Category Archives: Research Methods

#reflection of Cognitive Load of Novice Learners

What did I learn today? That asking novice learners to analyse their cognitive load may be over ambitious.
How was it useful? I am trying to measure how much mental effort students have to put into my screencasts.
What thoughts came up ? When they are looking at my screencasts, how much thought will they put into cognitive load? or mental effort? This is not normally reflected on by novice learners (Martin 2014) , why should I expect them to remember?
What did I learn? That every aspect of research has two views – The view of the Researcher, and the view of the subject, those two are not (or are usually not) the same. Why should we expect the subjects to analyse themselves??
What will I do with the information i.e. what next? Measure in a different way? Is that possible? Or highlight the issue to research subjects? Will that create an “observer effect?” – This needs more research….

Martin, S. (2014). Measuring cognitive load and cognition: metrics for technology-enhanced learning. Educational Research and Evaluation,20, 592-621.

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#reflection on Research Terms

What did I learn today? “Epistemology is the Ology of Knowledge” It’s a line from David James in a talk that can be seen below
How was it useful? It helped to identify my approach to knowledge acquisition, not just for Research purposes, but also for material preparation, and general approaches to learning.
What thoughts came up ? That it is a personal thing, how we construct knowledge is affected by how we approach knowledge acquisition, research, and our research will be both informed and “tainted” by our own personal preferences.
What did I learn? Not to get hung up on Epistemology, it IS important, but it is personal and unique to each researchers.
What will I do with the information i.e. what next? Identify my Epistemology, and work within its constraints, recognise that it can never be 100% accurate, it just needs to be supported by reason and argument.