Research

 

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   Research Interests

* Competency based leaning
* Open educational resources (OER) and open textbooks
* Distance and mobile learning administration, instruction and  design
* Social networks in education and work environments
* Online Groups & Social Loafing in education and work environments
* Instructional and Information Technology

 

 

2013-2014 Research Projects

The two main research goals which I will be addressing this year deal with competency based learning, and digital and open educational resources. The first is to support our Florida public higher education instituions through the establishment of a community of practice for competency based learning through research and by convening webinars, discussions, and meetings for instituions working on competency based learning programs. The second goal is to revise and oversee the distribution and analysis of the state-wide faculty and student surveys to ascertain their perceptions, utilization, and needs for commercial and open educational resources and etextbooks.

Key deliverables of this three-year initiative:

  1. A model for the discovery, production, and dissemination of open textbooks
  2. Webinars on topics related to open textbooks
  3. Delivery of a national symposium on open and digital resources
  4. Tutorial video titled Creating OER and Combining Licenses and creation of OER License Generator: A Copyright Tool for Openly Licensed Resources
  5. Conducted two surveys to assess Florida postsecondary students’ experiences and perceptions of textbooks, digital resources, and open educational resources (OER).
  6. Conducted two surveys to assess Florida post secondary faculty and staff perceptions of textbook quality, awareness of OER, open textbooks, and open courseware, and experience with open access materials.

2012 Florida Faculty and Staff Open Educational Resources (OER) Surveys

The purpose of this survey was to assess Florida faculty and administrator perceptions of textbook quality, awareness of OER, open textbooks, and open courseware, and respondents’ experience with open access materials. Over 2,600 respondents from eight of Florida’s 11 state universities and 22 of its 28 colleges, community colleges, and state colleges voluntarily responded to the anonymous online survey.

2012 Florida Student Textbook Survey

A student survey was conducted to assess Florida postsecondary students’ experiences and perceptions of textbooks, digital resources, and OER during the same period as the faculty and staff survey. During the spring of 2012, over 20,000 students from all 11 of Florida’s state universities and 22 of its 28 colleges, community colleges and state colleges voluntarily responded to the anonymous online survey.

The video titled Creating OER and Combining Licenses, created for the Open Access Textbook Project, was very well received by Creative Commons. This video plus the OER License Generator: A copyright tool for openly licensed resources are are expected to continue to be valuables resource for the OER community.