SAN FRANCISCO – To keep up with the breakneck pace of developments in online education, higher education researchers must be nimble and sometimes make do with “dirty” and quickly gathered data. Otherwise weighty discussions about student learning might get lost in all the hype around massive open online courses and other digital innovations.
That was a takeaway Tuesday during a panel discussion here at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Participants in the session tried to define a meaningful research agenda around emerging forms of course delivery.
Research on digital learning should probably take at most six months to develop, said Kendall Guthrie, a senior program officer and evaluation lead for the higher education program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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