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Learning Analytics Methods, Benefits, and Challenges in Higher Education: A Systematic Literature Review

Project Lead: 
John Avella
Project Description: 

Higher education for the 21st century continues to promote discoveries in the field through learning analytics (LA). The problem is that the rapid embrace of of LA diverts educators’ attention from clearly identifying requirements and implications of using LA in higher education. LA is a promising emerging field, yet higher education stakeholders need to become further familiar with issues related to the use of LA in higher education. Few studies have synthesized previous studies to provide an overview of LA issues in higher education.

Exploring Social Media Type, Context, and Factors Influencing Perceived Cultural Competencies

Project Lead: 
Mansureh Kebritchi
Project Description: 

The problem it is unclear to what extent social media influence the users’ perceived cultural competencies, which type of social media has greater influence in improving their perceived cultural competency, and what factors contribute to greater influence of social media on improving their perceived cultural competency. To solve these problems, a qualitative case study with 20 undergraduate students will be conducted to identify the extent, type of social media, and context which has greater influence on perceived cultural competency of the participants.

Social Media and Cultural Competence: How do we Measure Cultural Competence in Virtual Environments?

Project Lead: 
Marianne Justus
Project Description: 

There is increasing interest and debate within the research community on the role that collaborative virtual technology tools can play in online learning within culturally diverse student populations. Students who exhibit different learning goals and are motivated in different ways than those of the dominant culture may be challenged to identify as part of the learning community. Cultural perspectives affect an individual’s approach to learning and the level of classroom participation.

Foundational Theories of Social Media Tools and Cultural Competency: A Systematic Literature Review

Project Lead: 
Sandra Nunn
Project Description: 

This literature review provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of 10 different theoretical constructs that support the integration of cultural competency with social media tools to help support users in education, business, and other situational contexts.  By establishing and using these theoretical constructs, educators, students, and practitioners can serve to improve the ability of users to communicate through social media to transcend cultural considerations, facilitate information exchange, and promote greater learning outcomes.

Students Interested in STEM: A Comparison of Gender and Ethnic Distribution

Project Lead: 
Barbara Fedock
Project Description: 

Cultural barriers often exist when recruiting interested women and underrepresented students for STEM programs.  Family values, traditions, cultural, and expectations for females and underrepresented students are differing factors that STEM leaders may overlook during recruitment and retention processes.

Georgia STEM Certification and School Growth Performance: A Causal Comparative Study

Project Description: 

The AdvancEd STEM Certification process and Student Growth Model have been developed and implemented less than two years ago in Georgia to address the lack of focus and accountability on STEM education in Georgia. The research problem for this study is that with these recent reform efforts, little is known about how the AdvancED STEM certification process influences School Growth Scores.

The Relationships between Professional Development for Elementary Teachers and Student Achievement in Science

Project Lead: 
Michael Green
Project Description: 

America is facing a crisis in filling future Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) related jobs important to maintaining global leadership in education and industry. K-12 student science achievement in the United States is below expectations. Elementary science education is of particular concern because early foundational science understanding is important for later interest and success in STEM disciplines. Among the challenges impacting the quality of elementary science education are inadequate teacher training, content knowledge, and science efficacy.

Examining critical thinking strategies, components, and challenges in higher education: a systematic literature review

Project Lead: 
Mansureh Kebritchi
Project Description: 

Critical thinking is considered as one of the most essential skills in 21 century that is not adequately developed among graduates. There are a variety of approaches suggested in literature for promoting critical thinking.  However, there is a dearth of studies that synthesize the previous studies and provide integrative reports on strategies for strengthening critical thinking. This study includes results of a literature review related to issues and strategies for using critical thinking in higher education.   

Philosophy of Punishment

Project Lead: 
Ray Bynum
Project Description: 

Cultural conflict in law enforcement and corrections has been influenced by the different philosophies of punishment. The philosophies include:

Eye for an Eye - retribution

Just Desserts - delayed retribution

Conservative - "lock the door and throw away the key".  Be tough on crime

Liberal - "rehab for everyone" approach

Radical - "the offender is also a victime. They are a product of a bad environment

These philosophies have been in existance and in conflict with each other for many years.

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