This semester has been quite interesting, yet there is still more to learn about Computer-Mediated Discourse Analysis. Since this is a continuation of the LTEC 6512 qualitative research course, I can see why it does take more effort and time to conduct this type of research.  This is the second course that I’ve taken related to qualitative analysis and there are several take-aways and observations.

  • I can see where conducting qualitative research is beneficial when the study dictates going below the surface of an event or process. Qualitative research analysis is quite different than quantitative analysis.
  • Qualitative analysis affords a researcher the tools to consider information that goes beyond the measurement analysis processes of quantitative analysis.
  • I deal with quantitative analysis process every day at work. I mine different data sources to identify recurring defects in structural and electronic components and systems. The quantitative analysis provides the pointers to the error source. I can see where qualitative data analysis will be helpful in digging deeper into the root cause of these defects.
  • Understanding and using the correct instructional design framework is an important consideration when developing course content.
  • I thought it was quite helpful to see and understand the differences between Positivist and Non-Positivist research methods. Until it was developed in class I didn’t see the difference clearly in my readings.
  • The class content did touch on the various theoretical framework concepts. I think that it would be a great help for the students in Learning Technologies to have a survey course where all of these concepts are presented to provide an in-depth comparative analysis. This would be a great foundational skill development for every student.
  • My concern with both the LTEC 6512 and LTEC 6516 courses is that we didn’t get the hands-on experience that I hoped to develop. Developing and understanding the foundational theory and concepts of qualitative analysis is very important, but a practitioner must have and develop the coding and analysis capabilities.  I feel that I did get a lot of the front-end information, but I severely lacking in the coding and analysis skills.
  • A helpful part of this semesters studies is the concept of continually evaluating what and how I ask interview questions so as to minimize any biases that may directly impact or influence the outcomes of a study.
  • Since I work in a production environment, my focus is to analyze various processes and figure out how to identify and improve them. I have been looking at qualitative analysis processes and I’m trying to figure out how to create a standardized process formula or template that will reduce the amount of pushback and fear surrounding using qualitative analysis tools. After taking these two courses, I still see that there is a huge commitment associated with using this tool in research.
  • As I continue may Ph.D. studies I hope to develop better and consistent coding and analysis skills. I can see where the instructional designs where I work can benefit from this skill set. In a way I see this as learning an new language.

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