Use of Computer Technology in Rural Public Schools to Enhance Educational Outcomes

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Sandra Nunn, DM, MBA, BS

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Dr. Sandra Nunn
First and Last Name: 
Sandra Nunn

History

Member for
4 years 3 months
Phone: 
(760) 917-2660
Current and Ongoing Research Interests: 

Dr. Nunn has a strong interest in qualitative research concerning topics related to leadership ethics and how ethics affects modern global organizations. However, she is also actively engaged in other research projects as shown below:

  • "Use of Computer Technology in Rural Public Schools to Enhance Educational Outcomes" (Primary Researcher:  Sandra G. Nunn, Research Fellow;  Assistant Researchers:  Lunthita M. Duthely, John T. Avella).  Study completed and submitted to journal in August 2017 and resubmitted to journal in Winter 2018.  Currently under review.
  • Currently working with over 20 dissertation students (10 as Dissertation Chair / 10 as Committee Member) to facilitate completion of dissertations and fulfillment of oral defense.

  • Currently serving as Reviewer / Research Fellow with the Dissertation to Publication Fall 2018 workshop series to help approximately 15 doctoral graduates and faculty achieve successful publication of dissertations in peer-reviewed journals.  

  • One of my former dissertation students, Dr. Kristi Burtis, just received Dissertation of the Year in August 2018.  I am currently working with her to help convert her dissertation into a publishable journal article for submission in December 2018.

  • Currently serving as the Group Leader of the SAS Alumni Special Interest Group and overseeing four (4) Research Fellows and their respective research teams regarding different research projects.  Also, I am currently helping to recruit four (4) new Research Fellows and teams for the 2018-2019 year.

  • As the Group Leader of the SAS Alumni Special Interest Group, my team and I facilitate a monthly webinar featuring UOPX alumni from the School of Advanced Studies to showcase their respective work as well as how obtaining their doctorate has helped to serve their community.

  • I am seeking to get involved in new projects at the beginning of 2019 that focus on ethics, leadership, and educational technology.

