|Hans van Buuren (The Netherlands)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
In 1998, the Open University of the Netherlands (OUNL) launched a Statistics and Research Methods innovation project, which aims (1) to have students within asynchronous distributed learning groups use the OUNL Extranet for computer-mediated communication, co-ordination and collaboration (CMC) so as (2) to acquire quantitative Research Methods and Data Analysing Skills by repeatedly performing a complete case based research assignment, and (3) to let such skills improve gradually by targeting twelve 'increasing levels of Statistics and Research methods competence'. A series of pilot studies will be set up to build a 'Virtual Research Centre' (VRC). The main thrust of the innovation project is that it acts as the frontrunner for an integral redesign of the Psychology Curriculum.
The project is based on a holistic practice oriented approach to teach
statistics and research methods. Each student is required to perform a
complete research cycle, going through the stages of:
Using the VRC to frame the Statistics and Research Methods study tasks,
we experimentally explore the fundamental premise, that acquiring Statistics
and Research Methods competence by distance learning is 'best' enhanced
by combination and integration of three disciplines:
However, this is not to say that study assignments should be completely
virtual: students definitively have to experience what it means to be
an interviewer or data analyst.
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