Virtual MethodLab

In the virtual MethodLabs, we explore new methods and research designs through webinars. Each MethodLab lasts for approximately 90 minutes and is interactive – so come prepared to have deeper discussions! The events are free, but registration is required.


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Upcoming Events

09.11.2020, 13.15 CET: Design-based research

Speaker: Arthur Bakker


27.11.2020, 16.00 CET: Rasch Modeling

Speaker: Mingyang Liu


Past events

11.03.2020, 16.00 CET: Activity theory and social network analysis

Speaker: Victoria Murphy

Activity theory and social network analysis are both frameworks that draw on specific theories, methods, and analysis techniques. This webinar will go through some of the common approaches of both frameworks, starting from the theories and then thinking about how these have been operationalised in research designs. The session will finish with consideration of whether the two can be combined and if so, how.

21.02.2020, 15.00 CET: Qualitative analysis of multimodal data

Speaker: Crina Damsa

This webinar will offer insights into what it means to analyze rich sets of qualitative data. This data, for example, (video)recordings of verbal or non-verbal interaction, interviews, observations, require in-depth analyses and sophisticated interpretations. The aim is to support participants to understand qualitative content analysis in connection with other types of analyses applied to rich datasets. For example, interaction analysis supports interpretations of dialogues in educational contexts; while, other data can be used to generate complementary interpretations. The aim will be addressed by:

a) Presenting and discussing foundations for thinking and working qualitatively;
b) Exploring and coding sampled interaction data; engaging in-depth with a data excerpt generated through coding;
c) Relating the sampled data to other data types and combining interpretations.

31.03.2020, 15.00 CET: A Primer on Meta-Analysis

Meta-analysis is a powerful method to synthesize research evidence. Defined as an “analysis of analyses” (Glass, 1976), this webinar aims to offer a primer on what meta-analysis is and how we can use it in research on learning and instruction. More specifically, we will focus on three questions.

  • First, how do we search for literature to include in our meta-analysis?
  • Second, how do we code and analyze the included studies?
  • And third, how do we write a scientific report on the outcomes of our meta-analytic review?

We will aim to answer these questions based on provided examples and shared discussions among the webinar participants. In closing the webinar, we will also discuss what journal reviewers typically look for when evaluating a meta-analytic manuscript submitted to a journal in the field of research on learning and instruction.

Speaker: Andreas Gegenfurtner

03.06.2020, 15.00 CET: RShiny – Making your research and teaching more interactive

Speakers: Dominik E. Froehlich & Christoph Helm

This MethodLab will be about RShiny. We talk about how RShiny can be used to disseminate your research in more dynamic ways. We will also illustrate how RShiny can be used in non-research findings, for example teaching and general administration.

Here is the rough agenda of the event.

00:00 Why RShiny?
00:05 Adaptive Testing (Christoph)
00:20 Research Dissemination (Christoph & Dominik)
00:35 Data Transformation Tool (Dominik)
00:50 What else can be done? The skype is the limit!
00:55 What do I need to do it?
01:05 How to get started?
01:15 Discussion and Q&A with the experts

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