The educational technology internship is an opportunity for independent study in the field of educational technology. This student conducted research examining the role of Legitimate Peripheral Participation in the GNU/Linux community. The student will then present research results in the context of learning to use the statistical programming language 'R'. Further, the student will create an instructional unit teaching basic GNU/Linux skills.
ISTE 5.b. Teachers exhibit leadership by demonstrating a vision of technology infusion, participating in shared decision making and community building, and developing the leadership and technology skills of others.
EDTC 5345 is an appropriate culmination of my graduate studies at Texas State. It combines the strong focus on independent research from other classes with the focus on technology and learning from the educational technology courses. Learning about independent research and then independently conducting a research study greatly improved my understanding of conducting and evaluating research. I have learned to better phrase and think in terms of research questions that might be better evaluated and parsed in examining research findings. Completing statistical analysis and familiarizing myself with the tools of statistical analysis has sharpened my understanding of meaningful research and meaningful findings. (This has been facilitated through individual research and one-to-one consultations with a graduate student of mathematics.)
Long after the research was completed, I am still learning to better analyze and present findings. Also, I am learning to better plan for how a research project might be broken down and best presented meaningfully separate parts.
The research itself is forming the backdrop for presenting the findings. The presentation and evaluation of the findings will form the basis for an online instructional unit in the use of the statistical programming language R. The online lesson will utilize concepts and skills from previous educational technology courses.
|Research Findings||As the first component of my Edtech internship project, I and Iffat Jabeen conducted research into Legitimate Peripheral Participation and Learning in the GNU/Linux community. 4603 respondents completed the survey.||Legitimate Peripheral Participation in the GNU/Linux Community|
|Wiki to Present Research Findings||Using the research data collected, I created a wiki to instruct others on how to use the statistical programming language 'R' to evaluate the data.||Linux Learning Survey Results Wiki|