Just imagine how thrilling a blog about research could be! Post after post of likert scales, means and standard deviations and theoretical foundations. Fun . . . right? Exactly! Not fun at all. In this blog we’re going to look at your favorite discipline from the perspective of enjoying what we’re learning rather than drowning it in scholarly gibberish and boring conceptual frameworks. Blech! We’re here to have fun learning about educational technology, and we’re dragging you along with us.
Who are we (and by we I mean me, Suzanne Reinhardt) to propose Ed Tech research fun, you say? I’m a graduate of Michigan State University’s Master’s in Education Technology (MAET) program. I also have a couple of other degrees in Linguistics and English. (English! Not grammar. Don’t judge me.) I have taught ESL in higher ed for many years in exotic places like China and border towns in Mexico. And, also, in slightly less exotic places like . . . wait for it . . . Iowa. After my most recent degree, I was lucky to get a position as an Instructional Design Coordinator at Northeast Iowa Community College.
What kind of fun research are we going to explore, you say? Mostly stuff we here at Ed Tech for the Funky Ones are interested in, which hopefully means subjects you’re interested in. We’ll choose some studies we think have some value and engage an active mind. And most importantly, we’ll ask YOU what you think and how you can apply elements from the study. We also want to know what kind of research calls to you. What do you want to know more about? Educational technology, new knowledge, classroom applications and building a community, what’s not to love? Exactly! Everything. There is everything to love.
I’m also available for consultations. I have helped teachers integrate technology into their lessons, and I have helped design online classes. Please see my portfolio for examples of my work: Suzanne Reinhardt — Educational Technologist.