ERIC Number: EJ1161329
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Using Analytics to Transform a Problem-Based Case Library: An Educational Design Research Approach
Schmidt, Matthew; Tawfik, Andrew A.
Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, v12 n1 Article 5 Mar 2018
This article describes the iterative design, development, and evaluation of a case-based learning environment focusing on an ill-structured sales management problem. We discuss our processes and situate them within the broader framework of educational design research. The learning environment evolved over the course of three design phases. A semisummative evaluation of student concept maps after the third phase revealed unsatisfactory learning outcomes. This paper focuses on how we investigated design flaws that contributed to poor learning performance. A specific focus of our investigation was the use of Google Analytics data, which uncovered weaknesses in our design. Based on our findings, we used a rapid prototyping process to redesign the learning environment, emphasizing interactive and multimedia-rich elements. Processes and methods are reported along with discussion of implications for case-based reasoning, including relevant design principles. This article will provide insights into resolving design tensions for researchers and practitioners seeking to advance theory and practice in similar domains.
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Educational Research, Instructional Design, Research Design, Educational Environment, Summative Evaluation, Models, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Concept Mapping, Theory Practice Relationship, Web Sites, Undergraduate Students, Electronic Libraries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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