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ERIC Number: EJ1399190
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2023
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
EISSN: EISSN-2414-6994
Grounding, Framing, and Problematising Research in Online, Distance and Digital Education
Lim, David C. L.; Zawacki-Richter, Olaf; Jung, Insung
Asian Association of Open Universities Journal, v18 n2 p187-199 2023
Purpose: This paper engages Olaf Zawacki-Richter and Insung Jung in a frank and penetrating conversation that seeks to ground, frame, and problematise research in the field conceptualised as "open, distance and digital education" (ODDE). Taking as starting point the recent publication of the landmark "Handbook of Open, Distance, and Digital Education" (2022), it segues into a broad critique of the shortcomings of ODDE research, the importance of knowledge production on the meso- and macro-levels, the autonomy of ODDE as a field coming into its own, the place of postfoundationalism in ODDE discourse, and related topics that are pivotal in ODDE today. Design/methodology/approach: The semi-structured interview was employed as the primary qualitative research method. Findings: The research imperative of the relatively young but complex field of ODDE today is not the incessant reiteration of the same but rather a strategic reorientation that, first, circumvents the well-documented yet too-often-overlooked shortcomings of ODDE research and, second, promotes transboundary collaborations with the potential for system-wide impact. Originality/value: This novel interview-based critique of ODDE research demonstrates that extending the scholarly discourse beyond the conventional report format is a productive method for enriching conversations on ODDE and vitalising the field itself.
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Language: English
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