Scaffolding students from knowing to applying: Using COR to teach observational research methods

Carla N. Torgerson, Dawn Blasko, Victoria A. Kazmerski, Jacob A. Cornwell

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Abstract

This paper discusses Courseware for Observational Research (COR), an interactive multimedia program designed to teach methods of observational research from the initial phase of hypothesis generation through the final stage of data analysis and interpretation. The program uses video with interactive coding activities, a case study, and a laboratory component to teach students key concepts and applications. The program is designed to gradually decrease the level of assistance until students are applying the research methods on their own. The case study, in particular, helps students to apply their learning in a realistic setting. Evaluations have shown that COR enhances student confidence and improves learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInteractive Multimedia Electronic Journal of Computer - Enhanced Learning
Volume5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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