The effect of learning distance on postgraduate students learning

Assessment:
Pilot Qualitative Research Design in this topic “The effect of learning distance on
postgraduate student learning”
 Step 1: Think of a theme you’d like to examine in your pilot study.
 Then choose Interviewing as one of the QUALITATIVE methods to
carry out a pilot study that would be suitable for this theme.
 PLEASE NOTE – YOU WILL NEED TO USE THE ONLINE VERSION ONLY
AS NO IN-PERSON DATA COLLECTION IS PERMITTED AT THE
MOMENT. Please make it clear in your research design that you
are working online.
 Step 2: undertake a small ‘pilot’ example of the method chosen that you
have carried out which is a couple of interviews transcripts.
 Step 3: Write a report on the process. This should include a total of around
2000 words. As a guide:
A- Use around the first 1000 words to:
– explain the development of the research design – outline the
topic/research rationale (you’ll need to use some academic literature),
– The research strategy (again refer to relevant methodological literature),
the issues about participant recruitment/ sampling, ethical issues, and
practical issues.
– Include the design of the interview schedule, in the technical appendix and
explain its design in your main text.
B- The second 1000 words:
– Should give your initial analysis of, and reflection on, the material you
collected.
– Draw out the coded themes that emerge from this (admittedly very
small) sample. Show that you can choose appropriate extracts.
– Give a short critical reflection on how the method worked.
– Finish by considering what changes, if any, you would make if you were
using this as a pilot for a bigger study on the topic. For example, would
you use this method, would you make any changes to your questions, or
how you recruited people?
 Include:
 (a) bibliography in Harvard style and
 (b) a technical APPENDIX with:
 The interview schedule (i.e. the list of questions)
 A suitably anonymized copy of the two interview transcript
 An example of suitably anonymized material to show the process
by which you undertook the coding.
 Neither bibliography nor appendix count in the word limit.