The research element of the VEO Europa project was planned around a set of research questions to explore the use of VEO in professional contexts.
The research questions are:
- To what extent is professional development supported by VEO?
- How do participants use VEO in their work?
- To what extent does VEO help teachers and other professionals to improve their monitoring and assessment of student learning?
- How do teachers and other professionals use VEO to monitor and assess student learning?
The focus of the research is therefore both on the effectiveness of the VEO intervention (product) and on understanding the process by which users adapt VEO to their professional contexts. This research is of practical value as it will feed into the iterative design of the VEO app and accompanying materials.
The data gathered will be a combination of self-reported data, observational data and logging of app use. Self-report data will include interview and questionnaire data from professionals and students. Observational data will include both audio/video data gathered through the VEO app and also video/audio data taken by the researchers of how the professionals are deploying VEO in situ. Logging of app use is recorded automatically by the app and feeds into the re-design process.
All the data will be received centrally by Newcastle University. The data are relevant to the effectiveness of the VEO intervention and on the process by which users adapt VEO to their professional contexts.
The self-reported data, observational data and logging of app use will be analysed and used to produce a document which answers the research questions. The findings from this document will feed into the iterative re-design of the VEO app and accompanying materials.