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Publishing research on teaching and learning with technology

October 7, 2010

Many Hunter faculty members are engaged in innovative teaching and learning with technology projects that have the potential to lead to published pieces.  Publishing in this field is often different from publishing in one's own discipline, calling for different types of research questions, data collection, and data analysis, as well as IRB approval.  In this session, four Hunter faculty members shared their experiences developing work for publication and considering journals in which to publish.

Ellen Trief discussed a practice report that will be published in the November issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness. The article highlights evidence-based practices for teaching students who are visually impaired or blind. Teacher candidates analyzed video recordings of their teaching and used the videos as tools for self-reflection. This paper was a collaborative project that Ellen undertook with Jim Lengel, who described the technology, and Elaine Gale, who worked on the literature review.

Wendy Hayden, who is in the early stages of the publishing process, talked about her approach to developing a research project. She is planning to write about ePortfolios in writing education, based on student reflections she is collecting as part of class assignments.  Wendy commented on how thinking about research also helps her teaching because it leads her to better articulate the expectations she has of her students. She also raised questions about how publishing in the newer online/multimedia journals would weight in tenure and promotion and shared a list of journals she is considering.

Brian Lym and Lauren Yannotta reported on an article about using student-created podcasts to assess information literacy learning, which was published in Academic Exchange Quarterly.  Brian and Lauren discussed how they coded their data and offered some post-publication insights about going through the IRB approval process and selecting a journal. Recommendations for selecting a journal include considering how well indexed it is, its impact factor, and whether journal publishes full-text articles online. 

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