Research in Online Teaching & Learning

Center for Online Learning, Research & Service at the University of Illinois Springfield

2019-2021 Faculty Fellows

COLRS welcomes the following UIS faculty as Research Fellows for the 2019-2020 academic years:

Jennifer Martin

Dr. Jennifer Martin

Dr. Jennifer Martin, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, will investigate how to teach what can be considered “unsafe content,” in online environments, e.g., teaching about issues of race, racism, and other forms of oppression impacting education. These are issues that often make students, particularly hegemonic students, uncomfortable, angry, and even resistant. She seeks to study the growth of her students in embracing diversity within online courses/environments, and the technological and pedagogical tools that both increase student engagement toward these goals and reduce student alienation.


Sudeep Sharma

Dr. Sudeep Sharma

Dr. Sudeep Sharma, Assistant Professor of Management, will research the impact that improvement in his online courses design, as determined by the application of the Quality Matters (QM) rubric, has on student learning.  This research is being conducted as part of a larger research team of CBM faculty which includes several former COLRS Faculty Fellows.


Junu Shrestha

Dr. Junu Shrestha

Dr. Junu Shrestha, Assistant Professor of Public Health, will research the use of technologies that provide practical experience to online students in the field of environmental health. She is motivated to enhance online students’ learning by implementing technology to give students practical, on-site experiences in environmental health areas.

Education & Technology Conferences

Clayton R. Wright has distributed the 41st edition of the list of Educational Technology and Education Conferences for June-December 2019. To subscribe to the twice-yearly listing (November and May), send an e-mail to crwr77[@]gmail.com.

List of Educational Technology & Education Conferences

Clayton R. Wright has distributed the 40th edition of the list of Educational Technology and Education Conferences for December 2018-June 2019. To subscribe to the twice-yearly listing (November and May), send an e-mail to crwr77[@]gmail.com.

The Impact of Open Educational Resources on Various Student Success Metrics

An interesting research article titled “The Impact of Open Educational Resources on Various Student Success Metrics”  by  Colvard, Edward Watson, and Park was recently published in the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.  It discusses the impact of open education resources (OERs) on student success.  They found that OERs not only save students money, but they also improve end-of-course grades and decrease DFW rates.  The full article is available online.

E-Learning Research Report 2017: Analysis of the main topics in research indexed articles

This new report from the eLearn Center, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, provides information about where research efforts in e-learning are being focused, identifying all the subject areas and determining their significance and trends.  Leading the list of most frequently researched topic is Mobile Learning.   The report is available online.

The Qualitative Report Guide to Qualitative Research Journals

The Qualitative Report Guide to Qualitative Research Journals is a valuable resource for anyone wanting to explore the world of professional, scholarly, and academic journals publishing qualitative research. The website, curated by Ronald J. Chenail, includes a listing of journals focusing on qualitative inquiry having discipline- or profession-specific and trans-, cross-, and multidisciplinary missions.

2018-2020 COLRS Faculty Fellows

COLRS welcomes the following UIS faculty as Research Fellows for the 2018-2020 academic years:

Josiah Alamu

Josiah AlamuDr. Alamu, Associate Professor of Public Health, will explore emerging e-technologies and how they transform online education systems by examining the variables that might influence the academic performance of international students in online courses. Dr. Alamu is returning to the COLRS Faculty Fellows program after serving as a COLRS Faculty Fellow from 2010-2013.

 

 

 

 

Donna Bussell

Donna BussellDr. Donna Bussell, Associate Professor of English, will research online field trips with the goal of connecting students to material culture and historical context, the use of digital humanities methods for literary or linguistic analysis in upper division courses, and the development of multimodal work in student research, peer review, revisions, and presentation.

 

 

 

 

Youngjin Kang

Youngjin KangDr. Youngjin Kang, Assistant Professor of Human Services, will research the effectiveness of various educational technologies in online and blended courses to effectively teach graduate students how to practice self-care and investigate the spillover effects of it on various outcomes.

 

 

 

 

 

Mohammed Mohi Uddin

Mohammed UddinDr. Mohammed Mohi Uddin, Assistant Professor of Accountancy, will research technologies used in the online teaching of accounting and how they impact students’ learning experience.  He will also explore teaching approaches used in the online teaching of accounting and how any shortcomings can be addressed.

 

2017-2019 COLRS Faculty Fellows

COLRS welcomes the following UIS faculty as Research Fellows for the 2017-2019 academic years:

Egbe Egiebor

Dr. Egiebor, Assistant Professor of Public Health, will explore the application of educational technologies in online teaching and learning.

 

 

 

Carol Jessup

Dr. Jessup, Associate Professor of Accountancy, will investigate the Quality Matters design approach to an Auditing course delivered in a blended learning format. In addition, she will use the Community of Inquiry Framework to survey students about the effectiveness of online learning.

 

 

 

Layne Morsch, Senior Faculty Fellow

Dr. Morsch, Associate Professor of Chemistry, will investigate inter-institutional collaborative assignments with a focus on disciplinary language development within the field of organic chemistry. He previously served as a COLRS Faculty Fellow from 2014-2016.

 

 

 

Laurel Newman, Senior Faculty Fellow

Photo of Laurel Newman

Dr. Newman, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Director of Online Programs, CBM and Campus Ombuds will research the impact of Quality Matters / Community of Inquiry based course redesign on student learning outcomes in management and business courses. She is also interested in the retention of online students and will research adjustment issues for new online students. She previously served as a COLRS Faculty Fellow from 2010-2012.

 

Kimberly Wiley

Dr. Wiley, Assistant Professor of Public Administration, will investigate the learning outcome similarities and differences between online and on-campus courses in the Graduate Certificate of Nonprofit Management coursework. She will incorporate a goal assessment tool into the courses to appraise the intended outcomes of this program.

Journal Article: Developing Communication Confidence and Professional Identity in International Online Collaborative Learning

UIS Chemistry Associate Professor & Department Chair Layne Morsch recently co-authored an article in Chemistry Education Research and Practice.  The article “Developing Communication Confidence and Professional Identity in Chemistry through International Online Collaborative Learning”  discusses the impact of an online collaborative assignment between two flipped organic chemistry classrooms, one in Canada and the other in the United States, on learners.  Co-authors are Darlene Skagen, Brett McCollum, and Brandon Shokoples.

Research by UIS Faculty in the Latest Issue of e-mentor

Several UIS faculty have research articles appearing in the No. 3 (70) 2017 issue of e-mentor.

  • Layne Morsch, Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry, published “Student Authored Video Vignettes in Chemistry”
  • Laurel Newman, Associate Professor of Business Administration, and her co-author Deborah Windes, Professor in Business at Trinity Christian College, published “Resisting the Global Campus: Strategic, Political and Cultural Dimensions Undermining Efforts to Build a Virtual Campus”
  • Denise Bockmier-Sommers, Associate Professor of Human Services, Cheng-Chia “Brian” Chen, Assistant Professor of Public Health, and Martin Martsch, Associate Professor of Social Work, published “Student Perception of Teacher Empathy, High Regard and Genuineness and the Impact on Student Engagement

e-mentor is an academic journal published by Warsaw School of Economics and Foundation for the Promotion and Accreditation of Economic Education. The issue is available online.

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