ETEC 643 - Traditional Research Project

Research Proposal Stage:

For my research topic, I chose to focus on using a mobile learning application to enhance learning retention among student assistant technology support staff. After several revisions, I narrowed my focus to address two questions;

 

  1. Does integrating the Slack Application improve student work process execution?   (RQ1)

  2. What effect would integrating the Slack Mobile Application have on improving student work process execution?  (RQ2)

 

After traditional face-to-face instruction on work process was not success among student support staff, I turned to utilize mobile learning. After reviewing several articles on the convenience and growing acceptance of mobile learning, I developed a plan to implement the mobile application a knowledge base source of information of work processes to see if this way of instruction would be widely more accepted and successful.

Instrument Development & Data Collection Plan Stage: 

Utilizing the mixed methods research of both qualitative and quantitative research, I began collecting data with two observational check lists sessions. Both were conducted for a 1-week. The first week I developed a checklist that was to observe without mobile intervention. This observation was to compare the frequency in specific area of work processes that were categorized and given a number to reference. The second week observed following the same criteria with adding the integration of the mobile app. I also conducted a 10-minute assessment test regarding work process set up with no intervention help to assess if mobile app integration had an effect on the participant. The information concluded from the observational checklists provided information for the quantitative data collection. For the qualitative collection, I conducted a 15- minute face-to-face interview with each participant to find out their perception of the mobile application.

Analysis Pan Stage:

Throughout this process it provided a better understanding of mobile applications and student learning. Data collection methods and data analysis were a big part of this research, since I had five participants.  With a smaller group to observe, I wanted to ensure there was enough data collected in order to address the research questions. Moving on for future studies, I would like to expand the sample group to other various departments who have students technology support as well as used multiple mobile applications to then see if the results vary across mobile applications.

Reflecting Stage:

Throughout this process it provided a better understanding of mobile applications and student learning. Data collection methods and data analysis were a big part of this research, since I had five participants.  With a smaller group to observe, I wanted to ensure there was enough data collected in order to address the research questions. Moving on for future studies, I would like to expand the sample group to other various departments who have students technology support as well as used multiple mobile applications to then see if the results vary across mobile applications.

Course Reflection:

Throughout this process of Traditional Research, I gained a lot of knowledge to really understand traditional research. Like the previous research course, revisions were a big part of my study this time around as well. Constant changes of the RQ's and assessing and reassessing of the data collection methods to ensure the right data collected to address each RQ. Even though I only had five participants, this small sample sized allowed me to go in depth and collect a lot of information through weeks of visual observation and through observation on the mobile application itself. With introducing this mobile application to my student support staff for this study, it has allowed the availability of open communication between the group to allow more knowledge sharing opportunities after the study concluded. 

Coursework Examples:

Slack Mobile App Conversations

Observation Checklist Example

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