Research, Assessment, and Analytics in eLearning

Course Number: DEL 7950
Course Name: Research, Assessment, and Analytics in eLearning (Online)
Course Description:    This course examines concepts in conducting ethical research in e-learning, including quantitative and qualitative methods and data collection methods and techniques. Interpretation and evaluation concepts are explored and applied through the discussion and use of techniques and tools, and such as metrics, dashboards, narrative inquiry, and interpretive analytics.
Prerequisites:    None
Level: Graduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online
Program: Master of Science in Distance Education Leadership

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.

Additional Information

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to

  • Critique best practices, models, and current trends in educational leadership research and analytics.
  • Design a proposal to investigate a common educational leadership issue.
  • Compare and contrast various research methods and analytics available to the distance education leader.
  • Apply best practice principles of research and analytics to various situations.
  • Create a presentation demonstrating the accepted language and methodolgies of distance education research and analytics.

Unit Descriptions

Unit 1: Foundations of Research

Every sound structure is supported by a base, and so it is with learning about research, assessment and analytics. Here we begin by building a foundation, the tool box or context into which you will place the tools presented later on in the course. You will learn about the research process, research ethics and the significance of the research problem. You will learn how to develop effective research questions and to evaluate sources that you will use in writing a good literature review. In this unit you will also be introduced to the concepts of sampling and validity and the development of measuring instruments. Measuring instruments will be examined in depth as used in survey design, as well as evaluation and analysis of survey research.

Unit 2: Research Methods

This unit provides a detailed look at the various methodologies and designs for conducting research. You will learn about the characteristics that constitute quantitative and qualitative research, including data collection and analysis specific to each. Various research designs will be explored and methods for formative and summative evaluations in education.

Unit 3: Metrics

This unit examines the use of metrics in eLearning from designing metrics to analyzing and finding meaning in metrics. The creation of advanced benchmarks and their importance is also examined.

Unit 4: Dashboards and Analytics
(no description in course)

Unit 5: Final Assignments

As we begin Unit 5, we begin the process of completion of this course. In this unit you will focus on completing your final assignments and synthesizing the content of the course in the final discussion question.

Unit 6: Wrap-Up

Our term has come to a close. This unit marks the conclusion of our time together with the completion of any outstanding assignments and reflection on the course content over the term.

Grading Criteria for Activities

Assignment Possible Points
Weekly Discussion Boards (15 @ 20 pts. each) 300 points
Technique Reviews (4 @ 40 pts. each) 160 points
Research Proposal - Annotated Bibliography 50 points
Research Proposal - Full Outline & Introduction 50 points
Final Research Proposal 200 points
Research Presentation 200 points
Professional Development Journal Reflection 40 points
Total: 1,000 points

Grading Scale

A 940 - 1000 points
A- 900 - 939 points
B+ 870 - 899 points
B 840 - 869 points
B- 800 - 839 points
C+ 770 - 799 points
C 740 - 769 points
C- 700 - 739 points
D+ 670 - 699 points
D 640 - 669 points
D- 600 - 639 points
F 0 - 599 points


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