Publications: 
Symposium Introduction: Achieving Ethical Leadership
A Novel Heart-Centered, Gratitude-Meditation Intervention to Increase Well-Being among Adolescents
Foundational Theories of Social Media Tools and Cultural Competency: A Systematic Literature Review
Digital Badges and Micro-Credentials: Historical Overview, Motivational Aspects, Issues, and Challenges
Learning Analytics Methods, Benefits, and Challenges in Higher Education: A Systematic Literature Review
How Moral Identity Influences Leadership Ethics: A Historical Case Study
Does Moral Leadership Conflict with Organizational Innovation?
“Use of Computer Technology in Rural Public Schools to Enhance Educational Outcomes”
Spirituality and Religion as Cultural Influences in Andragogy
Examining Critical Thinking Challenges, Components, and Strategies in Higher Education: A Systematic Literature Review
University of Phoenix Courses: 
DOC/722
DOC/733
DOC/733A
DOC/733B
DOC/734
DOC/734A
DOC/734B
DOC/741
DOC/741A
DOC/741B
DOC/742
DOC/742A
DOC/742B
DOC/993
Professional Bio: 
As an ethics, leadership, and national security expert, Dr. Nunn has appeared extensively in the national and international media, testified before the U.S. Senate, served as a guest speaker at prestigious Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and has been featured in several books because of her expertise. In addition, Dr. Nunn has served on the Board of Directors for an international public company as well as an international nonprofit organization. Currently, Dr. Nunn serves as an executive for two consulting firms. She also serves as a Board Member for several non-profit organizations, an entertainment production company, and as a Trustee for a private trust. She is a Founding Board Member and Director of International Ethics with the Foreign Affairs Council, Inc., a non-profit organization that serves as an international platform for advancing knowledge and leadership. Dr. Nunn serves as an Associate Faculty member, Dissertation Chair, and Committee Member for the University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies. Further, Dr. Nunn is also a Research Fellow with the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research at University of Phoenix where she collaborates with other scholars on research regarding ethics, leadership, education, and technology. As a researcher and scholar, Dr. Nunn is actively involved in doctoral-level publishing with peer-reviewed journals and books. In February 2016, Dr. Nunn was invited to serve on the editorial board of a peer-reviewed business and management journal published by UK-based Taylor & Francis to help manage the peer-review process and recommend articles for publication. Dr. Nunn holds a Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, an MBA in Global Management, a BS in Electronics Engineering Technology, and an AA in General Studies. Dr. Nunn is a member of the International Leadership Association (ILA), Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT), International Women’s Leadership Association, the United Nations Association, and a Charter Member of the International Doctoral Empowerment Academy. She is also a Founding Member and Doctoral Advisor for the SD Doctoral Support Group. For her outstanding work and contributions, Dr. Nunn was inducted as a lifetime member of Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business and was commissioned by the Governor of Kentucky into the prestigious Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels for her dedication to public service.
Degrees Completed: 
Doctoral Degree
Doctor of Management (DM) in Organizational Leadership
University of Phoenix
2014
Masters Degree
MBA in Global Management
University of Phoenix
2006
Bachelors Degree
BS in Engineering Technology
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
1984
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Honors and Awards: 
McJulien Scholar Best Paper Award
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2016
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Foundational Theories of Social Media Tools and Cultural Competency: A Systematic Literature Review
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The team’s research paper entitled “Foundational Theories of Social Media Tools and Cultural Competency: A Systematic Literature Review” was nominated and selected out of a field of more than 30 submissions for the best paper award for the Culture, Learning and Technology Division of AECT. Sponsored by Routledge Publishing, the McJulien Scholar Best Paper Award recognizes the best paper submitted to the division that discusses a theoretical construct or research that can guide further research and/or development relative to culture, learning, and technology. In addition, the paper must represent original, unpublished research. The team’s paper examined different theoretical constructs to show how educators can best integrate cultural competency with social media to enhance communication, multicultural understanding, and learning through the use of social media and technology-based tools. As recipients of the award, the team will co-chair the 2017 McJulien Panel as well as serve for one year as advisors to the AECT Culture Learning and Technology Board.
Excellence in Publishing Award
Office of Scholarship Support, University of Phoenix
Year Awarded: 
2016
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"How Moral Identity Influences Leadership Ethics: A Historical Case Study" (Journal Article)
Excellence in Publishing Award
Office of Scholarship Support, University of Phoenix
Year Awarded: 
2016
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"Learning Analytics Methods, Benefits, and Challenges in Higher Education: A Systematic Literature Review" (Journal Article)
Honorarium
Office of Scholarship Support, University of Phoenix
Year Awarded: 
2016
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"Learning Analytics Methods, Benefits, and Challenges in Higher Education: A Systematic Literature Review" (Journal Article)
Excellence in Publishing Award
Office of Scholarship Support, University of Phoenix
Year Awarded: 
2016
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Chapter 1: "Digital Badges and Micro-Credentials: Historical Overview, Motivational Aspects, Issues, and Challenges" (Book Chapter of Scholarly Book Published by Springer International)
Honorarium
Office of Scholarship Support, University of Phoenix
Year Awarded: 
2016
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Chapter 1: "Digital Badges and Micro-Credentials: Historical Overview, Motivational Aspects, Issues, and Challenges" (Book Chapter of Scholarly Book Published by Springer International)
Honorarium
Office of Scholarship Support, University of Phoenix
Year Awarded: 
2016
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"Examining Critical Thinking Strategies, Components, and Challenges in Higher Education: A Systematic Literature Review" (PowerPoint Presentation at AECT Convention)
Honorarium
Office of Scholarship Support, University of Phoenix
Year Awarded: 
2016
Project Name (Optional): 
"Foundational Theories of Social Media Tools and Cultural Competency: A Systematic Literature Review" (PowerPoint Presentation at AECT Convention)
SAS Research Award
Office of Scholarship Support, University of Phoenix
Year Awarded: 
2016
Project Name (Optional): 
"Foundational Theories of Social Media Tools and Cultural Competency: A Systematic Literature Review" (PowerPoint Presentation at AECT Convention)
Honorarium
Office of Scholarship Support, University of Phoenix
Year Awarded: 
2017
Project Name (Optional): 
"Foundational Theories of Social Media Tools and Cultural Competency: A Systematic Literature Review" (Chapter 9 of published book by Routledge entitled: "Culture, Learning, and Technology: Research and Practice")
Excellence in Publishing Award
Office of Scholarship Support, University of Phoenix
Year Awarded: 
2017
Project Name (Optional): 
"Foundational Theories of Social Media Tools and Cultural Competency: A Systematic Literature Review" (Chapter 9 of published book by Routledge entitled: "Culture, Learning, and Technology: Research and Practice")
2017 AECT James W. Brown Publication Award
Association for Educational Communications & Technology (AECT)
Year Awarded: 
2017
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Book entitled "Culture, Learning, and Technology: Research and Practice" with contribution of Chapter 9 entitled "Foundational Theories of Social Media Tools and Cultural Competency: A Systematic Literature Review".
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Award to Editors and Contributing Authors for book entitled "Culture, Learning, and Technology: Research and Practice" published by Routledge in 2017.
Honorarium
Office of Scholarship Support
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2018
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For publication of "Symposium: Achieving Ethical Leadership" in Journal of Leadership Studies in October 2017.
Excellence in Publishing Award
Office of Scholarship Support
Year Awarded: 
2018
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For publication of "A Novel Heart-Centered, Gratitude-Meditation Intervention to Increase Well-Being Among Adolescents" in peer-reviewed journal.
Honorarium
Office of Scholarship Support
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2018
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2016 McJulien Scholars Panel: A Reflection of Culturally-Responsive Teaching in Education
Honorarium
Office of Scholarship Support
Year Awarded: 
2018
Project Name (Optional): 
Learning Analytics Methods, Benefits, and Challenges in Higher Education: A Systematic Literature Review
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DM, MBA, BS
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John Avella, EdD

