Reflection on George Veletsianos Session

There are 2 points in the session of Dr. Veletsianos that impressed me most. First is the importance of setting a clear goal of research. It serves as the essential of how we design our approach of collecting data. There is no so-called the best or universal approach that can be recognized as a panacea for all research – the methods we choose depends on needs and interests for the study. For example, when the need is to explore how people think about one problem, the best approach could be the qualitative research methods such as interviews with open questions, as it provides deeper information than numbers in illustrating how individual students think or feel.

Another key issue emphasized by Dr. Veletsianos is the responsibility of researchers themselves. Oftentimes, we focus on the design of questions and participants’ feedback, while taking our own engagement for granted; however, researchers’ passion and devotion to the work is the very issue that concerns funders of any study – they don’t want to see their money wasted. In this respect, it is also imperative for researchers to justify why their studies are important, whether and how their research can fill in the gap in the field of study, and why they are the best professionals to do the task. It is this sense of responsibility that sustain the quality of researches. These two factors are the every thing that impresses me most from the session.

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Eric Yu is a dynamic English Second Language Instructor in the areas of distant learning. He holds a Bachelor degree from the Shanghai International Studies University and is currently studying in the MS degree from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC, Canada. Since moving to Canada in 2011, he acclimated himself to the local anculture, and quickly built a cross nation online learning practice, getting involved in IELTS teaching and other online training projects between China and Canada. Eric Yu currently lives in Shanghai, China and work as the team leader of online after-school education in Global Eduation of Puxin Limited. He loves music and is fascinated to search for rare CDs and LPs of rock and jazz musicians in 1960s. Eric Yu has performed well in a diverse range of team environments, from every corner of the world. He lives in Shanghai, China but travels around the world frequently both for work and leisure.

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