With the program's emphasis on the scholarship of teaching and innovative learning experiences, this course is an in-depth treatment of the research process and techniques for planning and designing research projects. Emphasis will be placed on the appropriate choice of methodologies for a variety of problem situations.
Dr. Christopher Carnahan
This course focuses on the content and mechanics of effective data analysis and report writing. Candidates will analyze textual and graphical data from many sources, process data in ways that readers can understand, and generate comprehensive academic and business reports.
Professor: Dr. Tracy Amerman
This course is an introduction to a systematic inquiry using assessment methods to understand, evaluate and solve user and organizational needs. Integration of research methods with real-world challenges of conducting and analyzing research in educational and corporate settings.
Professor: Dr. Christopher Carnahan
Competence in applying, synthesizing, and evaluating statistics from sources including the dissertation, journals, technical reports, and Web sites is the main focus of this session. Emphasis on the scholarship of teaching, projects will move from basic to context-driven statistics and apply the fundamental concepts and procedures of descriptive and inferential statistics to real-world applications.
Professor: Dr. Mark Connolly
This is the final year of the summer seminar for Year III doctoral cohort candidates. Continued development as an academic and professional for service by presenting scholarly work and providing a professional portfolio with a growth plan for continued learning and renewal is the focus.
EDTC 901 Dissertation I
With the emphasis on educational technology leadership and the scholarship of teaching, in Dissertation I, development and refinement of hypothesis, research contemporary related literature, with an explanation in detail the selected research method and procedures, as well as design all necessary research, permission, and data collection instruments.
EDTC 902 Dissertation II
In Dissertation II, the emphasis is on conducting research, processing the data gathered, drawing conclusions, and reflecting upon the study.
Using Norman's (2013) interaction and experience design, this paper focused on creating a Harry Potter themed Escape Room to increase student motivation and engagement with instructional content and their peers.
2. Assessment 2: Using Primary Data
In this intro to coding qualitative data from interviews, I identified themes from the primary sources derived from a variety of female leaders regarding success.
3. Assessment 3: Analyzing Data for a Statistical Report
In a sample memo, I explored analyzing data for the purpose of making an informed recommendation. Developing formatting of tables in APA was practiced.
4. Assessment 4: Constructing Visual Aids
Utilizing an online set of data, I created a series of infographics representing the U.S. population enrolled in K-12 education across a range of years. The visual data was incorporated into a mock business communication.
1. Quantitative Proposal
This assignment had us explore concepts related to Quantitative research methods. I chose to focus on social media interventions to improve retention in undergraduate STEM students in a causal-comparative, quasi-experiment (Creswell, 2015).
2. Qualitative Proposal
In this assignment I explored concepts relating to Qualitative methods of research. Again, my focus was on the experiences of Latino students using Snapchat in STEM intervention program and their perceptions of school environment and program completion at a four-year, Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). The conceptual framework of the proposal encompassed Phenomenology (Heidegger, 1890) and was driven by Tinto's (1993) seminal work on student retention.
3. Convergent Parallel Mixed Methods Design Proposal
This proposal used both quantitative and qualitative approaches to support a comprehensively blended method. (Creswell & Plano Clark, 2018). Once again, I focused on Latino STEM students' use of social media to access support for persistence.
1. Observational Exercise
An exercise in ethnographic fieldwork, this project emphasized field notes , jottings, coding of themes, and analysis resultant from direct observation.
2. Qualitative Research Project
In this qualitative research project using the design of Portraiture, I explored the use of Snapchat as a connectivism learning tool to help Latinx STEM students overcome institutional barriers for degree completion. The work presented a problem, need for research, qualitative research questions, justification for the methodology, a well defined population and sample, and procedures for conducting research.
3. Proposal of Field Research Study
In this project, a proposal for intended research was drafted and put forth based upon a problem, need for the study, central research questions, and appropriate methodology. My proposal included a qualitative research design using portraiture and extensive field work and interviews using conversational interviewing and open-ended questions.
1. Methods Literature Review
Selected 5 peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles in the area of Supplemental Instruction and conducted an analysis of the methods using these works. Areas for consideration included participants, sample size, variables, data collection instrument, data analysis technique to be employed and validity and generalizability.