Research in Online Teaching & Learning

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

Category: Faculty Profiles

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

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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.

UIS Professor Karen Swan Receives Distinguished Service Award

Karen Swan, the James J. Stukel Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Illinois Springfield, was honored as the recipient of the  2017 Distinguished Service Award by the National University Technology Network (NUTN) on October 12, 2017 at the 35th Annual NUTN Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The award is the highest honor given by the organization.

Swan was selected for the award due to her commitment to higher education and for the work she’s done with online learning.  Swan is recognized as a leading researcher in the nation when it comes to the effectiveness of online teaching and learning.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Connecticut, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Keene State College and master’s and doctorate degrees in instructional technology from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Founded in 1982, NUTN is a consortium of higher education institutions. It provides a networking and professional development arena for the advancement of online and blended learning. NUTN members represent a widely diverse group of innovative leaders in the advancement of teaching and learning.

2016-2018 COLRS Faculty Fellows

COLRS welcomes the following UIS faculty as Research Fellows for the 2016-2018 academic years:

Cheng-Chia (Brian) Chen

Chen_Bio_Photo Dr. Chen, Assistant Professor of Public Health, will explore the application of educational technologies in online/blended teaching and learning environments. He will research the use of online debate and its impact on student satisfaction, as well as the effectiveness of gamification in the context of learning and student performance.

Scott Day

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Dr. Day, Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership, will investigate design-based approaches to improving online courses using peer review and analytics, from incremental course changes, developing communities of inquiry in online courses, and pedagogical approaches to massive open online courses.

Kristin Osiecki

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Dr. Osiecki, Assistant Professor of Public Health, will investigate the use of app-based resources for learning and the impact they have on student performance and interaction. In addition, she plans to develop eText resources for the Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health Course.

Carolee Rigsbee

RigsbeeDr. Rigsbee, Assistant Professor of Management, will be undergoing the Quality Matters quality assurance process for her online courses in the College of Business and Management. As part of this process, she will quantify the benefits of a Quality Matters assessment for instructors and students. In addition, she will research change management in online teaching and learning to identify potential best practices.

2015-2017 COLRS Faculty Fellows

COLRS welcomes the following UIS faculty as Research Fellows for the 2015-2017 academic years:

Harshavardhan Bapat

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Dr. Harshavardhan Bapat, Associate Professor in Chemistry, is investigating the usage of adaptive learning software in Chemistry courses. He plans to assess the effectiveness of adaptive learning software as related to competency-based learning, using its data analytics features, and in-class assessment of student learning.

Anne-Marie Hanson

Anne-Marie Hanson

Dr. Anne-Marie Hanson, Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies, is investigating  the quality and effectiveness of using online coursework in helping students gain practical skills for environmental careers.  She is also researching the use of online resources for digital storytelling of place-based environmental issues.

Ranjan Karri

rk-picDr. Ranjan Karri, Associate Professor in Management, is researching the impact of blended environments for undergraduate and graduate learning.  He aims to develop a theoretical model to describe the relationship between student characteristics, delivery mode, and effectiveness.

2014-2016 COLRS Faculty Fellows

The following UIS faculty were members of the 2014-2016 COLRS Faculty Fellows.  Their research agenda as a COLRS Faculty Fellow can be found below.

T. Price Dooley

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Dr. T. Price Dooley, Assistant Professor in Public Administration is exploring the quality of online courses as it relates to human capital development.

 

 

Layne Morsch

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Dr. Layne Morsch, Associate Professor in Chemistry, is researching how different technologies can increase the interactions among students in an online class.

 

 Elissa Thomann Mitchell

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Dr. Elissa Thomann Mitchell, Assistant Professor of Child and Family Studies in Human Services, is researching the use of asynchronous debate as a way to promote collaboration and critical thinking among online students.

 

 Traci Van Prooyen

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Dr. Traci Van Prooyen, Assistant Professor in Teacher Education, is researching the impact of wearable technology (Google Glass) and its implementation, use, impact, and critique in teacher education programs and for individuals (novice and veteran) who may use this technology.

2012-2015 Faculty Fellows

The following UIS faculty were members of the 2012-2015 COLRS Faculty Fellows.  Their research agenda as a COLRS Faculty Fellow can be found below.

Len Bogle

Learn more about Len on the Department of Educational Leadership faculty page.

 

Sara Cordell

Learn more about Sara on the Department of English faculty page.

 

Mike Lemke

Learn more about Mike on the Department of Biology faculty page.

 

Brian Kahn

Learn more about Brian on the Department of Teacher Education faculty page.

 

2011 COLRS Faculty Fellows

The following UIS faculty were members of the 2011 COLRS Faculty Fellows.  Their research agenda as a COLRS Faculty Fellow can be found below.

