Critical Thinking and Meditation in Online Higher Education Students: A Quasi-Experimental Study

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Mansureh Kebritchi, Ph.D.

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Mansureh Kebritchi

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7 years 12 months
Current and Ongoing Research Interests: 
  • Contributing factors for online learners' retention
  • Trends and issues for designing cross cultural courses
  • Application of flow theory in improving teaching and learning 
  • Improvement of process of completing doctoral dissertations in online and traditional settings
 
 
Publications: 
A Conceptual Framework for Evaluating Higher Education Institutions
Games for Mathematics Education
Digital Badges and Micro-credentials: Digital Age Classroom Best Practices, Design Strategies, and Issues
Hiring nurses re-entering the work place after chemical dependence
Preferred Teaching Methods in Online Courses: Learners’ views
Assessing the Effectiveness of a 3-D Instructional Game on Improving Mathematics Achievement of Middle School Students
The Effects of Modern Mathematics Computer Games on Mathematics Achievement and Class Motivation
Examining the pedagogical foundations of modern educational computer games to inform research and practice
Factors affecting teachers’ adoption of educational computer games: A case study
Analysis of the supporting websites for the use of instructional games in K-12 settings
Online Teacher Resources: Supporting the Implementation of Educational Computer Video Games
Multigenerational Perspectives on The Gen Z Effect
Learning Analytics methods, Benefits, and challenges in Higher education: A systematic Literature Review
Knowledge Based Artificial Augmentation Intelligence Technology: Next Step in Academic Instructional Tools for Distance Learning.
Scenario-Based eLearning and STEM Education: A Qualitative Study Exploring the Perspective of Educators
Issues and Challenges for Teaching Successful Online Courses in Higher Education: A Literature Review
How the cultural clash of essentialism and progressivism shaped technology adoption: A case study of culture, learning, and technology
University of Phoenix Courses: 
RES/711
RES/722A
RES/724
RES/728
RES/726
DOC/722
DOC/733
DOC/734
RES/727
Professional Bio: 
Dr. Mansureh Kebritchi has a wealth of experiences in teaching, mentoring doctoral dissertations, and supporting faculty members to conduct research and publishing and presenting the results in the field of education. She is interested in studying innovative ways to improve quality of teaching and learning in K-12, higher education, and corporate settings in online and face-to-face formats. Dr. Kebritchi is the founder and chair of the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research, School of Advanced Studies, University of Phoenix, where she supervises more than 300 faculty members, alumni, and students to conduct research in the field of education. She has been faculty member of School of Advanced Studies, University of Phoenix for years and has supervised more than 30 doctoral students to complete their doctoral dissertations. She has taught research methods and instructional design courses and has experience working with diverse student populations in undergraduate and graduate levels. She uses a learner-centered, experiential approach to teach courses and guide the center members, and is skilled in applying appropriate research methods of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods. Some of Dr. Kebritchi’s recent publications address topics such as critical thinking, meditation and higher education, social media and cultural competency, diversity in higher education, promoting STEM in K-12 and higher education, issues and challenges for teaching successful online courses, facilitating styles of online instructors in course management systems, pedagogical foundations of the educational computer games, factors affecting the adoption of the computer games in school settings, and effects of mathematics games on mathematics achievements and motivations of learners. She has been continuously publishing and presenting her research results in international journals and conferences for years. She is assistant editor and editorial board member of Online Learning journal, an active member/proposal reviewer of Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT) and American Educational Research Association (AERA), and journal of Computers & Education.
Degrees Completed: 
Doctoral Degree
Education, Instructional Technology
University of Central Florida
2008
Masters Degree
Teaching, Learning, Curriculum
University of Toronto
2002
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University Research Chair
Center for Educational and Instructional Technology, SAS, UOPX
Associate Faculty, Dissertation Chair
School of Advanced Studies, University of Phoenix
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Scholarly Activity: 
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)
Online Learning Consortium (OLC)
The Qualitative Report (TQR)
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Dr. Alicia Holland, MS, EdD

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Dr. Alicia Holland

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7 years 9 months
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(323) 391-6716
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I finished my 2016 Research Fellow Project on Meditation, Mindfulness, and Critical Thinking and presented those research results at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada in July 2017. It was published in a peer-reviewed journal that was not on the blacklist. Here's the link to the work: http://www.alliedacademies.org/articles/meditation-mindfulness-and-critical-thinking-individual-characteristics-in-online-higher-education-8019.html

 

Please note that I am actively looking for peer-reviewed writing opportunities both individually and collaboratively.

