Research in Action

Research in Action is a weekly podcast about topics and issues related to research in higher education from experts across a range of disciplines. Episodes are posted weekly and include guest interviews and occasional solo episodes. Guests are from a range of higher education institutions and share their expertise on qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods as well as their personal experiences as researchers; research and writing practices; organizational and productivity strategies; and much more. Some weeks, bonus content is also posted. Research in Action is hosted by Dr. Katie Linder, the research director for Oregon State University Ecampus. Show notes with information regarding topics discussed in each episode, as well as the transcript for each episode, can be found at the Research in Action website at There are several ways to connect with the Research in Action podcast. Visit to post a comment about a specific episode, suggest a future guest, or ask a question that could be featured in a future episode. You can also offer feedback about Research in Action episodes or share research-related resources by contacting the podcast via Twitter @RIA_podcast using the hashtag #ria_podcast or emailing Finally, you can call the Research in Action voicemail line at 541-737-1111 to ask a question or leave a comment. The Research in Action podcast is a resource funded by Oregon State University Ecampus – ranked one of the nation’s best providers of online education with more than 40 degree programs and over 1,000 classes online. Learn more about Ecampus by visiting This podcast is produced by the Ecampus Multimedia team.
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May 5, 2017

On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Gerd Kortemeyer. Dr. Kortemeyer received his Diplom (“Masters”) in Physics from the University of Hannover, Germany, and his Ph.D. in Physics from Michigan State University. He is an Associate Professor of Physics Education at Michigan State University with a joint appointment between the Lyman Briggs College and the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He is also the Director of the LON-CAPA ( His research interest is the effective use of technology in science education, with a particular focus on assessment, analytics, and gamification.

Segment 1: Research on Online Learning [00:00-11:44]

In this first segment, Gerd shares about how he got started researching online learning.

Segment 2: Research on Student Work Habits [11:45-23:48]

In segment two, Gerd discusses some of his research regarding the work habits of online students.

Segment 3: Adaptive Learning and Educational Video Games [23:49-35:27]

In segment three, Gerd shares about his upcoming projects, including work on adaptive learning and educational video games.

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