Our research focuses on the design, development, use and evaluation of
OSCAR learning objects. We are addressing questions such as:
What are the design guidelines to be used in the LO creation process
that lead to high usability of LOs? How can principles from various
domains (such as graphic design, interaction design, multimedia and
animation design) be integrated to formulate the design guidelines? How can we create high quality LOs in multiple domains at a high
production rate ? What is the impact of LOs on students' conceptual understanding,
scientific abilities and attitudes ? What aspects of the LOs need to be evaluated to address the needs of
all the stakeholders ? What evaluation instruments capture a 360 degree
evaluation of the LOs?
Our research involves observations of students interacting with the LOs,
peer review of LOs by faculty subject-matter experts, and user feedback
from students. In the future, we plan to conduct studies on student
learning and use of LOs by teachers. If you are interested in
participating in research studies on the use of OSCAR learning objects
for teaching or learning, please click here.