UOPX Funded Project (Fellowship)

A Content Analysis of Police Training Curriculum, Policy Objectives, and Literature Associated with Conceptualization and Integration of Workplace Spirituality in Police Departments

Project Lead: 
Ramon Moran
Project Description: 

There is currently much interest in how workplace spirituality can contribute to organizational effectiveness, employee human development and more recently, in how it may contribute to police well-being and effectiveness (Willis, 2010; Tuck, 2009; Charles, 2009). However, there is a lack of research and understanding of the integration of workplace spirituality into police training and its inclusion in administrative policy objectives.

Knowledge Based Artificial Intelligence Technology: The Next Generation of Scholarly Writing Academic Tools

Project Lead: 
Dale Crowe
Project Description: 

Instructional Designers, in partnership with information technology researchers, recognize that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is moving beyond the realm of science fiction.  Knowledge-based systems are becoming a reality. AI knowledge-based applications are currently being used in the United States health care system.

Culturally Responsive Teaching Knowledge and Culturally Responsive Practices of Online Faculty

Project Lead: 
Keri L. Heitner
Project Description: 

Faculty and the students they teach in the online environment often come from different worlds, whether social, ethnic, cultural, geographical, or other contexts. Cultural differences between faculty and their students can pose important challenges that affect the quality and efficacy of teaching and learning. Cultural responsiveness in teaching is an important component of meeting the needs of diverse students and in engaging diverse students in higher education.

Online Dissertation Chairs’ Perceptions: Reflective Mentoring Practices and Changing Student Cross Cultural and Generational Worldviews

Project Lead: 
Barbara Fedock
Project Description: 

The purpose of this qualitative single case study will be to examine how online dissertation chairs’ perceive the role of reflective mentoring practices and changing student cross cultural and generational worldviews.  Doctoral students may have a different world vision and work ethics that are not based on age but on cultural behaviors common to the characteristics of a specific generation.

Cross Cultural Discrete Emotions Theory Controversy

Project Lead: 
Louis Daily
Project Description: 

The debate in Psychology concerning the “universality” of emotions is of relevance to Consumer Behavior.  Consumer Behavior scholars like Marieke de Mooij (2011) have long sided with the cultural-specific school of thought.  The universal theory (e.g. Ekman, P. & Friesen, W.V. ,1978),  however, has long been the dominant school of thought in Psychology, although there are dissidents within Psychology (e.g.

Essential E-mentors’ Characteristics for Mentoring Online Doctoral Dissertations: Faculty Views

Project Lead: 
Auslyn Nieto
Project Description: 

Effective mentoring is an integral component of the doctoral dissertation process.  Prior research amply explored the triadic symbiosis of faculty mentoring skills, responsibilities, and values within the dyadic mentor-protégé relationship, but did not substantively analyze faculty views of the essential e-mentors’ characteristics for mentoring online doctoral dissertations. As a result of the lacunae in the mentoring literature, this qualitative case study will investigate these views, using purposeful sampling methodology.

Perceived Implications of a Political Party’s Policies on an Urban Texas School District’s Educational Technology

Project Lead: 
Steven Watkins
Project Description: 

     The public educational process (primary and secondary) in the state of Texas has always been subject to examination, influence, and manipulation by various people, governmental agencies, political parties, and political movements. These various entities have dictated, either implicitly or explicitly, the content and conveyance in the public school educational process.

Faculty Adoption of Emerging Technologies in Higher Education Online Environments

Project Lead: 
Marianne Justus
Project Description: 

Technology plays a major role in online learning beyond the delivery of virtual content. Emerging technologies (often referred to as advanced technologies or Web 2.0 technologies) have the capacity to connect and communicate, to create content and to construct new knowledge.  Making use of instructional strategies and technological tools to encourage interaction and enhance motivation support a student centered, student directed, interactive learning environment and may increase retention and student engagement.

Correlation between Mentors and Learners Perceptions of Competency Model in Completing Online Doctoral Dissertations

Project Lead: 
Kathleen Andrews
Project Description: 

The advent of completing doctoral dissertations in an online environment is to be considered a natural extension of the technological process change in today’s world of technology permeating our lives. The process followed for centuries of completing a dissertation conducted over years with intensive in-person consultation with committees has given way to the completion of doctoral dissertations in a collaborative online learning environment.

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