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John Avella
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John Avella

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Member for
5 years 1 month
Phone: 
(848) 210-6818
Current and Ongoing Research Interests: 

 

 

"Analytical Learning Methods, Benefits, and Challenges in Education", Dr. John T. Avella, Dr. Sandra Nunn, Dr. Lequisha Brown-Joseph, Dr. Mansureh Kebritchi, Pending Publication - journal of Educational Technology Development and Exchange, Journal

"Ethical Considerations in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics", Dr. John T. Avella, Dr. Sandra Nunn, Dr. Mansureh Kebritichi, Pending Publication - Educational Technology Research & Development, Journal

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"Influence of Social Media Tools on Cultural Competency of Online Students", Mixed Methods study, Dr. John T. Avella, Dr. Sandra Nunn, Dr. Marianne Justus, sponsored through the Center for Educational and Instructional Leadership, University of Phoenix - Presently Ongoing

"Black Male Educators’ Perceptions and Experiences
with Young Black Male Students: A Phenomenological Study", Dr. John T. Avella, Dr. LaTracia Gaither, Dr. Sandra Nunn, sponsored through the Center for Educational and Instructional Leadership, University of Phoenix - Presently Ongoing

Publications: 
Digital Badges and Micro-Credentials: Historical Overview, Motivational Aspects, Issues, and Challenges
How Does Moral Leadership Conflict with Organizational Innovation
''Sit down, breathe, and feel what?" Bringing a contemplative intervention into a public urban middle school'
A novel positive psychology intervention to increase subjective well-being and school engagement among a cohort of inner-city adolescents attending school in southeastern florida.
Learning Analytics Methods, Benefits, and Challenges in Higher Education: A Systematic Literature Review”
“How Moral Identity Influences Leadership Ethics: An Historical Case Study”
Impact of Delivery Modality, Student GPA, and Time-Lapse Since High School on Successful Completion of College-Level Math after Taking Developmental Math
University of Phoenix Courses: 
EDD/732
DOC/722
DOC/733
DOC/734
PHL/700R
Professional Bio: 
I was born in New Jersey but spent the primary years of my youth in Mass. returning to New Jersey during my high school years. I attended Trenton State College, Georgian Court College, and Nova Southeastern University culminating in my Doctoral Degree in 1999 in Education Administration. I spent over 30 years in public education beginning as a special education teacher, a vice-principal, principal, and superintendent retiring from public education in 2010. I have been with the University of Phoenix, School of Advanced Studies, since 2005. Along with my teaching duties for the School of Advanced Studies I serve as a dissertation committee member and chair. I also teach for the master's program in special education and supervise student teachers. I am an active member of the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology, have published peer-reviewed materials, and presently engaged in several new studies. I have 2 children, 2 step children, and 2 dogs. I enjoy sports and following the New York Yankees and the New York Giants, playing the piano, learning the guitar, reading, music, and travel.
Degrees Completed: 
Bachelors Degree
Special Education
Trenton State College
1981
Masters Degree
Educational Administration
Georgian Court University
1986
Doctoral Degree
Educational Administration
Nova Southeastern University
1999
Academic Appointments: 
Associate Faculty, Dissertation Chair, Dissertation Commitee Member
School of Advanced Studies, University of Phoenix
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Graduated with Honors, 1981
Who's Who in Education, 2000
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Lunthita M. Duthely, EdD, MS

