- Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research

Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research

Research Chair: Mansureh Kebritchi

The Center will serve as the departmental home for faculty and students who have an expressed interest or research agenda associated with a variety of topics related to promoting quality of teaching and learning process by using technology-based tools, learning theories, or instructional strategies in K-12, higher education, and corporate settings within online or face-to-face formats; issues and challenges related to online teaching and learning; and global trends and issues in education. The Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research is chaired by Mansureh Kebritchi, Ph.D.

The Center is a place where students and faculty will find the collegiality and socialization necessary for an advanced community of learning. Research will be cultivated and supported in a variety of ways to include inviting direct affiliation with the Center and its research agenda, research contributions such as serving on advisory committee, or as one of the selected research fellows.

 

Mission and Vision

Mission

The center has two major missions. The first mission is advancing professional development of the center members through:

  • Enhancing the research skills of the center members to allow them to engage in long-term, continuous research activity and
  • Supporting members to integrate research, practice, and teaching in the field of education

The second mission of the center is achieving positive contributions to the field of education. To do so, the center focuses on three major tracks for research, which include:

  • Studying the improvement of the quality of teaching and learning,
  • Exploring issues and challenges related to online education,
  • Investigating global trends and issues in higher education.

Vision

The vision of the center is to create a dynamic, resourceful center that:

  • First, forms and supports network of researchers. Conducting research is a difficult lonely task. The center connects researchers with common research interests and supports them collaborate to complete their research. 
  • Second, nurtures the members to evolve into scholar practitioners in the field of education and instructional technology

 

To achieve this vision Research Center adopted the following themes of Practice, Teach, Research, Reflect.

 

Evolution of scholar practitioners will take place by supporting researchers going through a spiral cycle of practice, teach, research, and reflect. In each cycle, the first stage is practice where center members apply their knowledge into their workplace, the second stage is using their knowledge and experiences from their practice to teach their students, after teaching, in the third stage,  they would conduct a research related to problems, issues identified within their practice and/or teaching, the final stage is reflection where they reflect on what they learn from their research results. Their reflection will be used in their practice. Practice will be the first stage of the next cycle. The cycles may endlessly continue through which practitioners evolve into scholarly practitioners.    

Purpose and Goals

The goal is to create a center that:

• Forms and supports network of researchers,

• Nurtures the members to evolve into scholar practitioners in the field of educational and instructional technology by going through the cycle of practice, teach, research, reflect

• Supports the members to disseminate their research through presentation and publication. The plan is to have progressive annual publications. All members including fellows and research affiliates will complete their research, present, and publish their results within a 12 months time framework.   

• Enhances faculty and students’ skills to conduct research related to latest essential topics in the field of education and instructional technology.  

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Areas Of Research Interest

Learning Environments Educational Technology Online and Distance Education Instructional Media Instructional Design