Research Agenda

Research Agenda

The center’s research agenda is grouped under three major tracks: quality of teaching and learning; issues and challenges related to online education; and global trends and issues in higher education. 

Quality of Teaching and Learning

The first track is studying the improvement of the quality of teaching and learning, which has been one of the main historical, everlasting concerns in education

The topics under this track include:

  • The application of technology integrated-tools such as games or instructional design strategies and learning theories such as collaborative learning  to improve teaching and learning
  • The examination of the theoretical foundations of innovative technology-based tools and learning strategies
  • The adoption factors of innovative tools and strategies within various educational settings
  • The policy implications of using the new approaches and,
  • The design, development, implementation, and evaluation of online and face-to-face learning modules using instructional models such as Dick and Carey or ADDIE model

Issues and Challenges of Online Education

The second track is exploring issues and challenges related to online education, which is a relatively contemporary concern in education. The topics under this track include the issues and challenges related to online teaching, online learning, and the completion of doctoral dissertations in online settings. Issues may be related to faculty, learners, and content.

Global Trends and Issues in Higher Education

The third track is investigating global trends and issues in higher education, which is a major focus in the future. We are facing growing global demand for higher education. Online learning is a key strategy for increasing access to higher education. Topics for consideration under this track include:

  • Developing cross-cultural trainings and courses, and
  • Exploring how to serve a broader/diversified range of students.

We support research in higher education, K-12, and corporate training settings.

We explore the following major questions:

  • How to improve teaching and learning in online and face to face formats within K-12, higher education, and corporate trainings by using appropriate learning theories and innovative tools and teaching methods?
  • What are theoretical and historical foundations of innovative technology-based tools and learning strategies?
  • What are the adoption and integration factors of innovative tools and strategies within various educational settings and with various learners?
  • What are the policy implications of using the innovative approaches and how to overcome the implications?
  • How to design, develop, implement, and evaluate online and fact to face courses and learning modules using established instructional design models such as Dick and Carrey, ADDIE, and Kemp models?  
  • Online learning analytics: how to use the potential of data mining in research of educational technology?
  • How to improve the process of completing a dissertation in online and face to face settings?
  • How to mitigate education inequality for disadvantaged learners in K-12 by using innovative tools and teaching methods?
  • How to improve reading and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in K-12 by using innovative design strategies and teaching methods?
  • What are global trends and issues in education and instructional technology? How to develop cross-cultural trainings and courses?