Constructivist Online Learning Environments (COLE): A Methodological Analysis
Jing Lin, Julie Tallman, The University of Georgia, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-58-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
The goal of this paper is to examine the current state of research methodologies being applied to constructivist online learning environments through reviewing and comparing methodological aspects of empirical studies (last 5-10 years) related to constructivist online learning environments. Specifically, the paper tries to answer the questions 1) What qualitative approaches to research have been used to examine constructivist on-line learning environments? 2) What kinds of questions are made possible using qualitative research methodologies? and 3) What kinds of questions are excluded? The authors indicate that current literature emphasizes online discussion, but falls short of employing many available qualitative methodologies, thus, ignoring many questions allowed by different qualitative methodologies. The authors hope to indicate the weaknesses existing in the current relevant research, and suggest the possible scope for further research by using different qualitative methodologies.
Lin, J. & Tallman, J. (2006). Constructivist Online Learning Environments (COLE): A Methodological Analysis. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2006--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 410-417). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).