Publications: 
Expanding Your Tutoring Business: The Blueprint for Building a Global Learning Organization
Becoming a Better Tutor: A Data-Driven Approach to Tutoring
Expanding Your Tutoring Business: The Blueprint for Hiring Tutors and Contractors for Your Learning Organization
Expanding Your Tutoring Business: The Blueprint for Protecting Your Learning Organization
Starting and Operating an Online Tutoring Business: The Blueprint for Running an Online Learning Organization
Expanding Your Tutoring Business: The Blueprint for Evaluating Tutors and Implementing Professional Development for Your Learning Organization
ACCOMMODATING ADULT ESL LEARNERS IN THE VIRTUAL CLASSROOM
Digital Badges and Micro-Credentials: Digital Age Classroom Best Practices, Design Strategies, and Issues
Coaching Tutors: An Instrumental Case Study on Testing an Integrated Framework for Tutoring Sessions
University of Phoenix Courses: 
RES/711
DOC/722
DOC/733
DOC/734
DOC/732R
RES/714
Professional Bio: 
I have a B.A. in Elementary Education and a M.Ed in Early Childhood Education from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Also, I hold a M.S. in Addiction Counseling from Grand Canyon University. Lastly, I hold a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D) in Organizational Leadership, with a minor in Curriculum Development from Nova Southeastern University located in North Miami Beach, Florida. My experience in the field of education is over 12 years and ranges from early childhood to adult education in many areas including special education, English as a Second Language (ESL), technology applications, and gifted and talented (GT). Currently, I am serving as a Lead Area Chair for Research and am a Research Fellow in the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology (CEITR) Research. In July 2017, I will present my Meditation and Critical Thinking Research Fellow Project in Toronto, Canada. This has been one of the highlights of my career because this particular opportunity aligns with my life mission of serving a higher purpose and helping others believe in themselves and go far. Just recently, I had honor of speaking at Harvard University on the topic of Personal Development. Outside of Academia, as a Transformational Life Coach, I travel the world sharing the message, You are Loved, Valued, and Competent. I just spoke at a Traditional and Alternative Medicine Conference in Dubai in June 2019. My seminal work, "Becoming a Better Tutor: A Data-Driven Approach to Tutoring" is dedicated to helping tutors become their very best and learn how to get started with a home-based tutoring business. Also, I am the author of the Expanding Your Tutoring Business Book Series, which help tutor business owners expand their tutoring practice. In 2017, the 2nd Edition of the books were released. The bottom line is that I enjoy sharing my knowledge with the rest of the world and truly hope that my contributions to the field of education benefit all parties involved in the tutoring industry. I enjoy teaching online because I am able to share my knowledge with students from different parts of the globe and it is an amazing feeling. Additionally, I enjoy sharing my professional experiences because many of my responsibilities require both critical and creative thinking skills on a daily basis. In every academic assignment, I strive to contribute real world experiences to our weekly discussions and provide assistance to ensure that students are successful on their academic journey. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my two daughters, Georgia and Amaiya, who are 11 and 13 years old. In addition, I love to write, cook, garden, travel, and collect elephants (not real ones).
Degrees Completed: 
Doctoral Degree
Education, Organizational Leadership with a Minor in Curriculum Development
Nova Southeastern University
2010
Masters Degree
Early Childhood Education
Northwestern State University
2006
Bachelors Degree
Elementary Education
Northwestern State University
2004
Masters Degree
Addiction Counseling
Grand Canyon University
2022
Academic Appointments: 
Lead Faculty Area Chair for Research
University of Phoenix
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Friday, January 1, 2016
Part-Time University Research Methodologist (URM)
University of Phoenix
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Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Honors and Awards: 
Stephen Shank Recognition Award from Capella University
Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Learners
2015 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award Nominee from Nova Southeastern University
Your accomplishments demonstrate the great contributions NSU’s alumni are making in their communities and the world. The NSU Alumni Association is proud to call you a graduate of Nova Southeastern University and is confident you will continue to lead.
Professional Education: 
Holistic Wellness Practitioner (HWP-OL)
Concentration in Spiritual Studies and Specializing in Life Coaching & Hypnotherapy,Southwest Institute of Healing Arts
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Mary "Mimi" Stout, EdD

