Creating simulations for an "introduction to research methods" course

Robert Damian ADAMSON

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This paper describes the production of a software program for Master of Education students studying the “Introduction to Research Methods” course at a tertiary institution in Hong Kong. The course was originally delivered in a lecture mode, which proved unsatisfactory in providing sufficient learning support for the students. The paper describes how the program was designed for a blended learning environment, drawing on constructivist learning principles and the use of stimulations. The software program that emerged was a compromise to resolve a number of tensions, such as the need to present a rationalised, pedagogically-oriented version of a complex and messy reality, and the desire to enhance student autonomy while working within the limitations of technical boundaries. The paper concludes by reflecting on the lessons learnt in the design process. Copyright © 2010 ASCILITE.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)917-931
JournalAustralasian Journal of Educational Technology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010


Adamson, B. (2010). Creating simulations for an "introduction to research methods" course. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 26(7), 917-931.


  • Teaching Development Grant (TDG)
  • TDG project code: T3315
  • Period: TDG 2007-2008
  • Teaching Development Grant (TDG) Output


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