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Attendance and Participation:

Attendance, promptness and participation are both expected and appreciated. You'll be asked to read your texts and ECR articles prior to class and come prepared to share your opinions of and reactions to them.

Take full advantage of the opportunities this class affords--from meeting educational researchers and analysts in the field to examining how the "research" function unfolds in all sorts of organizations (K-12 schools, colleges and universities, the military, government, the corporate sector, etc.). The connections you'll make and the competencies you'll acquire in this course will positively affect your marketability--your readiness to take on interesting, challenging and well-compensated organizational (or consultative) roles.


Pencil Rubric

Your final grade is determined by your performance on class assignments and -- to a lesser (but still important) extent -- your class participation. I do, however, reserve the right to add or modify assignments as the class progresses. The following depicts the preliminary breakdown of work for the course and each assignment's contribution to your total grade:



Major Project

You'll be conducting a research study that involves data collection, analysis, and reporting. The project allows you to walk through the entire research process: identifying a question or issue to investigate--and setting it in context; conducting a brief lit review (which informs how you'll proceed); designing instruments and collecting the data; and (finally) analyzing data and inferring meaning from your findings.

You'll connect theory and practice--and, in the process, see how inquiry makes us better performance technologists--able to a) elegantly solve an array of performance problems, b) exploit performance opportunities, and c) collaborate in innovative ways with colleagues and peers.

Your grade/score comprises feedback gleaned from our assessment and your own reflective input.

  The research project is comprised of multiple parts/deliverables; altogether it's "worth" 60% of your grade.
230 (58%)

Lit review

Research cannot be undertaken without a thorough review of the literature. Specific parameters of the assignment will be provided in class -- along with example papers. In essence, you'll produce a structured white paper or technical report that generally conforms to APA guidelines.



These are the instruments that you will build (or "adapt/adopt") to collect your data.



The report allows you to present a coherent explanation of the data you collected, and your interpretation of the analysis.


Topic form and proposal

These documents (5 and 10 pts respectively) are planning tools--ensuring the study is well-conceptualized well before you begin collecting data!


Other Requirements


(Not surprisingly) the midterm is scheduled at the halfway point of the semester, and it's worth 20% of your grade.

80 (20%)

Reflections on inquiry featured in the news

You'll be asked to make substantive contributions to our course blog--tasks that altogether are worth 10% of your grade.

30 (7%)

Team Reports You'll submit responses individually at 4 different points during the semester.

40 (10%)

Analysis and writing exercises

You'll work both in groups and independently on exercises that build skills (and confidence) with common analytical techniques--both quantitative and qualitative--including how to describe them to stakeholders and the larger community. Collectively, these exercises comprise 10% of your grade.

20 (5%)



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