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Mary "Mimi" Stout

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7 years 10 months
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(703) 973-0835
Current and Ongoing Research Interests: 
As part of the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research (CEITR) HUB, I worked with two other UoP faculty members (Team 5) to create quantitative research on Strengthening Cultural Competency of Graduate Students by Concomitantly Using Multiple Social Media Sites. We received UoP IRB approval (846864-4) on 04/04/2016 prior to beginning research. The article was accepted during Oct 2017 for publication in 2018 in Engaging Cultures & Voices: The Journal of Learning Through Media (in Cabell's).  
 
As part of the CEITR HUB, I was member of the Critical Thinking and Mediation Research (Team 2).  Research presentation was by team member and HUB director, Dr. Mansureh Kebritchi, at the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Accelerate Conference in Orlando on Nov 16, 2016. Our team received IRB approval (890751-3) on 11/03/2016 prior to beginning research. 
 
As part of the CEITR HUB, I was a member of the Social Media and Diversity Group (Team 4). We received IRB approval (920211-1) on 12/02/2016 prior to beginning research.  Our team presented at the UoP Knowledge Without Boundaries Annual Conference on Jul 22, 2017 in Tempe, AZ and at the Association for Educational Communications & Technology (AECT) Conference in Jacksonville FL on Nov 8, 2017. Our article was accepted for publication by the Research on Education and Media Journal (in Cabell's). 
 
As part of the CEITR HUB, I was a member of the Augmented Instruction and Learning (Team 1). We received IRB approval (1119231-1) during Nov 2017 and conducted narrative inquiry research with the Troops to Teachers Program. Topic was presented at the UoP Knowledge Without Boundaries Annual Conference on Shindig. I presented a roundtable for our team at the Association for Education, Communication, & Technology (AECT) in Kansas City on Oct 23-27, 2018.  
 
After applying to UoP to teach more subjects in 2018, I gained RES729 Enthnomethodology and Study of Culture as a course I can teach. Because of this authorization on Aug 28, 2018, I was admitted as member and participate in the Research Faculty Cohort Advanced Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methos Research blog on Phoenix Connect.
 
As part of the CEITR HUB, I was a member of the Teaching & Learning With the Arts (Team 1). We received IRB approval (#1412912-1, May 23, 2019) and worked on conducting an Action Research project at a Secondary School in Minnesota. We presented our plans at the Knowledge Without Boundaries on Jun 11, 2019. 
 
