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Teaching & Learning Center (TLC): Ed Research Course

A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Teaching & Learning Center (TLC) is an innovative center and University-wide resource that promotes teaching excellence, development opportunities, and activities across all University programs.

TLC Introduction to Educational Research Methods Course

The TLC Team personally invites you to consider applying for the TLC Introduction to Educational Research course.

Applications for the TLC Introduction to Educational Research course will be open again in Spring 2022.

The 2020 TLC Introduction to Educational Research course is for those interested in developing their own educational research agenda. This 10-week course will be an introductory overview of many of the procedures commonly used in educational research. Foundational concepts will be covered, including:

- Overview of the Research Process
- Formation of Research Questions
- Basics of Conducting Literature Reviews
- Types of Research Methods
- Data Collection Procedures
- Common Data Analysis Techniques
- Identifying Funding Sources
- Research Ethics

Course Goals: Participants will be better able to discuss and critically evaluate the educational research publications, and be better prepared to plan and carry out their own educational research, or to contribute as part of a research team.

Course Format: The course takes place over 10-weeks, where participants meet virtually once per week for 1.5 hours. Besides the weekly meetings, participants are expected to complete approximately 4-6 hours of instructional activities outside of class (homework) each week.

Location: Zoom
Time: Monday @ 1 to 2:30 PM (AZ) / 2 to 3:30 PM (MO)
Date: Spring 2022

Course Expectations: To earn the certificate of completion, participants will:

- Attend and participate in 80% of the ten 1.5 hour meetings
- Earn at least a 70% average on all class assignments
- Submit a formal written 5-page research proposal

Course Benefits: With support from various ATSU experts, participants will have a structured time to focus on enhancing their knowledge and skills in conducting educational research. Participants will also benefit from collegial conversations and brainstorm with others from across the University system. Colleagues are welcome to participate together in order to collaborate during the course; however, each person must submit a separate application. Furthermore, upon completion, participants will earn an official certificate of completion that can be used for consideration for promotion.

Pre-requisites: The Introduction to Educational Research course is specifically designed for participants with little to no experience with conducting educational research. However, it is also beneficial for anyone with experience, at any level. Participants should also have basic computer skills that include, at a minimum, experience logging into a website, interacting with a web page, (i.e., navigating websites, clicking hyperlinks, viewing videos, uploading files, etc.), as well as using professional reports using word processing software (i.e., Microsoft Word or Google Docs).

Technical Requirements: To be able to successfully complete the training, participants are required to have consistent access to a computer with reliable internet connectivity. Due to the online nature of this course, participants should have a computer that meets the University minimum requirements for operating systems (Windows 8 or higher, Mac OS 10.10 or higher, iOS 7.0 or higher iPad), business programs (PDF reader, word processor, presentation software), webcam with microphone or headphones.

Content Delivery: This course is all online delivered via Canvas, consisting of both synchronous meetings and asynchronous self-study. Participation will happen two ways, 1) by attending live virtual meetings, and 2) by completing instructional activities prescribed in Canvas.

Eligibility: To be considered, participants have to first submit an application indicating that they can meet the expectations described above. Applications for the TLC Introduction to Educational Research course are now open until Friday, September 25th at 5 PM (AZ). On a first-come, first-served basis, applications will be reviewed and approved on a rolling basis.

Please let us know what questions you have.

Looking forward to the chance to work with you!


The TLC Team

Teaching & Learning Center
A.T. Still University
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