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Lunthita M. Duthely
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Lunthita M. Duthely

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3 years 11 months
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Current and Ongoing Research Interests: 

My interest is in expanding the groundwork completed in my dissertation---a gratitude-meditation intervention among adolescents. I look forward to being able to extend the research to larger study samples, older adolescents, and adults. I am also interested in conducting similar intervention, exploring the combination of meditation and other positive emotions. Finally, from a secular perspective, I am interested in epidemiological studies focused on adolescents, subjective well-being, and spiritual/religious correlates.

Publications: 
Subjective Well-being: Exploring Contemplative Practices to Increase Happiness along the Continuum of Life
Professional Bio: 
Lunthita Duthely, EdD, MS, BS, RYT-200, has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles in maternal and fetal health, and most recently in the areas of subjective well-being, gratitude, adolescent life satisfaction, and happiness. Dr. Lunthita is a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), the American Psychological Association (APA), International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology, the American Public Health Association, and Yoga Alliance. Lunthita is experienced in two contemplative practices: 200-level-hour Hatha Yoga instruction, and 23 years facilitating meditation seminars to adults and students, implementing Sri Chinmoy's "The Path of the Heart" meditation and visualization techniques. She is a multi-day runner, and credits her personal contemplative practices for the endurance she is able to sustain while running. In her doctoral dissertation, "Gratitude, Heart-Centered Meditation, Adolescent School and Life Satisfaction: A Quasi-Experimental Intervention" Dr. Lunthita studied a novel gratitude intervention to increase happiness and school engagement among adolescents. Lunthita's current research interests include meditation, K-12 education, and cross-cultural psychology.
Degrees Completed: 
Doctoral Degree
Educational Leadership
University of Phoenix, School of Advanced Studies
2015
Masters Degree
Computer Science
University of Miami
2012
Bachelors Degree
Computer Science
University of Miami
1987
Bachelors Degree
Chemistry
University of Miami
1987
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EdD, MS
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Research reveals that US-based public schools suffer from a lack of productivity as demonstrated by decreased academic achievement and graduation rates.  While computer technology constitutes the primary resource for K-12 students, the lack of computer technology is even more pronounced in rural public schools because of limited computer resources and broadband infrastructure deficiencies.  This digital divide affects learners who lack access to computer technology.  The problem is that little is known about the extent to which computer technology affects educational outcomes and graduation rate for K-12 learners in rural public schools.  For this reason, the purpose of this study is to examine data of US-based students in K-12 rural public schools to determine the extent to which computer technology affects math and science achievement scores, as well as graduation rates of rural public school learners.  To help explore these issues, this study uses a constructivist theoretical framework to explain the construction of knowledge among learners.  Further, this quantitative, ex-post facto study examines archived, publicly available NCES data of US-based students in K-12 rural public schools to determine the extent to which computer technology affects educational outcomes, namely mathematics and science achievement scores, and graduation rates.  The ANCOVA test will be used to analyze results.  Approximately 50,000 records describing individual public schools will be analyzed.  In addition, approximately 3,000 matched records that include school-level technology and broadband data access of public schools will be analyzed as well.  The researchers hope to contribute to the understanding of how computer technology can serve to enhance student educational outcomes in K-12 rural school environments at the local and international level.  This knowledge will prove necessary if educators are to help bridge the digital divide that appears to be occurring within education as rural schools struggle to fulfill technology needs.   

Boyer's Domain: 
Educational technology
rural education
Educational Outcomes

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Sandra Nunn's picture Sandra Nunn | September 26, 2016 9:25 am MST

Please approve and publish.

Sandra Nunn's picture Sandra Nunn | September 26, 2016 9:26 am MST

Please review and publish.