Using the problem based learning method and educational technologies to teach open data: A design-based research approach

Dermentzi, Eleni, Zotou, Maria, Tambouris, Efthimios and Tarabanis, Konstantinos (2022) Using the problem based learning method and educational technologies to teach open data: A design-based research approach. Education and Information Technologies. pp. 1-24. ISSN 1360-2357 (In Press)

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Abstract

With Open Data becoming more popular and more public bodies publishing their datasets, the need for educating prospective graduates on how they can use them has become prominent. This study examines the use of the Problem Based Learning (PBL) method and educational technologies to support the development of Open Data skills in university students. The study follows a Design Based Research approach and consists of three phases: a) examination of stakeholders’ needs, b) design of an Open Data module, and c) re-design of the module based on the outcomes of its first run. The data collected throughout the three phases come from various sources, namely interviews with practitioners, focus groups with students, and tutors’ reflection. The findings suggest that while the PBL method is suitable for Open Data education, special care should be taken to ensure that the potential of educational technologies is fully realised. The study concludes with design principles that aim to guide instructors on how they can incorporate the PBL method and digital tools into Open Data education effectively.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: The work presented in this paper was carried out in the context of the ODEdu project, which is funded by the European Commission within the Erasmus+ Programme under grand agreement No. 562604. The authors would like to thank the consortium of the project that contributed to the development of the Open Data content and the PBL model.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Problem-Based Learning, Open Data, Design Based Research, Educational Technologies, Higher Education
Subjects: X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2022 11:29
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2022 14:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/48657

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