Research

Research papers, video clips with resourceful leaders, and results of new approaches to becoming a better faculty member or administrator follow. Let us know if you have one you would like to share. Contact us at info@hets.org.

What Academic Administrators Should Know to Attract Senior Level Faculty Members to Online Learning Environments -The purpose of this article is to present findings of a focus group study used to design a survey instrument for applications in future studies to determine factors of influence that inspire senior faculty members to participate in course delivery through online learning environments (OLE). Much of the general research that is available, identifies concerns such as monetary compensation, and concerns for technological savvy, however these concerns are not true for all faculty members. The differing motivational factors (as they have emerged in the literature) have shown to be related to faculty appointment levels and years of service, which seem to play an important role in identifying how administrators can encourage these seasoned instructors to participate in the online learning environments. The article concludes with discussion points to encourage academic administrators to consider the merits of senior level faculty member inclusion into online learning environment delivery formats.

Best Practices for Administrative Evaluation of Online Faculty (Thomas J. Tobin, Southern Illinois University) – Presents principles of effective online instruction and instruments for measuring them so that administrators may make informed judgments when assessing online courses.

20 Essential TED Talks for Future Leaders – If you want to get to the top in any field, whether it’s business, science, or even construction, you have to have some pretty solid leadership skills. Unfortunately, these kinds of skills often aren’t the sort of thing you’ll find being taught in your college courses, and may take some extra effort to learn and apply outside of your classes. While there is little substitute for leadership experience through campus organizations, hearing from experts on psychology, leadership, and business can also be a big help in giving you a basic leadership education. TED is one of the best places to find all of these diverse subjects in one place, and here we’ve collected some of the best videos for anyone, young or old, hoping to hone their leadership abilities.

Educational leadership in an online world: connecting students to technology responsibly, safely, and ethically – The gap in technology knowledge and lack of leadership preparation related to digital literacy for school environments can cause serious problems, as school leaders, parents, and broader social communities are currently realizing. The authors describe strategies for educational leaders to prepare their stakeholder groups for a digital future, as well as take actions to reduce technology misuse or abuse. The authors suggest that educational institutions should consider this Digital Citizenship model as a potential new tool to for students, faculty and staff—both on-site and online.

Educational Policy Institute – provides an international context on education policy, but has a section of publications that include topics related to Hispanic students.

Excelencia in Education – follow links under “Research” tab for brief online research papers on Hispanic-Serving Institutions and Hispanic higher education, including information about institutions with promising practices.

A Review of Paradigms for Evaluating the Quality of Online Education Programs – As the demands for public accountability increase for higher education, institutions must demonstrate quality within programs and processes, including those provided through online education. While quality may be elusive to specifically quantify, there have been several recommendations for identifying and defining quality online education that address common areas of program development and administration. This paper explores and compares 13 recommendations and paradigms found in the literature for identifying and evaluating the quality of online education programs in higher education.

JISC InfoNet: Good Practice and Innovation – JISC infoNet aims to be the UK’s leading advisory service for managers in the post-compulsory education sector promoting the effective strategic planning, implementation and management of information and learning technology.  Its’ primary resources are online infoKits, which promote the effective strategic planning and management of information and learning technology within institutions. The infoKits contain a wealth of ‘self-help’ material, such as simple methodologies to manage projects, risk and change, as well as landscape views of the sector to encourage creativity, from image galleries of inspiring buildings to soundbites from learners engaged with e-portfolios. They also include a range of case studies that give wide exposure to practice that has been applied in the further and higher education sectors.

Tools for Administrators to Support Blended Learning TeachersiNACOL, in partnership with the New York City Schools iLearnNYC program, developed administrative tools to assist administrators in support of blended learning teachers.

MEN-Competencias-TIC-desarrollo-profesional-docente-2013 – document (in Spanish) that details the Faculty Development Model used in Colombia to enhance faculty technology skills.

Understanding Student Mathematical Ways of Knowing: Relationships Among Mathematical Anxiety, Attitude Toward Learning Math, Gender, Ethnicity, and Separate and Connected Ways of Knowing– Dissertation written by Andrea L. Burne, a quantitative, correlational, survey design with anecdotal qualitative data was used to investigate the relationships among mathematical anxiety, attitude toward learning math, gender, ethnicity, and separate and connected ways of knowing within the context of the mathematics classroom. Recommended citation: Burnes, Andrea L., “Understanding Student Mathematical Ways of Knowing: Relationships Among Mathematical Anxiety, Attitude Toward Learning Math, Gender, Ethnicity, and Separate and Connected Ways of Knowing” (2014). Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects. Paper 649.

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