UOPX Funded Project (Fellowship)

Witnesses to transformation: Family member experiences providing individualized music to their relatives with dementia

Project Lead: 
Elizabeth Johnston
Project Description: 

The purpose of this qualitative content analysis was to explore and describe how family members constructed meaning from the experience of providing individualized music for their relatives with dementia.  The purposive sample met criteria for family members of persons with dementia, who had positive experiences with individualized music and was gathered from the Alive Inside Foundation where 35 family member comments were publicly posted and tagged as “#aliveinsidestories.”  In stories, family members often described selecting familiar or favorite music and articulated a ra

American Indian/Alaskan Native cultural identity influences on postsecondary experiences based on secondary data

Project Lead: 
Susan Ferebee
Project Description: 

As American Indian/Alaskan Native students are one of the most marginalized groups in higher education due to cultural differences and insensitivities exhibited by the Eurocentric majority, this study is needed to identify if such disparities are shared by these students in the online venues now available to them, and how strategies for educational persistence may be identified through such an examination.

Global Digital Consumer Confidence

Project Description: 

This country-comparison project is led by Fellow Dr. James Rice.  The study has the following components:

1. define digital confidence - three layers: societal, firm, consumers. Rationale - in order for consumers to be confident about using online transactions firms have to make consumers be able to trust them. Interactions between firms and consumers are not enough as a country (soverign) have explict laws and regulations that enable/discourage online activities. Moreover, implicit customs/practices surroudning online activities should also be investigated for each country.

Factors that Predict Online Student Retention: Phase 2

Project Lead: 
Scott Burrus
Project Description: 

Administrators' Perceptions of Educator Ethical Decision Making

Project Lead: 
Cheryl Burleigh
Project Description: 

The specific topic will address what administrators observe and awareness of the processes in which faculty at their school site employ ethics in decision making throughout the school day including communication with students, parents, staff, and the school community.  

The study will also explore administrators’  perceptions if an ethical climate exists within the school site, how do teachers report issues that may be of ethical concerns for possible investigation, and training and conduct-what is and is not being done at the school site or within the school district.

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

Project Lead: 
Sandra Nunn
Project Description: 

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.

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