delivery?”
With the following subsidiary questions:
- Can virtual courses effectively develop skills/attributes, recognised as being absent in learners beginning undergraduate courses?
- Can virtual courses be entirely independent or is there a preference for face-to-face interaction between learner and educator?
- Model 1: A combination face-to-face interaction with the teacher alongside the virtual course. The teacher sets the pace of the learning and decides the learning path.
- Model 2: Virtual course only. Interaction is encouraged between learners with minimal text-based (electronic) interaction with the teacher (Email/Twitter). The learners set their own pace and decide their own path.
- Is there a relationship between results achieved and participants preferred model?
- Does either model result in any immediate impact on students’ learning at A-Level?
- Which of the two models is most effective in developing learner independence/interdependence?
The completed proposal, including an outline of the course, literature review and detailed research approach design can be read here: ER Assignment.
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