A Hybrid Online Research Instrument beyond the Traditional Web Survey and its Application

By Jingjing Zhang, Chris Davies, Setsuo Yokoyama and Youzou Miyadera.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Given the current proliferation of web surveys, more creative views about potential future forms of survey research merit serious attention. This paper advocates exploration and experiment in the use of an innovative hybrid survey-like instrument. The framework and the implementation of this developed online research instrument are presented as a possible approach to a potentially valuable new research strategy. There follows a discussion of its application in a pilot project.

Keywords: Survey, Hybrid, Online, Interactive, Methods, Observation, Strategy

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.151-158. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 767.742KB).

Jingjing Zhang

PhD Student, Department of Education, University of Oxford, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Jingjing Zhang graduated from Beijing Normal University in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, with university distinction and outstanding student honours. She also was a recipient of a university scholarship, given annually to students in the area who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. As an undergraduate, she was awarded 2003 AIEJ Scholarship for a one year exchange study at Tokyo Gakugei University. Her early research in information visualisation of university course relationships led to an educational product at the Department of Computer Science. She then received an MRes degree at University College London and an MSc degree at Oxford University in 2005 and 2006, respectively. Currently she is on track to earn a DPhil degree in Education (funded by ORS and Clarendon Scholarship) at Oxford University, looking into the complexity of research activities, mainly focusing on how social networks in support of academic dialogue impacts on the implementation of collaborative research itself, and to what extent they potentially constitute the basis of a learning environment for academics.

Chris Davies

Course Director of MSc e-Learning, Department of Education, University of Oxford, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Chris Davies leads the e-Learning Research Group at the Oxford University Education Department. He was the lead education expert in the collaborative team which conceptualized and designed Immersive Education’s kar2ouche software, and led the research project investigating its impact within classrooms. He was lead author for the UK version of Intel’s Teach to the Future programme. He is a Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute. As Vice President of Kellogg College he helped to expand provision for part-time study at Oxford University, as well as managing the process of designing and gaining planning consent for new college buildings. He is Course Director for the Oxford University MSc in e-Learning, and is currently Project Director for a Becta-funded study looking at young people's uses of technology for learning away from school.

Setsuo Yokoyama

Professor, Computing & Networking Center, Tokyo Gakugei University, Tokyo Gakugei University, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Gakugei University (TGU), Japan. Setsuo Yokoyama was born at Shizuoka Prefecture on February 3, 1945. He received the B.Eng., M.Sc and D.Sc degrees from School of Science and Engineering, Waseda University in 1968, 1970, and 1974, respectively. He got a job as a research assistant at TGU in 1974 and is now a Professor of the TGU. His specialty was Theoretical Physics at Waseda University. But since coming to TGU, his specialty has been educational technology, focusing on the application of ICT in school education. He is a member of the Information Processing Society of Japan, the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers and the Japan Society for Educational Technology.

Dr Youzou Miyadera

Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Information Science, Tokyo Gakugei University, Tokyo Gakugei University, Tokyo, Japan

Youzou Miyadera was born on March 22, 1962. He received the B.Sc., M.Sc and D.Sc. degrees in engineering Science from Tokyo Denki University in 1984, 1986 and 1998, respectively. He was a member of the Department of Information Sciences at Tokyo Denki University as Instructor since April 1986 to March 1997. He has been a member of the Department of Mathematics and Information Science at Tokyo Gakugei University as associate professor. His current research interests include drawing algorithms for trees, programming language education environments and program analysis. He is a member of IEEE Computer Society, ACM, the Information Processing Society of Japan, the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers, Japan Society for Information and Systems in Education, and the Japan Society for Software Science and Technology.

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