Week 5
July 18 – 24


Important Dates:

    • Base Group Checkin – Due Wed
    • Live Meetings – Thursday, July 21 at 9pm (EST). Join here: https://msu.zoom.us/j/4890140039 .
    • Everything else – Sunday night at 11:59pm (EST)
    • Readings – Are discussed online via Piazza (just follow links)

Also, by now we hope that you can turn things in via your portfolio. If not, you can still use the Google Drive links. If your portfolio has a password, please email Cary, Matt, Josh, and Colin w/ the password.

IMPORTANT: There are several big projects ahead, including several article critiques, and a research proposal. You cannot wait until the week they are due to be successful, please look ahead and plan ahead!



Check-in Question: What is something that you’re good at but don’t value? What is something that you aren’t good at but wish you were?You do not have permission to view this form.


  • This week, begin work your digital story about your Research Interests (details on the digital storytelling page)
  • Remember to read the entire description of the assignment.





  • By Sunday 11:59pm, upload your draft research proposal to the dropbox folder.
  • For details, see Step #4 (Draft Proposal) of the RDP page.




Randomized Experiments, Gold Standards and Rigor

Remler, D.K. & Van Ryzin, G.G. (2010). (Chapter 12) Randomized field experiments. Research methods in practice: Strategies for description and causation (pp. 395-426). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. [discussion: Q1 Q2 Q3 ] [RVR Ch. 12 QUIZ]

Phillips (2006). A guide for the perplexed: Scientific educational research, methodology, and the gold versus platinum standards. Educational Research Review, 15-26. [discussion: Q1 Q2 Q3 ]

[**OPTIONAL**] Derry, G. (1999). Chapter 13: Contentious questions: The shadowy borderlands of science. In What science is and how it works (pp. 174-188). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.[ discussion: ]

[**OPTIONAL**] Derry, G. (1999). Chapter 15: Questions of legitimacy: The postmodern critique of science. In What science is and how it works (pp. 207-214). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.[ discussion: ]

Ed Tech

Gee, J. P. (2007). Learning and games. In K. Salen (ed.), The Ecology of Games: Connecting Youth, Games, and Learning (pp. 21-40). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. dpi: 10.1162/dmal.9780262693646.021.3646.021. [discussion: Q1, Q2, Q3 ]




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