UOPX Funded Project (Fellowship)

States’ Codes of Ethics and Support for Vulnerable Students

Project Lead: 
James Lane
Project Description: 

The purpose of this emerging study is to explore the teacher codes of ethics of the 50 American states to determine the ethical guidance that states provide their teachers.  The study seeks to discover to what extent the codes address concerns for vulnerable student populations.  These include references to gender, sexual preference, transgender, race, ethnicity, religion, or disability.

Improving Medical Device Safety and Performance: From Passive Reporting to Active Surveillance and Beyond

Project Lead: 
Louise Underdahl
Project Description: 

Medical device use is expanding with emergence of sophisticated applications to gather, store, process, and communicate patient-centric data.   Diversity, fast-paced technological advances, and complex interfaces between users and technology complicate challenges associated with promoting medical device safety.  The purpose of this conceptual paper is to evaluate strategies for improving medical device safety and performance through collaborative evidence generation and innovative analytics.

Administrators' Perceptions of Educator Ethical Decision Making

Project Lead: 
Cheryl Burleigh
Project Description: 

Would a standard national educational code of ethics change educator perceptions of reporting instances in the classroom or with fellow staff members to administrators? How would a standard code of ethics affect the relationship between administration and educators? How does non-action affect administration and educators’ relations?

HIGHER EDUCATION ADMINISTRATORS’ OPINION OF THE IMPORTANCE OF STUDENT LEARNING ANALYTIC DATA COLLECTION

Project Lead: 
Bethany K. Mickahail
Project Description: 

The growth of student learning analytics (SLA) software and efforts to apply data results in higher education classrooms is racing ahead of planning for student protections (Hampson, 2014).  Even with advancements in this area, there are still concerns exist as they relate to collection of SLA data. How is it acquired in regards to student knowledge of data usage? How long is it kept? What are the reasons data is used?

Exploring the Lived Experiences of Transgender Individuals as they Transition within Traditional Organizations

Project Lead: 
Donna Smith
Project Description: 

Using grounded theory, this qualitative study seeks to explore the lived experiences of transgender individuals in "traditional" workplaces. For clarification, traditional workplaces, for the purpose of this study, excludes workplaces and organizations that are LGBTQIA-focused (i.e., community centers, social service agencies, policy development agencies).  The purpose of this study is to create a collective narrative of voices representing transgender individuals who have transitioned in the workplace, including their preand post-transition experiences.

An Archival Review of the National Code of Ethics for Medical Doctors, Lawyers and Mental Health Professionals as a Model for the Need and Implementation of a National Code of Ethics for PreK-12 Educators

Project Description: 

Despite the numerous legal cases that have arisen out of educator misconduct towards students in the pre-K-12 education system, until as recent as January 2015, no code of conduct for educators existed.   Even though the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) organization has worked effortlessly to implement such a code, it still is not as extensive as it should be and needs much more tweaking to rise to the level of some of its professional counterparts.

Virtual Internship Initiative

Project Description: 
Working to become the thought leader in the virtual inter-connectivity of students, faculty, and employers.

Collaboration between the Center for Global Business Research and the Virginia Beach Learning Center has resulted in the Virtual Interconnectivity Initiative (VII) which is designed to increase student's practicable skills by integrating into the classroom a virtual connection between students, faculty, and employers. 

Baldridge Survey Development and Training Initative

Project Lead: 
Scott Burrus
Project Description: 

Faculty-Student Engagement in Learning Management Systems

Project Lead: 
Scott Burrus
Project Description: 

This project explores how faculty engage with students within the learning management system (LMS) environment comparing the existing proprietary LMS and Blackboard Ultra, and how this engagement influences student learning outcomes. Presently, this project is in the initial stages looking at how faculty are engaging in the current LMS.

Exploring Socio-Cultural Approach to Generating Educational Change from K-12 School Leaders’ Perspectives: A Qualitative Content Analysis

Project Lead: 
Rita Hartman
Project Description: 

The purpose of the qualitative content analysis research will be to explore and describe how school leaders characterize a day in the life of a student from personal experiences, observations, and reflections revealed in archival blogs.  The anticipated outcome is to build on the existing literature and provide insights and knowledge that may be used to improve the educational experience for students.  The study is grounded in empathetic design thinking, socio-cultural theory, and constructivist theory.  Empathetic design thinking is where empathy for the user improves design.  When school

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