Systematic Reviews in Educational Technology Research: Potential and pitfalls

ID: 52982 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Melissa Bond and Svenja Bedenlier, University of Oldenburg, Germany
  2. Katja Buntins and Michael Kerres, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  3. Olaf Zawacki-Richter, University of Oldenburg, Germany

Tuesday, June 26 3:50 PM-4:10 PM Location: De Wallen View on map

Presider: Ioana Ghergulescu, Adaptemy, Ireland

Abstract: In the past decade, the popularity of systematic reviews in the field of educational technology has grown rapidly. They allow researchers to explicitly and critically appraise data from a range of studies, synthesizing findings to identify research gaps and to inform practice and policy. This paper focuses primarily on one systematic review currently being undertaken in Germany, which seeks to understand how student engagement is affected by educational technology in higher education. As student engagement is a complex construct, an overview of the theoretical framework will be provided, alongside how its reimagining effected the searching, screening and coding of articles. The potential and possible pitfalls of undertaking systematic reviews will also be reflected upon, as identified in the current review and within the broader educational technology literature.


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