How am I preparing for data collection?
As I prepare for data collection next week, I am compiling my research proposal and reviewing my framework. This week I was able to meet and talk to three (3) of the Givercraft Teachers through the preparations and trainings we conducted in our #OLTAK (EDET 674 – Online Learning and Teaching) course. These teachers were introduced to the MinecraftEdu Teacher Tools and have been tasked with building their own class zones in the game world. During the training we discussed tools and strategies that teachers would use in the game world to manage students. The teachers will each need to figure out how their classroom management plan/style applies to monitoring students in the game world and they will also be responsible for enforcing the Givercraft Community Agreement.
Some of my data collection tools will automatically capture data during the Givercraft experience. I have written my posts for the Google Group for teachers and will post them after my research proposal is approved and before Monday when Givercraft begins. This topic thread will track teacher reported behavior issues during the experience and will be saved as one of my data documents. The same thing will happen for a Google Hangout chat; I will add all the Givercraft teachers to a Hangout chat window that will be used to capture any reported issues and allow teachers to share and collaborate on the tools they are using to manage their students in the game world. The game chat history will need to be saved either daily or at the end of the experience. The other option I have is to save it after my observation of each teacher. I have printed my observation protocol sheets; I am going to try taking paper notes and then use the computer if needed. Being in the game for Givercraft will be challenging enough to follow teachers; I might have to screencast while I follow them and record my observations from watching the screencast video. I have also changed my group interview into individual teacher interviews since not all teachers attended the same trainings and coordinating a time for all teachers to be together will be challenging. I have completed my research proposal and am awaiting approval before proceeding with my data collection tools.