The paper 'Studying through the Internet without Necessarily Meeting at One Point as a Formal Class" is a good example of management coursework. Research is a very important aspect of studying a certain phenomenon. Research is used to test the hypothesis of a situation and credit or discredit them based on evidence collected about the problem (Donna 1998, pp. 34-36). In this case, Hara and Kling were interested in exploring the aspect of studying through the internet without necessarily meeting at one point as a formal class (Hara & Kling 2002, pp.
63). The problem that is addressed in the research This research is basically about online learning. Given the advent of the internet as a result of evolved technology, many institutions of higher learning are now embarked on finding ways that can support learning for students who cannot make it to class perhaps because of the distance or other commitments such as work. Hara and Kling’ s intention was to study in-depth the distress that students go through while attending virtual classes. The researcher, in this case, acknowledges that even though learning has moved from the traditional one where students were used to meeting in a normal classroom environment, the new method is not problem-free.
This is because like traditional classroom environment attention is also required. In particular, the researchers had embarked on studying how the graduate-level students in one of the universities in the United States felt by learning a certain course online. In essence, the researchers were particularly interested in creating a deeper understanding of the design of the instructional issues related to online learning. In addition, the research sought to establish the required communication procedures and the necessary preparations both the instructor and the students to promote online distance learning.
Digital communications and other learning technologies are used by universities to allow access to education by students from a diverse background. This is because they allow for 24 hour-learning throughout the week. This makes it a more flexible model of education (Hara & Kling 2002, pp. 63). Research perspective or approach is taken to address this problem The researcher, in this case, had applied the ethnography approach to studying the problem.
The ethnography approach was used to examine the kind of distress the class was undergoing while doing online learning. The ethnography as a research methodology involves tools such as observations and interactions. The primary purpose as to why the researcher had decided to make use of this approach is because he was more interested in qualitative information. In this research, Hara and Kling had come part of the group that was being studied. First, the researchers decided to survey the university computer labs to observe how the students were using the internet in studying this course.
Being part of the group that was being study simplified the process of analyzing and recording the kind of interactions that took place between the instructor and the student. This was important in obtaining qualitative information. By observing what was happening, it was easy for the researcher to understand the various process that was involved in making preparations for the virtual class and the real challenges that some of the students were facing participating in the class lessons (Hara & Kling 2002, pp. 64).
Donna, M 1998, Research Methods in Education and Psychology: Integrating Diversity with Quantitative & Qualitative Approaches, London, Sage Publications.
Hara, N & Kling, R 2002, Student's Difficulties in a web based distance education course: In digital Academe, the new media and institutional of higher education and learning edition by William & Brian, London & New York, Routledge.