oh don't ask me why I am back here please
Anyway some thinking...be great to know what you think....anything at all.....how about we slacken the off-topic rule for once eh
1. Why is research important for Moodle?
2. Is it worth having an annual competition...prize= partnering with member of HQ.....to enable IT/Learning tecchies/teachers/all practitioners to submit new ideas in the form of a research design...this would be nice oppt to marry up two objectives from HQ end with the new ideas, like or one objective on both sides of the partnership
3. In consideration of 1. and 2. How might impact be measured?
Sounds like a good idea to bring together a team of individuals from different backgrounds with diverse ideas. Teachers have experience using the product, but might not be able to program, while programmers may benefit from knowing how teachers and students interact with the technology they create.
1. Why is research important to Moodle?
Research drives the decisions of the community at the earliest stages. It governs the community's future teaching practices and in turn the community's desired functionality for Moodle. An awareness of research allows us to bring these two ends closer together.
2. How should research take place and how should it be encouraged?
Research needs to take place in the way it takes place already, ideally through evidence-based experimentation or study, analysis, the writing of papers, peer review and publication. The Moodle community can encourage relevant research through:
- sharing relevant research among community members (like that shared here),
- providing a platform for researchers to extend the influence of their work (eg, online and at MoodleMoots),
- (in future) providing grants that steer research.
3. How might impact be measured?
There are already well-established measures for research impact. We need to work with those in mind to allow researchers to get the credit that they need in their jobs. From the Moodle community perspective, there is also a desire to utilise research to improve Moodle so that it benefits teachers and students.
In relation to your suggestion, Sean, of bringing together working groups who investigate and enact focussed change on Moodle, we are aiming to do this at the future Australian, US (and possibly) UK MoodleMoots. How well such groups can base their work on research will be interesting.
two new items then:
*(in future) providing grants that steer research.
* In relation to your suggestion, Sean, of bringing together working groups who investigate and enact focussed change on Moodle, we are aiming to do this at the future Australian, US (and possibly) UK MoodleMoots. How well such groups can base their work on research will be interesting.
might be a nice idea for folks to send ideas/designs in advance of events and those selected...e.g. top three might wish to pitch their plans at the actual Moots...conf etc.....to get the winner for the grant each year....or something like that.
sounds like a very good idea Michael.
Were there any specific areas that were identified as being or containing significant gaps when you obtained suggestions for research?
happy to receive spreadsheet...and categorize/theme-up that detail....if helpful.