Shaping the research agenda with cyber research assistants

Henderson, Lyn (2007) Shaping the research agenda with cyber research assistants. In: Gibson, David, Aldrich, Clark, and Prensky, Marc, (eds.) Games and Simulations in Online Learning: research and development frameworks. Information Science Publishing, Hershey, PA, USA, pp. 366-385.

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Games and simulations in online learning are energizing development in learning and teaching and therefore of great interest to the research community. This chapter reflects on a few of the innovative methods currently in use to capture and report user data for education assessment and sets out new ideas for shaping the research agenda as applications become more capable of effective high level analysis of qualitative simulation and game data. Three areas are briefly explored. Cyber research assistants are defined and their achievements explored. Issues such as longitudinal studies, transference, and international collaboration are discussed Finally, ethical considerations are raised. A case is outlinedfor students and teachers in various contexts to have access to the returned data in order to take ownership of subsequent learning and teaching actions. The chapter concludes with a call for the integration of teachers, students, researchers, governments, granting bodies, and computer scientists as important players in the research conversation. The chapter aims to describe the shape of an education research agenda targeting students playing online games and simulations in classrooms from kindergarten through higher education levels.

Item ID: 2991
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-59904-304-3
Keywords: research; educational games; simulations; online learning; classroom education; cyber research assistants; cyber research
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Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2009 01:33
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 40%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing @ 30%
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