Coding Instructions for the Studies Database Entries

1.    First print 2 or 3 existing entries and read them to see what kind of information is recorded in each field.

 2.     This is not a paper review, but rather a systematic recording of specific data for each study.

 3.     Theories/concepts- give the name of any theories or concepts that frame the research, along with any particular author who is cited in regards to this theory, e.g., "media richness theory, Daft and Lengel" or "constructivist."  These would be in the literature review at the beginning of the article.

 4.     "class size" is the number of students in the course studied, or, if there are many courses, the range of class sizes reported

 5.     subjects= the number and type of subjects studied, in total and for each condition, if two or more conditions are reported; for example, "130 MBA students; 70 in a traditional ftf section and 60 in an ALN section."

 6.     Study methods: Check ALL that are reported as being used

 7.     Media: check ALL that are reported as used, in one or more of the sections studied.

 8.      Hypotheses: list ALL hypotheses, using the exact wording from the authors. If the hypotheses are implicit, precede your description with the word (implicit) in parentheses.

 9.     Measures of dependent variables. For EACH dependent variable, list the name (e.g., "self reported learning")  and then the precise measure in indicator used, e.g., the exact wording of an item or items on the questionnaire. If the wording is not included in the article, give whatever information is provided, such as "three Likert-type items."

10.Results: Use the exact wording of the authors, if available and not too wordy. Otherwise, give a concise account of the results reported.

11. Comments/ Conclusions   Conclusions should be from the article, and in the words of the authors. Comments, which should seldom be used, are the coder's comments about the study, such as "No statistical test results are included."

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