The Critical Researcher - Educational Technology in Practice

The Open University

Course Information

You will gain skills in critically understanding and interpreting research as reported in social and popular media, blogs, institutional reports and academic papers. Whilst there is an emphasis on rigorous applied research and evaluation, you do not need to have experience or knowledge of using particular research methods. You will also be guided in carrying out a small-scale research study and writing a detailed research plan on a topic of your choice.

Vocational relevance

The Critical Researcher – Educational Technology in Practice module from The Open University offers those working in a variety of sectors the opportunity to advance their professional knowledge and skills in critically interpreting and applying research findings from educational technology. It would therefore be particularly valuable if you are taking on responsibility for new initiatives or seeking to demonstrate advancement potential. However, it is also useful for those implementing and evaluating new educational technologies in their workplace, or for those considering strategic directions or new policies.

The module is also suitable if you are considering the possibility of an EdD or a PhD, since it provides an introduction to the postgraduate research skills that such higher degrees require, good evidence of ability to engage with research literature and methods, and individual help with the writing of a research proposal.

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