As part of the CEITR HUB, I was a scholar member of the Exploring Remote Work Skills, Mini-Certificates, Short Burst Learning, and Badges for Engaging Faculty Professional Development Study that received IRB approval (#1749411-2, May 26, 2021).  My team (Team 8) worked to gather information on faculty use of mini-certificates for the mixed method study and hope to present and publish this information as the research is still ongoing. 
Publications: 
Achieving Competence: Army-VOTEC School Partnership Pilot Studies
Joint Computer Based Instruction System (JCBIS)
Alternate Training Strategies: Army-VOTEC Partnership Pilot studies
Increasing Graduate Students’ Cultural Competency by Using Many Social Media Sites
What Educational Leaders Should Know about Social Media, Collaboration, and Doctoral Learning.
University of Phoenix Courses: 
DOC/722
DOC/733
DOC/734
DOC/736A
DOC/737
DOC/738A
DOC/740R
DOC/742
Professional Bio: 
Dr. Stout's professional career has been in the field of education, but she worked for UoP as chair of fields ranging from education, to business, to health sciences, to information management. Mimi entered Federal Service with the Department of Defense (DoD) in Italy and worked for the government in various locations as teacher, education counselor, education center administrator, test developer, manager of transcript services, training developer, staff officer, technology chief, and program manager. Locations of these jobs included Italy, Kansas, and Virginia. She worked for the Army, for the Marine Corps, and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In her role as trainer, she worked in the Futures Training Division for the Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) that investigated proof-of-principle for distance learning. She presented sessions at conferences including those on distance learning at the US-UK staff talks in Great Britain and for the Argentine economic delegation in Washington, DC. She served on the DoD Advanced Distributed Learning Committee and completed a Master’s of Multimedia Development Certificate (MMDC) after her doctorate to learn more about effective distance learning and website development. She worked on developing quality standards for approximately 25 DoD schools that educate and train military and civilian employees. She was responsible for curriculum, accreditation, budget, and personnel management, while fulfilling the position of Deputy Director-Academic Dean of the U.S. Marine Corps War College. She led a team that set up the Army-American Council of Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS) and was on a team that set up the Army Civilian University. She has been an online faculty with the University of Phoenix, teaching in the undergraduate, master's, and doctorate programs. Her hobbies include taking courses, traveling, and visiting friends and family.
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Doctoral Degree
Higher Education
College of William & Mary
1995
Masters Degree
Counselor Education
University of Virginia
1972
Bachelors Degree
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University of Mary Washington
1970
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University of Phoenix Associate Professor
University of Phoenix
Honors and Awards: 
Who's Who in American Education; Who's Who in America; Who’s Who in the World; Who's Who of American Women
Marquis Publications, New Providence, NJ
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2010
Who's Who in International Distance Learning.
International WHERE+HOW Publications, Bonn, Germany
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1998
Academic Recognition: Induction to Kappa Delta Pi Academic Fraternity.
College of William and Mary Kappa Delta Pi
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1993
College of William and Mary, School of Education Development Advisory Board Emerita.
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2008
HQ Department of Army Staff Badge.
HQ Department of the Army, 200 Pentagon, Washington, DC
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2008
University of Phoenix Incentive Award.
School of Advanced Studies, University of Phoenix
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2008
Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award
The Marquis Who's Who Publications Board
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2017
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For Marquis Biographees who achieved career longevity of over 20 years in Who's Who, exhibited one or more of your creative works, and demonstrated unwavering excellence in their chosen fields
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College of William & Mary
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2018
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Multimedia Development Certificate (Graduate Level)
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2003
Organizational Transformation Certificate (Graduate Level)
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2007
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Susan Ferebee, Ph.D.

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Susan Ferebee

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7 years 10 months
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(520) 869-7076
Current and Ongoing Research Interests: 

The interpretive communities of first year undergraduate online students: an exploratory factor analysis

Use of Facebook's Capture the Flag in Live Seminars to improve cybersecurity learning outcomes

The impact of faculty gender on IT female student learning outcomes. 

Smart technology: How it is used in homeschooling.

