Reflective Journal Entry #4

What more do you hope to learn about EDR and why? Learning about Educational Design Research (EDR) has been outstanding. I am very pleased that I took a course in the EDR method since I had been questioning why each research method that we’ve learned about up to this point has been so restrictive in its application to data synthesis. Sure, there are mixed methods available, but the refinement of these methods are not part of the research. It some cases it would be advantageous to adjust the research methods during a project, something that EDR accentuates. What I would like to learn most about EDR is the Design-Based Research (DBR) component for the field of design and creative/commercial arts. While I am looking towards a doctorate in Educational Technology, I also have a terminal degree (MFA) in the arts. The rigor in research processes was not part of our program, but this area seems ripe for DBR studies, in particular with the creative process, technique, and public reception/interpretation of visual creativity.

Will you consider conducting an EDR for your dissertation? Why or why not? Under most circumstances, I would consider EDR for a dissertation, but there are three reasons why I am not going to in this Ed.D program. Before going into the two reasons in my case, I have to say that EDR is perfect for an Ed.D degree with the blend of theory and practice. The output of EDR solves a practical problem with a new theory and applies it to a field that needs improvement that is justified through literature review and experiential observation.

Specifically for my case, the three reasons that I am not conducting EDR is more practical:

  1. My committee is already formed, and we unofficially have a dissertation process outlined. I will be completing an article-based dissertation which includes: (a.) a literature review that will be published as a chapter in a handbook (Will be published in Handbook of Research on Learner Experience and Usability in Online Education); (b.) a case study on personalization of aesthetics in online classrooms (Target journal is Creativity Research Journal); and, (c.) a study into image use comparing the way disciplines use media and image types in ubiquitous textbooks, e-texts, and online classrooms (Target journal is Journal of Visual Literacy).
  2. For the study in this class, I feel I need to conduct the study (c.) in media use exploration before my EDR study to make it stronger and applicable. As much as I would like to use images within disciplines superficially, I’d like to conduct a major empirical study first.
  3. The amount of time that it could take to carry out a good, sound, and rigorous EDR study might expand my dissertation completion to multiple years instead of a year. In saying that, I’d like to use the proposal of this class in a grant. In my position, I do not need to carry out research activities, and this study seems like something useful to the California Community College system which uses Canvas in their universal course articulation system.  

What aspects of the Peer Review activities did you find most beneficial/challenging? When implemented correctly, peer reviews can provide insights that may never have otherwise been discovered. I found the review of others’ work engaging and insightful. I also found the reviews to be helpful. The parts of the review that helped the most was understanding where people weren’t clear about a topic or process, showing where my writing needed to be more detailed. The other part of the review I appreciate is the fresh eyes on grammar. It seems that no matter how many times I look at my work, I always find something grammatically incorrect.

The challenging aspect of a peer review and I’m sure most would say this, is that we do not have the expertise on the subject. I believe that it is better to have at least one person in our intended audience, who knows the subject, to review the work. I felt that my reviewers did not understand a couple of things that most people who would read the journal would find commonplace.

Either way, I think that part of the doctoral program is to experience new things. I also feel that a big part of the peer review should have been to make sure the process of EDR was adhered to. In our case, that the literature review contained information about the problem, the theories, and the processes that already exist to explain or solve the problem

Jason Bader
Art Professor at MSJC. EdD, Boise State University in Educational Technology (currently student as of 2015). MFA, UCLA in Design|Media Arts, 2002.

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