Is there a connection between the data produced from your Cycles and the research reported in your Literature Review?
There are definitely elements from my literature review that tie into the data I received from my cycles. This was especially evident as I adjusted some of the wording for the second cycle. I also added a few questions to further delve into the teacher/student connection concept as well since it is a part of my literature review but I had nothing to gauge that perception upon besides my research.
How did your AR project turn out for you? Describe as a practitioner, how did this project improve your practice.
There is no doubt that this was a learning process. I had to remind myself of the differences between an Action Research project as opposed to a scientific study several times. My experience in psychology was to step back from the process and let things take their course, but that is the opposite process as Action Research. The constant adjustment to make the research more effective so that you arrive at something more workable. As a practitioner, I made a point to note comments and reactions from my participants, and while I did not change my basic questions. I did find ways to more effectively get to the answers I was looking for.
Is a personal learning environment or an LMO something that could be part of your AR project in the future? Why or why not.
This is an excellent question and one I have been mulling over since it was proposed and since I do work in an LMS that is not of my own design or preference every day in my class. Experience, both through my day to day teaching, and this AR Project, has me realizing some subtle changes that I would do that could see added. My AR project is completely based on feedback to student work, so a more effective and robust LMS platform that would have embedded tools for commenting, in text, voice, and video, would be preferred. Much of the multimedia feedback I created for my participants had to be hosted elsewhere and linked to the participants. A LMS that had built in tools for such feedback would make the grade feedback more secure for the students’ sake, and easier for instructors to offer to students to develop that connection that is critical to a student’s success and enhances the quality and effectiveness of their feedback.