Employing Delphi Methodology in Educational Technology Research
Tuesday, March 7 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the use and application of Delphi methodology in educational technology research. While the Delphi method is not new, its use in the field of education is not commonplace. Found regularly in business and military research, the Delphi method relies on expert panelist to gain consensus on a topic over a series of data collection “rounds”. Delphi studies can be used to develop field-based forecasts and predictions as well as taxonomies or lists of competencies. Two groups of researchers in the field of educational technology have begun implementation of Delphi studies; one to develop a list of technology competencies for teacher education and the second to develop an inventory of competencies to effectively facilitate instruction in one-to-one learning environments. The panel will present their strategies, struggles and experiences implementing a Delphi study along with the benefits and opportunities this research design brings to the field.