Research by Design
What you'll learn
- Define and explain the concept of design-based research and how it differs from other research methodologies.
- Formulate effective research questions that address both design and impact, bridging the gap between theory and practice in design-based research.
- Understand the process of iterative design, including the importance of trial and error, testing, analysis, and iteration in improving a design.
- Appreciate the role of collaboration in design-based research, including working with various stakeholders and co-creating knowledge.
- Balance theory and practice in design-based research, using a theoretical framework to guide initial design and then verify using data.
- Apply the practices of reflection and revision in design-based research.
- Understand the role of context in design-based research.
- Identify common challenges in design-based research and develop strategies to overcome these challenges.
- Apply the knowledge and skills gained in this course to a small-scale design-based research project.
- Basic Research Understanding: A general understanding of research methods and the nature of scientific inquiry can be beneficial. However, this is not strictly necessary as the course will cover the basics of design-based research.
- Critical Thinking: The ability to analyze information objectively and make reasoned judgments will be helpful in understanding and applying design-based research principles.
- Teamwork and Collaboration: As design-based research often involves working with others, previous experience in team-based projects could be beneficial.
- Communication Skills: Good written and oral communication skills are important for articulating research questions, discussing findings, and collaborating with others.
- Computer with Internet Access: As this is an online course, learners will need a reliable computer with internet access to watch course videos, participate in discussions, and access course materials.
- Note-Taking Materials: Learners may find it useful to have materials for taking notes during the course, whether digitally or using traditional pen and paper.
Welcome to "Research by Design: A Practical Guide about Design-Based Research for Beginners". This comprehensive online course is designed to provide an in-depth exploration of design-based research, an innovative and practical research methodology that is gaining widespread recognition in various fields.
In a series of digestible video units of 5 minutes each, we will embark on an immersive journey into the world of design-based research. This course is targeted at Bachelor's students from a wide array of disciplines, though it is equally valuable for anyone interested in learning about a research approach that effectively bridges the gap between theory and practice.
In the first section of the course, we begin with an introduction to the concept of design-based research, tracing its origins, evolution, and unique appeal in contemporary research landscapes. You'll learn about the key characteristics that set design-based research apart from other research methodologies and understand why it is an increasingly preferred approach in many fields.
Next, we delve into the heart of design-based research. This section will elucidate the core processes involved in this research approach: formulating research questions, creating a design, testing and refining the design in real-world settings, and analyzing the data collected during this process. Each step will be illustrated with practical examples and real-world case studies, making the concepts easy to grasp and apply.
In the third section, you'll get a chance to actively engage with the material. Here, you'll be guided through a hands-on activity that will allow you to apply what you've learned by developing a mini design-based research project. This interactive exercise is designed to reinforce your understanding of the methodology and hone your skills in applying it.
Our final section wraps up the course with a comprehensive review of the key concepts and principles of design-based research. We'll also explore how this research approach can be applied in different contexts and how to overcome common challenges that may arise in the process. This section will equip you with valuable strategies and resources for further study, setting you up for success in your future research endeavors.
In addition to the video lectures, this course also offers supplementary resources such as workbooks and documents for further reading. These resources will support your learning and serve as valuable references as you navigate the exciting world of design-based research.
By the end of this course, you will have a thorough understanding of design-based research and will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to apply this methodology in your own research projects. Whether you're an aspiring researcher, an educator, a designer, or a curious learner, "Research by Design: A Practical Guide about Design-Based Research for Beginners" offers a valuable exploration of this dynamic research approach. Enroll today and embark on a journey of discovery and learning!
Who this course is for:
- Undergraduate Students: Specifically, students pursuing degrees in fields such as Education, Psychology, Computer Science, or Design might find this course particularly relevant. It can serve as an excellent primer for those interested in design, human-computer interaction, or educational technology.
- Aspiring Researchers: Those planning to embark on a career in research, especially in areas that involve the design and testing of interventions, technologies, or educational programs, would find this course beneficial.
- Educators and Instructional Designers: Professionals involved in designing educational experiences or curriculum could gain valuable insights into how their designs impact learning and how they can systematically study and improve these designs.
- Product Designers and Developers: Individuals involved in the creation and improvement of user-centered products or services may gain new perspectives on how to approach their design processes and measure impact.
- Curious Learners: Anyone with an interest in research, design, or the intersection of the two could gain valuable insights from this course. If you're curious about how design impacts the world around you and how to study it effectively, this course could be an excellent fit.
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Hallo, ich bin Dominik. Ich habe einen Doktor der Sozialwissenschaften und andere akademische Abschlüsse in Wirtschaft, Informatik und Bildungswissenschaft. Ich forsche in sehr unterschiedlichen Feldern, die Gemeinsamkeit ist aber immer der Fokus auf wissenschaftliche Methoden. Ich bin Experte für Themen der Datensammlung, Datenauswertung und des wissenschaftlichen Schreibens und freue mich, mein Wissen mit dir zu teilen!
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Hi there, my name is Dominik E. Froehlich, PhD and I am an award winning researcher and Higher Ed teacher. My work focuses on research methodology; especially social network analysis and mixed methods research.
Concerning social network analysis: I am an active researcher of social networks for quite a few years now. I mostly study networks in the domain of learning and instruction, but occasionally I ventured to other fields, such as organization and management. I'm well published in this field in terms of academic articles, I'm editing a book about social network analysis with a well-known publisher, and my work on social networks has won international academic awards.