Delphi Study


Researching Educational Technologies

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Delphi Study Research

20% Contribution to your course grade

  • 5% Round 1 Conjoint Survey (up to 5 options)

  • 5% Round 1 Analysis (up to 5 points)

  • 5% Round 2 Conjoint Survey (up to 5 options)

  • 5% Round 2 Analysis (up to 5 points)

Portfolio item due Friday 9am Week 9

Your third portfolio assignment is to develop a consensus of what may occur in the future with regards to an educational technology in an educational organisation.

You will be expected to:

  • Conduct a conjoint survey on the future impact of an educational technology or range of technologies;

  • Analyse this survey to identify a consensus on the options presented;

  • Conduct a second conjoint survey informed by your analysis on the future impact of a range of educational technologies;

  • Analyse your second survey to identify the consensus on the options presented, and explain differences from the first survey.

Conduct a Delphi Study for recommending Educational Technologies for an organisation. You will use the conjoint pair tool AllOurIdeas for your Delphi surveys, and conduct two rounds of the survey with analysis between.

Each conjoint pair survey will ask a single question and provide your participants with at least 10 options to choose between. This will generate a ranking of these 10 options in response to your question. The question should relate to educational technologies being potentially used in an educational organisation e.g. which educational technology should a school focus its efforts?; what is the most effective educational technology for online learning?; which educational technology best supports project-based learning? etc.

You may choose the educational organisation - a school, university, language course, etc. and any other contextual matter e.g. country, school system, etc. in which to set your question.

You may NOT have your participants generate the options for your research question and you should turn off the ability for them to contribute in the "Manage this Page" by unchecking "Show add new idea box".

You then need to find at least 10 people to participate in your Delphi surveys. Ideally, these would be experts in the field - teachers, academics, education technologies developers, etc. that could contribute their expertise in developing a consensus on your question, however, for your assignment, you may include friends, family, colleagues, etc. that are willing to participate - they do not need to have particular expertise in answering the question.

You do need to ask you question twice, i.e. conduct two conjoint surveys, with the results of your first survey provided to participants along with your analysis of these results - what they mean. This will let your participants consider this first round of consensus when they take the survey again (you can make some changes to the survey as a result of your first round of analysis but it should address the same question), and the result of the second survey, the differences between the surveys, and the overall process should inform your final Delphi Study analysis.

You may submit your Delphi Study assignment at the end of week 9 in which case feedback and marks will be provided by the end of week 12. You may, however, submit up until week 12, but feedback and marks will then not be available until week 14.

Your Delphi Study has an overall word length of no more than 1000 words, while you must include a link to your survey, you will detail the results and your analysis in a text that address the assessment criteria.

There will be four criteria you should address:

  • Conjoint Surveys (Explored in Week 4); Describing your participants, your research question, your list of responses, and the process of creating your survey.

  • Survey Analysis (Explored in Week 5); Describing your survey results, and an analysis of the survey results. You can include the AllOurIdeas data visualisations and rankings.

  • Second Conjoint Survey round; Describing your second-round survey, focusing on any changes made as a result of your first round; and

  • Overall analysis. Describing your final survey results, differences from round one, and an analysis of the results. You can include the AllOurIdeas data visualisations and rankings.

There is no suggested structure, but each criteria is of equal weight.