How Female Students Describe Their Online Learning Experiences Using Social Media

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Debbie Ritter-Williams, PhD

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Debbie Ritter-Williams

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5 years 1 month
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(480) 720-9154
Current and Ongoing Research Interests: 
  • Conducting a quantitative correlational study focusing on critical thinking skills and type, frequency, and longevity of meditation practice in undergraduate online students.
  • Conducting a literature review as preparation for a prospectus describing a qualitative content analysis of social media use by adult/female students.
  • Writing a final report for a quanitative correlational study measuring the relationship between holding a college degree and family, economic, and employment stability for Hispanic adults.
  • Determining longitudinal follow-up for a quantitative correlational study of the relationship between generational cohort, psychosocial issues, and adult students' intention to remain in school..
Publications: 
Developing a Blueprint for Student Affairs
Dear White (and Black) people: Can we talk?
To graduate or drop out? Factors affecting college degree completion of Baby Boomer, Generation X, and Millennial students
Psychosocial issues and sources of support affecting retention for adult learners: Generational variations
Bundled value: An analysis of working learners’ perceptions of tuition assistance programs
Academic integrity: Honesty in the classroom
Academic dishonesty
A new framework for leadership
Student Affairs: Activity traps or planful development?
Considerations for the development of leadership programs in higher education
How Female Students Describe Their Online Learning Experiences Using Social Media
University of Phoenix Courses: 
DOC/721R
DOC/722
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DOC/734
DOC/740R
DOC/710R
DOC/736A
DOC/737
RES/711
RES/724
RES/727
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EDU/724
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Professional Bio: 
I completed a BA in Psychology at Eastern Illinois University, a Masters in Counseling at Arizona State University, and a PhD in Educational Leadership - Higher Education at University of South Carolina. My research interests have paralleled by job interests over the past 30 years. My early interest was in college students and student affairs activities. After serving as a university discipline officer, I chose to do a qualitative dissertation study investigating faculty attitudes towards and actions related to student plagiarism. My research interest still centers on the people in higher education, principally students and faculty. Over the last 5-6 years, and motivated by my association as a senior researcher with the Phoenix Research Institute, my interest has migrated to subgroups of learners: adult students, Hispanic students, traditional aged students. I am particularly interested in socio-emotional aspects of their experiences - I have studied meditation and critical thinking and social media descriptions of online learning. I am currently conducting a study on student cyberbullies targeting faculty and the outcomes of the use of plagiarism detection software for students, faculty, and institutions. Although I am by temperament and outlook a qualitative researcher, I have conducted several quantitative studies over the last few years. An ancillary interest linked to personal activities is research around volunteer board membership and dynamics and the outcomes of youth involvement with the performing arts.
Degrees Completed: 
Doctoral Degree
Higher Education - Educational Leadership and Policies
University of South Carolina
1993
Masters Degree
Counseling, college Student Affairs
Arizona State University
1984
Bachelors Degree
Psychology, Speech Communication
Eastern Illinois University
1980
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Associate Faculty
University of Phoenix
Adjunct Faculty
University of South Carolina
Graduate Teaching Assistant
University of South Carolina
Honors and Awards: 
Alumna of the Region - Sigma Sigma Sigma
Featured speaker at Founder’s Day Banquet, Sigma Sigma Sigma
Nominee for Student Personnel Association Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award, USC
Professional Education: 
Certified Administrator - Meyers-Briggs Type Instrument
Consulting Psychologists Press
Certified Facilitator – Fundamentals of Fourth Generation Management Joiner Associates, Inc.
Joiner Associates, Inc.
Certified Facilitator – Leadership Effectiveness Analysis (360-degree feedback instrument)
Management Research Group
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Armando E. Paladino, PhD

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Armando E. Paladino

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4 years 3 weeks
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(920) 710-1639
Current and Ongoing Research Interests: 

Actively researching Knowledge Management in relation to Artificial Intelligence, Semantic Web, Social Networks, and Business Intelligence. Also, are researching NLTK, Machine Learning, Hadoop and Python solutions.

