The Field Of Elearning : Qualitative, Quantitative, And Mixed Methods

2985 Words Sep 7th, 2014 12 Pages
When conducting research in the field of elearning, there are three methods that are considered: qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods. Within the research method, there are many research designs that may be used depending on the type of research being conducted. Case studies, interviews, focus groups, and the analyzation of documents are all common research designs to gather qualitative data. Quantitative data are collected using research designs such as questionnaires that yield numeric responses. A mixed-methods approach uses a combination of qualitative and quantitative designs (Yilmaz, 2013). Regardless of which method and design a scholar in the field of elearning selects, he or she must follow ethical guidelines and professional practices when conducting and reporting research. Neglecting to do so negatively impacts the community, organization, and/or environment for which the researcher seeks to contribute information (Lategan, 2012). In a study of 408 cases reported by the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE) as having ethical conflict, forty-nine different ethical violations were identified with 190 cases having more than one ethical violation (Foo & Wilson, 2012). These violations took place over a span of thirteen years during the time technology began evolving from 1997 to 2010. During the thirteen-year span, there was no significant change in the number of unethical practices taking place in scientific research. This discovery points to…
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