RESEARCH STATEMENT

EXPERIENCE AND BACKGROUND

My research focuses on utilizing technology and previous literature to enhance various aspects of instruction. This overarching description features research endeavors related to enhancing Entrepreneurship and Computer Science education for female students, academic advancements caused by educational technology tools, using student and faculty perceptions of educational technology to enhance instruction, using student data to determine the most effective instructional strategies, and the role TPACK plays in education. My research combines the range of my degrees in Computer Science, Business, and Education with my professional experience in Education, Business, and Web Design. Overall, my research addresses potential and real advancements in education and business.

CURRENT RESEARCH:

  • Determining what method of instructor-made videos enhanced student performance the most.
  • Presenting strategies for effectively providing mentorship to online doctoral students.
  • Presenting strategies for increasing online instruction to address enrollment decreases in higher education.
  • Determining whether students find instructor-made videos effective.
  • Determining if intention to teach online varies by department.

PRIOR RESEARCH:

  • Determining if decreasing focus on homework assignments within a project based Web Development course resulted in an increase in student performance.
  • Determining the feasibility of utilizing wearable technology (Google Glass) to enhance teacher evaluations.
    • The ethnographical study obtained anecdotes from [at the time] current administrators within K-12. The results of the study focused heavily on the lack of feasibility of such a tool due to potential union objections over privacy. Cost was interestingly not the main objection.
  • Evaluating whether female Entrepreneur students felt strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats within entrepreneurial instruction applied to their courses.
    • The netnography related to Women in Entrepreneurship focuses on determining how literature in the field presented potential obstacles and advancements for women in entrepreneurship. Within my research I coded strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats based on how they were presented in over 50 journal articles. These areas were presented to female students within Entrepreneurship, Small Business Management/Marketing, and/or Hospitality Management at a private university in the northeast U.S.
    • Read more about this venture here.
  • Introducing teaching strategies used within Business and Professional Communication to increase the chances of students landing full-time positions by having them create a job portfolio, including video resume and press release to provide them more opportunities to “sell themselves.”

CONFERENCE RESEARCH:

My conference presentations focus on various research projects. I have presented on concepts related to professional experience, such as using social media for business or non-profit use with limited financial resources, and a variety of education and business topics. Accepted abstracts have focused on learning management systems, student assessment, cognitive load, and educational tools that enhance student learning.

CURRENT DISSERTATION RESEARCH

My dissertation study focuses on the role TPACK plays in education. Rather than studying the perceptions of how educators feel they use technology effectively in the classroom, my research focuses on student perceptions of how educators use technology in the classroom and whether they are effective in doing so or not. The main research questions focused on which technologies were the most effective, which technologies enhanced student scores, whether students feel educators are knowledgeable in the technologies they use, and the benefits technological use had within the course based on student perceptions.

RESEARCH GOALS

The research I am conducting is important because it tends to focus on an underrepresented population – the student, and their thoughts. Based on the time required to publish new scholarly works, active information in the field may not agree with current perceptions of those associated with the field of education. Students can help in guiding further research by providing insight into their current issues and barriers to learning. The results and conclusions from these studies will enhance future educators and their presentation of content and how they assess learners. In addition to enhancing how educators approach teaching, teachers and professors may change strategies based on student perceptions, and this could lead to a reform of educational approaches at many levels.

The three major research questions I address throughout my studies are:

  1. What can be done in and out of the classroom to enhance student experience geared toward creating higher grades and deeper understanding of course content?
  2. How can educators and students collaborate and/or reconcile addressing the importance of using technology in the classroom that focuses on student learning and development?
  3. What is the feasibility of implementing specific technology to address shortfalls and areas of weakness within technology?
  4. What can be done to enhance instruction within higher education courses?

Future research will be allied with educational advancements to enhance student learning. This may focus on learning management systems, assessments, wearable technology, and other technological tools which may augment student learning.