Publications: 
The Power of Unstructured Data: A Study of the Impact of Tacit Knowledge on Business Performance
Perceptions of robotics emulation of human ethics in educational settings: a content analysis
University of Phoenix Courses: 
RES/723
RES/725
RES/726
DOC/721R
DOC/722
DOC/733
DOC/741A
DOC/741B
DOC/741
Professional Bio: 
Dr Paladino have a PhD in Information Technology and his dissertation title was "The power of unstructured data: A study of the impact of tacit knowledge on business performance". He has a MS in Computer Science with specialization in Internet and Web Technologies and a BS in Information Technology. He is currently researching semantic web and social Networks in the context of Knowledge Management, Artificial Intelligence and how is Virtual Reality being used in education. Additionally, in coordination with the Educational and Instructional Technology Research center he is working with a team of two PhD’s exploring how female students describe online learning experiences using social media. He retired from Oracle in November 2014. (Worked for the Engineered Systems Division as a Program Manager) and previously worked for Sun Micro systems for 15 years. He has been in the IT industry since 1976 (Done it all). He is currently working as a Lead Faculty Area Chair - Research, University of Phoenix - School of Advanced Studies. He teach advanced statistical research classes including RES710, RES723, RES725 and RES726 and serve a SEM for Statistical Classes Design. He also serve as a doctoral chair and committee member for doctoral candidates and he is qualified to facilitate all of the DOC series including residences. Additionally he work as a University Research Methodologist (URM) to prepare students for the Quality Research Methods (QRM) submission. These classes focus primary on dissertation research methods alignment He can be reached at paladino@email.phoenix.edu and armando.paladino@phoenix.edu
Degrees Completed: 
Doctoral Degree
Information Technology
Capella University
2012
Masters Degree
Computer Science, Specialization in Internet and Web Technologies
Florida Atlantic University
2007
Bachelors Degree
Information Technology
University of Phoenix
2006
Academic Appointments: 
Lead Faculty Area Chair – Research University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies
University of Phoenix
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Saturday, February 2, 2013
Assistant Professor Department Chair of Engineering and Computer Sciences
Keiser University
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Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Gwendolyn Dooley, EdD

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Gwendolyn Dooley

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5 years 1 month
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(601) 613-7792
Current and Ongoing Research Interests: 

1.  Women in Leadership:  This research is based on a noted gap of younger women inability to be promoted to senior leadership positions.  I want to explore lived experiences and barriers that prevent upward mobility and if challenges are from men or women and if ethnicity is a factor. 

2. Instructional Technology Effective Practices in Traditional Classrooms.  Traditional institutions with limited online programs have begun to accept the paradigm shift of how learning is engaged and delivered.  However, there appears to be difficulty on how to make the transition for a few institutions in the south.  My research is based on writing a simple how-to book to guide the process. 

3. Best Practices for Facilitating Learning in Online Classroom,  There are a growing number of retired faculty seeking to teach online, but most lack strategies to transition to an online learning environment.  I was to research effective practices and write a how-to book to train faculty for the transition. 

4. Mentoring traditional faculty for a culturally diversed technological generations.  Traditional institutions with limited experience of offering classes online are experiencing challenges in the classroom of technologically savvy students who use technology on a daily basis.  The purpose of this research is to provide best practices and resources to help faculty embrace the possibilities of technology.

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Critical Thinking Strategies using Technology:  A literature Review.  With the Center for Instructional Technology.  I am currently on a writing team to publish a chapter/article for publication.

Traditional Women Leaders' Perceptions of Mentoring Women of Color.  Communicating with a publisher to write a chapter in a book.

Publications: 
The College of Lifelong Learning students participate with Virginia State University’s Curry School of Education in a national study: Perceptions and needs of lifelong learners
University of Phoenix Courses: 
DOC/722
DOC/733
SOC/721
Professional Bio: 
I am Gwendolyn C. Dooley (Gwen). I formerly worked at Tougaloo College as Director of Continuing and Distance Education and as a director for academic programs in the College of Lifelong Learning at Jackson State University. At both institutions, I provided assistances to both traditional and non-traditional students in completing undergraduate degrees. I am affiliated with Walden University where I provide mentoring support to doctoral students in the Doctor of Business Administration Degree Program. I received my doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. I received my Master of Public Policy and Administration Degree from Jackson State University in Jackson, MS.
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Doctoral Degree
Organizational Leadership, Adult Education, and Instructional Technology
Nova Southeastern University
2007
Doctoral Degree
Leadership
Walden University
2016
Masters Degree
Public Policy and Administration
Jackson State University
1996
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Co-Editor for Cognita
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The purpose of the qualitative content analysis study is to explore the descriptions of online learning offered by female students via social media platforms. Research show that virtual classrooms seem particularly beneficial for female students, social media messages could be a powerful force in persuading women students to pursue education online. However, while research exists about social media and learning preferences and experiences, research was not found that has reported how female students are using social media to describe learning experiences.  Without this data, educational leaders do not know how female students encourage or discourage other women regarding enrollment in online education and cannot use this information to appropriately target marketing efforts and improve the online learning experience for women.  

Boyer's Domain: 
social media
education
Female
online education