ERIC Number: ED476925
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Researcher's Voice in Web-Based Course Management Systems.
Castano, Marianne S.
This paper describes the experiences of researchers conducting research using an online course for the professional development of middle school mathematics and science teachers. The paper also offers recommendations to developers of course management systems (CMS). The online course focused on strategies that promoted gender equitable pedagogy and practice to classroom instruction. The paper suggests that if a researcher, or someone knowledgeable about what researchers require and do with data, referred to in this paper as "researcher's voice," is made an integral part of the creative team of a CMS, researchers would be more likely to trust the accuracy of the data yielded by a CMS and rely on the stability of a system to collect and present data in its original format. The paper highlights three experiences that speak to this need. The first one deals with loss of data, the loss of presurvey data collected through an online survey but not stored, for unknown reasons, in the system's database. The second concerns the accuracy of course statistics offered by the system, and the third discusses the importance of keeping the original formatting and text of threaded messages where the data is exported to an external site. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 22-24, 2003).