Josiah Alamu

Photo of Josiah AlamuUsing the Community of Inquiry (CoI) model to measure the impact of the incorporation a personal communication and collaboration tool, such as Google Wave, into an introductory biostatistics course.  Learn more about Josiah on the Department of Public Health faculty page .

 James Hall

Photo of James HallInvestigate interactive online technology demonstrations within courses, particularly for decision support system illustrations such as Geographic Information Systems. Pursue research opportunities for inter-institutional collaborative distance learning projects with both public and private agencies. Learn more about James on the Department of Management Information Systems faculty page.

 Sharron LaFollette

Sharron LaFolletteMy current research interest of online pedagogy has three areas: (1) Exploring how to best utilize Internet resources and databases in class projects while decreasing time commitment to learn how to use these for the student. (2) Investigating whether asynchronous engagement of students online can improve student outcome in the course. (3) Develop assessment strategies to evaluate how online pedagogies can be used more effectively in case-study driven closure exams to better evaluate student learning outcomes against curriculum competencies. Learn more about Sharron on the Department of Public Health faculty page.

 Michael Lane

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Assessing the effectiveness and impact of the online offerings in the Educational Leadership department, including educational reform, assessment literacy, rural education, and online learning. Read more. Learn more about Michael on the Department of Educational Leadership faculty page.

 Dan Matthews

Photo of Dan MatthewsApplication of the Community of Inquiry (COI) theoretical perspective to understand changes in course processes and outcomes following a Quality Matters review of the course. Learn more about Dan on the Department of Educational Leadership faculty page.

 Keith Miller

Keith MillerContinue his NSF sponsored research into whether incorporating ethics into introductory courses improves student performance. Learn more about Keith on the Department of Computer Science faculty page.

Will Miller

Photograph of Will MillerAt this time I am interested in two areas. I have done some thinking and writing on “mode neutral” blended course delivery and its impact on student learning and course philosophy. Second, I would like to work in developing ways to evaluate the outcome of online education especially as it relates to education for public service. Learn more about Will on the Department of Public Administration faculty page .

 Laurel Newman

Photo of Laurel NewmanExamination of the role of organizational culture on the quality of online learning; investigating how adult students utilize adaptive strategies to manage the additional role of online student on top of existing work and family responsibilities; and evaluating the impact of completing an online degree on the career and life-course of an online student. Learn more about Laurel on the Department of Management faculty page.

Denise Sommers

Denise SommersIntegrate cognitive, social, and emotional presence in online courses to effectively increase student learning and engagement; continue to investigate the use of service learning to increase the development of theory to practice; and investigate the development of leadership qualities within marginalized groups. Learn more about Denise on the Department of Human Services faculty page.

 Marcel Yoder

Marcel YoderI intend to examine the role of journaling as a means to promote rapport between students and instructors and enhance students’ perceptions of the online learning process. Learn more about Marcel on the Department of Psychology faculty page.

2010 COLRS Faculty Fellows

The following UIS faculty were members of the 2010 COLRS Faculty Fellows.  Their research agenda as a COLRS Faculty Fellow can be found below.

Josiah Alamu

Photo of Josiah AlamuUsing the Community of Inquiry (CoI) model to measure the impact of the incorporation a personal communication and collaboration tool, such as Google Wave, into an introductory biostatistics course.  Learn more about Josiah on Department of Public Health Faculty.

Peter Boltuc

photo of Peter BoltucTo create and study the impact of non-credit bearing classes in Philosophy continuing education.  Learn more about Peter on Department of Philosophy Faculty.

 

Michael Lane

Photograph of Mike Lane

Assessing the effectiveness and impact of the online offerings in the Educational Leadership department, including educational reform, assessment literacy, rural education, and online learning. Read more. Learn more about Michael on Department of Educational Leadership Faculty.

Dan Matthews

Photo of Dan MatthewsApplication of the Community of Inquiry (COI) theoretical perspective to understand changes in course processes and outcomes following a Quality Matters review of the course.  Learn more about Dan on Department of Educational Leadership Faculty.

Will Miller

Photograph of Will MillerAt this time I am interested in two areas. I have done some thinking and writing on “mode neutral” blended course delivery and its impact on student learning and course philosophy. Second, I would like to work in developing ways to evaluate the outcome of online education especially as it relates to education for public service. Learn more about Will on Department of Public Administration Faculty.

Laurel Newman

Photo of Laurel NewmanExamination of the role of organizational culture on the quality of online learning; investigating how adult students utilize adaptive strategies to manage the additional role of online student on top of existing work and family responsibilities; and evaluating the impact of completing an online degree on the career and life-course of an online student. Learn more about Laurel on Department of Management Faculty.

Social Networking Sites for Research

Several research-focused social networking sites allow faculty to list and share research and measure research impact.  They allow you to find and follow colleagues and search for research and colleagues by key terms.

Academia.edu

ResearchGate.net

Google Scholar