How to Conduct Research About Teaching and Learning

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 -
3:30pm to 4:45pm
University of Iowa Main Library, 1140 LIB

Abstract: What constitutes “evidence” when I study teaching? What is the IRB and do I need to worry about it? Instructors often want to conduct research about student learning in their own classrooms, but have many questions about how to get started. In this presentation, audience members will learn about how to design an educational research study, how to navigate the application process to the Institutional Review Board, and existing sources of support for conducting educational research. In this hands-on presentation, participants will engage in activities that will help them design a research question about an aspect of teaching and learning that interests them.

Sam Van Horne holds a joint appointment as assessment director in the Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology and assessment coordinator in the Office of Assessment. He conducts research about the effectiveness of educational technology, faculty adoption of active learning classrooms, and the factors associated with the overall academic success of undergraduate students. He received both a PhD in Language, Literacy, and Culture and a Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics from the University of Iowa.

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