The influence of extracurricular activities on student engagement in post-secondary online education

 

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Publications: 
The Relationship of Bible Medium to Bible Perception
Review of the article Understanding online reading through the eyes of first and second language readers: An exploratory study by H. Kang
Why Gaming is Working in Higher Education
Emergent Leadership, Persuasion and Trust in Virtual Leaderless Groups
Persuading library use in technologically structured individuals
Review of Online Learning Across Ethnicity and Age: A Study on Learning Interaction Participation, Perception, and Learning Satisfaction by Ke & Kwak
Teaching mathematics using mediated and mixed mediated communication models
The neural persuasion model: Aligning neural readiness, perceived need, and intervention strategies
Successful persuasive technology for behavior reduction: Mapping to Fogg's gray behavior grid
International Journal of Conceptual Structures and Smart Applications [Special Issue] Transforming Learning with Smart Technology
Guest Editorial Preface
Creating loyal customers in a contact center environment
University of Phoenix Courses: 
LDR/711A
LDR/721
LDR/722
DOC/732R
DOC/733
DOC/734
IST/710
IST/733
IST/721
IST/731
DOC/722
Professional Bio: 
Dr. Ferebee holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern and certification in Neuroscience Foundations from Harvard University. She performs research in persuasive technology, social media, the neuroscience of persuasion and trust in virtual communication. Recent areas of research are the neuroscience of reading and perception, the neuroscience of stress, and development of a stress spectrum model to help examine the influence of PTSD on returning military students. An additional area of current research is Native Americans' social identity influence on their higher education success, and the relationship between mindfulness meditation and critical thinking.. Dr. Ferebee presents often at academic conferences and is published in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Ferebee serves as a Research Fellow for the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and serves as a chair and committee member for dissertation students. Dr. Ferebee also writes curriculum for and teaches for the Duke TIP summer program, a program for gifted middle school students.
Degrees Completed: 
Doctoral Degree
Information Systems
Nova Southeastern University
2006
Masters Degree
Business Administration (MBA)
University of Phoenix
1999
Bachelors Degree
Business Administration and Management
University of Phoenix
1995
Doctoral Degree
Executive Juris Doctorate
Kaplan University, Concord Law School
2016
Academic Appointments: 
Associate Faculty, School for Advanced Studies
University of Phoenix School for Advanced Studies
Instructor
Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP)
Duration: 
Thursday, February 1, 2001
Faculty
Kaplan University
Duration: 
Friday, January 2, 2015
Honors and Awards: 
Best Conference Presentation (2015)
Academic Forum, Spring 2015 Conference
Research Institute Grant (2011)
Study on the ROI and ROV of Hispanic Educational Attainment.
National Research Center Grant (2009)
The Impact of Synchronous and Asynchronous Communication in Online Learning Outcomes.
Senior Research Fellow Award (2009)
National Research Center for Teaching and Learning
Outstanding Faculty Award, University of Phoenix, Southern AZ Campus (2009)
Innovations Lab Fellow, Kaplan University (2009)
Study of social media and social bookmarking in specific
Outstanding Intellect Award (2008) University of Phoenix, Southern AZ Campus
National Research Center Grant (2008)
The Factors of Credibility that Influence Leadership Recognition in Virtual Teams
Professional Education: 
Fundamentals of Neuroscience Certification
Harvard University - Harvard - edX
Usable Security
University of Maryland through Coursera
Year Awarded: 
2017
Software Security
University of Maryland through Coursera
Year Awarded: 
2017
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Eighty-one percent of employers and 79% of college students believe that critical thinking is an important learning outcome related to obtaining a job and advancing in a career in 21 century. However, improvement in critical thinking skills at higher education were relatively small, suggesting that teaching methods for facilitating critical thinking at higher education might be ineffective. Meditation improves executive decision-making and might provide an effective pedagogical approach to improving critical thinking skills for online students. The problem is that the effectiveness of using meditation on improving higher education students’ critical thinking skills has not been examined yet. The purpose of this quantitative repeated measure quasi experimental study is to determine the effect of meditation on critical thinking skills of students, as measured by California Critical Thinking Skills Test. The critical skills of the participants will be measured and compared before and after taking a meditation course. Sample will include 30 undergraduate students at a higher education institution in the southwest of the United States. Pair t-test will be used to analyze the data. The results will inform higher education instructors and designers to identify whether meditation can be an effective approach to be incorporated in the higher education courses to improve critical thinking skills of the students and better prepare them to succeed in 21 century job market. 

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Critical Thinking in Higher Education