In my last two blog posts I presented overviews about my research within the eHealth and multimodal interaction domains, respectively. Now, the time has come for an overview of my pedagogical research. This blog post will focus on research that has been presented at pedagogical conferences and in books – my research on multimodal learning environments, which has not been published at such venues, is covered in my previous blog post.
What have I done related to pedagogical research?
When it comes to research related to pedagogy, my focus has mainly been on the use of social media in higher education courses. I have conducted studies on both Twitter and teacher administrated Facebook groups in courses I have been responsible for at KTH and Uppsala University. In those studies, I have mainly looked at how social media can be used as complementary communication channels and how these kinds of media affect the interaction among students and between students and teachers. The blog image above illustrates one of the contributions from my research in this area – a book chapter about the use of Twitter in a large course in communication, which I wrote with my colleague Pernilla Josefsson. You can read more about the chapter here. The chapter describes the only study on social media that I performed at KTH. You can read about another study, based on a teacher-administrated Facebook-group, in this blog post.
In total, my pedagogical research has, up until today, resulted in the following three conference proceedings at pedagogical conferences:
- A teacher-led Facebook group as a complementary communication channel. The pedagogical conference at the disciplinary domain of science and technology at Uppsala University 2018 (Authors: Jonas Moll and Pernilla Josefsson).
- Unexpected Student Behaviour and Learning Opportunities: Using the Theory of Planned Behaviour to Analyse a Critical Incident. Frontiers in Education 2017 (Authors: Åsa Cajander, Mats Daniels, Diane Golay, Jonas Moll, Aletta Nylén, Arnold Pears, Anne-Kathrin Peters and Roger McDermott)
- Microblog use in higher education: an exploratory study of student and teacher communication with Twitter as a backchannel. KTH Scholarship of Teaching and
Learning 2015 (Authors: Pernilla Josefsson, Jonas Moll)
and the following popular science contribution (in Swedish):
- Twitter i en kommunikationskurs. Published in the book Digitalisering av högre utbildning, editor Stefan Hrastinski. (Authors: Jonas Moll, Pernilla Josefsson)
My ongoing pedagogical research
I’m currently not involved in any data collection activities related to this research area, but I’m still analyzing the data I have already collected from the study on Twitter in a higher education course that I mentioned above. A journal article about the study will soon be submitted to a journal focusing on educational research. I will of course write more about this later on.
Upcoming pedagogical research
There is still a lot that remains to be decided regarding my involvement in pedagogical research at Örebro University. I will of course continue trying to incorporate social media in different ways in courses that I teach and I will also continue to analyze the data from the Twitter study from different perspectives – there is a lot of interesting data there!
A few days ago I also found out about small grants that teachers and researchers at the university can apply for. These university specific grants should be used for pedagogical development projects. Similar funding opportunities were offered by Uppsala University, but I never applied during my years as a postdoc there. This year, however, I will take the chance to apply for some funding for a project related to pedagogical development. The deadline is in the second half of September and I will start writing on the project plan any day now. I will focus my application on haptic feedback in education and I will of course get back to this as work progresses. If the project is funded I will work on it during 2020.