Ivan Jorrin Abellan

picture jorrinWelcome to my website! I'm Professor of Educational Research in the Department of Secondary and Middle Grades Education, at the Bagwell College of Education.

I am a passionate learner who loves teaching, research and innovation. I have expertise in qualitative research methods with extensive experience teaching and researching innovative uses of technology in Education. I´ve worked for twelve years (2001-2014) at the Intelligent & Cooperative Systems Research Group at the University of Valladolid (Spain), where I got my Ph.D in Educational Technology. Within this transdisciplinary team formed by engineers, computer scientist and educators, we developed a number of innovative technologies to support teachers in the complete lifecycle of collaborative learning environments. In 2009 after a two-year Fulbright scholarship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I founded the Center for Transdisciplinary Research in Education (CETIE) at the University of Valladolid. In 2014 I was hired by Kennesaw State University (Ga) where I have recently developed the Hopscotch Model; a theoretical model and a webtool based on Google technologies, to help novice researchers generate qualitative research designs.

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  • February 2019: "Hopscotch 2.0: an enhanced version of the Model for the Generation of Research Designs in Social Sciences and Education"

    Jorrín-Abellán, I. M. (2019) "Hopscotch 2.0: an enhanced version of the Model for the Generation of Research Designs in Social Sciences and Education," Georgia Educational Researcher: Vol. 16 : Iss. 1 , Article 3.
    Available at: https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/gerjournal/vol16/iss1/3

    The development of educational research designs might be daunting for novice researchers that have to make choices among the plethora of philosophical frameworks, research traditions, and different methods existing in the field. In this article we describe the process followed to formally evaluate Hopscotch, a model and a web-tool created by the author in 2015 to help novice researchers in the generation of solid and well-informed qualitative research designs. To do so, a responsive evaluation based on case study methods was conducted. The obtained results led us build a new 2.0 version of the Hopscotch's web-tool overcoming the limitations identified by the users of the initial version launched in 2015. Among others, the web-tool now offers the possibility of creating not only qualitative research designs, but also quantitative and mixed-methods designs. The system also allows for the collaboration and sharing of research designs among its users. It also provides the option of generating visual representations of the key components of six different types of qualitative research designs, four types of quantitative research designs, and four types of mixed-methods research designs. This newly developed tool based on the principles of Open Science, aims at helping novice researchers to deeply reflect on the research designs for their dissertations, research studies and even capstone projects.


  • November 2018: Visiting Universidad del Rosario (Colombia)

    This month I had the chance of visiting the Universidad del Rosario (Colombia), where I delivered the following sessions and workshops: 

    • Jorrín-Abellán, I.M. (2018) Pasos y Componentes en la Construcción del Marco Conceptual de una Investigación. Universidad del Rosario (Colombia) (11/13/2018)
    • Jorrín-Abellán, I.M. (2018) Donde Residen la Inspiración y las Buenas Ideas de Investigación: Lecciones aprendidas en mi viaje personal en la academia. Invited presentation at Universidad del Rosario (Colombia).  (11/14/2018)
    • Jorrín-Abellán, I.M. (2018) Proceso de creación de cursos online en Kennesaw State University. Invited presentation at Universidad del Rosario (Colombia). 11/22/2018
    • Jorrín-Abellán, I.M. (2018) Rayuela: Un modelo y herramienta web para la generación de diseños de investigación. Universidad Konrad Lorenz (Colombia). Invited workshop at Universidad Konrad Lorenz. 11/20/2018

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  • October 2018: BCOE Hispanic/Latinx/os Heritage Month Panel Discussion

    The Bagwell College of Education Standing Committee for Diversity hosted its first-ever YouTube Panel Discussion on Tuesday, October 2nd, entitled.This time the panel was devoted to the discussion of issues affecting Latinos/as/@/x/Hispanic faculty and students.


  • June 2018: Presentations at JUTE 2018
  • May 2018: Summary of publications 2003-2018
  • May 2018: Get to know the Bagwell College of Education Research Consortium

  • April 2018: New chapter published in the "Handbook of research on K-12 online and blended learning

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    I'm happy to announce that you can find below a link to the "Handbook of research on K-12 online and blended learning (2nd ed.)" in which I have published a chapter (chapter 5) in collaboration with Anissa Lokey-Vega and Leslie Pourreau.

    Lokey-Vega, A., Jorrín-Abellán, I.M., Pourreau, L. (2018). Theoretical Perspectives in K-12 Online Learning. In K. Kennedy & R.E. Ferdig (Eds.), Handbook of research on K-12 online and blended learning (2nd ed., pp. 65-90). Pittsburgh, PA: ETC Press.

  • November 2017: Keynote at CIPSE 2017

    cipse2017In November, 2017 I delivered a keynote entitled "Construyendo Rayuela: Un modelo y herramienta web para el diseño de investigaciones cualitativas," within the "International Conference on Psychology, Health and Education (CIPSE 2017)."

    The slides I used can be downloaded here.

  • August 2016: Hopscotch Building: A Model for the Generation of Qualitative Research Designs

    In this article we describe the process followed in the creation of the “Hopscotch Model,” a tool to help novice researchers thoroughly design qualitative research studies while learning the philosophical underpinnings of this particular form of research. The model helps to incorporate the theoretical background behind any qualitative study, as well as the intrinsic complexity of the multiple technical procedures that could be followed within the many different traditions in the field. Hopscotch is supported by an easy to use web-tool that drives potential users through the design of qualitative studies. In this article we describe the phases followed to generate the conceptual model and the web-tool. We conceived the Hopscotch model as a “boundary object,” plastic-enough to adapt to local needs and constraints of the stakeholders using it, yet robust enough to maintain a common identity across different communities, frameworks and possible scenarios in which it could be employed. Therefore, the proposed model is not intended to be complete nor prescriptive, but a flexible tool that can evolve and be completed by anyone. Even though a formal evaluation of the model and web-tool has not been conducted, in this work we present usage data supporting the usefulness of our proposal.

    Jorrín-Abellán, Iván M. (2016) "Hopscotch Building: A Model for the Generation of Qualitative Research Designs," Georgia Educational Researcher: Vol. 13: Iss. 1, Article 4. DOI: 10.20429/ger.2016.130104.

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