Hybrid delivery using Blackboard and Elluminate
Description : This course is a follow-up to Introduction for Research. The course is designed to familiarize schools leaders with appropriate research methodologies that will support action research in schools. Practical application of research as a decision making tool will be emphasized through the using of quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, and other research designs. Completion of an action research project focusing on K-12 impact on student learning is required.
Purpose of the Course: This course is provided as an option to those educational leadership candidates who are choosing the non-file paper route for completion of the Masters degree in educational leadership. The course focuses on developing data analysis and program evaluation skills for school leaders that will lead to lifelong implementation of data-driven decision making at the school level. The course will teach students appropriate data collection, survey development, sampling procedures, accreditation procedures, and statistical analysis both for quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
Introduction to Research EDUC 5053
Course Assignment Overview
1) Decision making in school assignment - School administrators are constantly bombarded with opportunities to make decisions. Many of these have to be made standing in the hallway faced with a serious situation. However, many are not. The purpose of this assignment is for you to investigate how a major decision related to the operation of your school was made. This is a short assignment, but very relative to the purpose of the course.
2) Action Research Project and Presentation – A good instructional leader must be able to identify a problem, investigate the variables impacting the problem, investigate possible solutions, choose one based on gathered information, implement the solution, determine whether or not the solution worked, and then explain what occurred to a group of people. For this course, you will need to do this. Your action research project will have several parts:
3) Midterm and Final Exams – Both exams will be open book and extended time. The purpose of graduate work and this course in particular is not to determine your ability to memorize. It is to determine whether or not you can use the tools you have to think through issues, rationalize solutions, make decisions, and analyze critically. If you were an engineer, we would not want to count on your memory of formulas to building the bridge we drive on. We would like for you to use the resources at hand to build the bridge. Let’s take the same level of professionalism in education.
Course Requirement and Grading Points
1) Decision making in school assignment 25
2) Action Research Project and Presentation 100
3) Midterm Exam 75
4) Final Exam 100
5) Participation (10 discussions X 10 modules) 100
Attendance and Participation–Traditionally a graduate course requires 3 hours of seat time for face to face instruction. In addition, there is an expectation at for each hour you spend in class; you will have spent 6 preparing to adequately participate. The expectation for participation does not change just because the course is a hybrid course. Your participation is evaluated by your ability to engage in informative, justified, well thought out online discussions. Participation will also require you to work through solutions to hypothetical problems. This is practice. The practice will allow you to fully participate in the discussion threads and hopefully ensure success on the exams.
Online Discussions: Participation in a series of graded online discussions throughout the course is required. Discussion topics and study questions are the same. First, discuss the questions in the forum and then respond formally to each by answering them as study questions. Discussions for each module end at the same time the study questions are due. See additional instructions below:
During the online discussion, students should read all of the posts of fellow students. Students should respond to both the assigned discussion prompts and the comments of other students. To receive full credit for this activity, your participation should befrequent and engaged, almost daily. Both your contributions to the discussion and your study question answers should be keyed to the text and to personal experienceand reveal thoughtful reflection. This is intended to be a semi-formal exchange of ideas, more similar to a class discussion than a chat room. Write in complete sentences.