Scholarship and Research
EDTC 803 Data Analysis and Report Writing
Summer Term, 2018
This course will focus on the content and the 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.
Project 1: Using Secondary Data
Creating a vaccination themed museum was the focus of this first project with a focus on using secondary data as well as developing our APA style skills.
Project 2: Using Primary Data
An introduction to coding and APA style skills were the focus of this report. In the paper, I reviewed interviews with successful CEOs and looked for themes around what make them successful.
In this sample memo, I explored analyzing data for the purpose of making an informed recommendation. APA style formatting of the supporting table was a secondary skill set developed.
Project 4: Constructing Visual Aids
Utilizing an online dataset, I created a table representing the US population enrolled in K-12 education across a range of years. The table was formatted according to APA guidelines and put into mock business communication.
EDTC 806 Research Methods in Educational Technology Leadership
Spring Term, 2019
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.
Project 1: Quantitative Study
This assignment had us explore concepts related to Quantitative research. I chose to look at utilizing feedback provided by computer-based testing to address issues of retention in a fictional setting.
Project 2: Qualitative Study
This assignment explores concepts related to Qualitative research. Again, I looked to computer-based testing to address issues of retention in a fictional setting.
Project 3: Mixed Methods Study
Approaching research from a mixed methods point of view was an interesting process as it represented bringing together a more familiar quantitative approach blended with a less familiar qualitative approach. This project again looked at the general area of computer-based testing in higher education but explored student (look back at the paper)
EDTC 809 Assessment and Evaluation
This course provides an introduction to a systematic inquiry using assessment methods to understand, evaluate and solve user and organizational needs. Candidates will integrate their knowledge of research methods with the real-world challenges of conducting and analyzing research in educational and corporate settings.
Assignment 1: Observational Exercise
This assignment was an exercise in ethnographic fieldwork and involved taking full observational field notes, jotting, coding, and analyzing the observations. I gained a greater appreciation for observational work and identified some personal limitations I would need to address if I was to do a study like this again - specifically related to being able to hear well and see clearly.
Assignment 2: Qualitative Research Project
In this assignment, I explore the idea of a gamified Interprofessional Education research study. I presented a problem, need, qualitative research question with subquestions, justified the methodology, defined the population and sample, and determined a procedure and timeline. The exercise helped me think through many of the states necessary to carry out a research study.
Assignment 3: Proposal of Field Research Study
Here, a prototype research survey was created based upon a central research question and methodology. Questions included in the survey included those on basic demographic information, open-ended attitudinal questions, and Lickert style questions
Assignment 4: Pilot Field Study with IRB
This assignment was similar in many ways to Assignment 2 but pushed me to further develop a study, create an online survey delivered by Qualtrics, and fill out an IRB application. I gained a greater respect for the process of doing research with human subjects - especially as it pertains to New Jersey City University. Understanding I may seek IRB approval from an additional institution, I feel better prepared by this experience.
My certificate of completion for the CITI IRB Training which will allow me to actively engage in human subject research at New Jersey City University.
EDTC 810 Statistics for Educational Research
Candidates will develop competence in applying, synthesizing, and evaluating statistics from sources including dissertations, journals, technical reports, and Web sites. With an emphasis on the scholarship of teaching, candidates will move from basic to context-driven statistics, applying the fundamental concepts and procedures of descriptive and inferential statistics to real-world applications.
Assignment 1: Reading and Writing with Statistics
Here I critically reviewed the presentation of statistical data in a New York Times opinion piece on charter schools as well as a similarly themed journal article. I found it interesting that both articles felt as if they had an agenda and utilized statistics in a way to support their premise.
Assignment 2: Group Project
I, along with Barbara McCarty, Linda Lampert, and Patrick Holness, created an instructional website devoted to statistical analysis with a sweets theme. My self-reflection and contribution may be found here.
Assignment 3: Peer Evaluation
My group was tasked with critically evaluating another group site.
Assignment 4: Analysis Paper
We were tasked with identifying a source of data, collecting and analyzing the data, and drawing a conclusion based upon the analysis. I chose to look at the relationship between school district attendance rates and dropout rates for three counties in Pennsylvania.
EDTC 811 Summer Institute in Educational Technology Leadership III
This course is the third five-week intensive summer seminar for Year III doctoral cohort candidates. Candidates foster their development as scholars and professionals for service by presenting their original scholarly work to a wider audience and provide a professional portfolio with a growth plan for continued learning and renewal.
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EDTC 901 Dissertation I
With the emphasis on educational technology leadership and the scholarship of teaching, in Dissertation I, candidates will develop and refine their hypothesis, research contemporary related literature, and explain in detail their research method and procedures, as well as design all necessary research, permission, and data collection instruments.
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EDTC 902 Dissertation II
In Dissertation II candidates will conduct their research, process the data gathered, draw conclusions, and reflect upon their study.
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