EDTC803: Data Analysis and Report Writing

This course will focus on the content and the mechanics of effective data analysis and report writing. Candidates will analyze textual and graphical data from many sources, process data in ways that readers can understand, and generate comprehensive academic and business reports.

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This assignment involved creating a proposal for an exhibit at the Liberty Science Center including figures for clarity of communication.

The data analyzed in this report will show how ten CEOs, who have been interviewed by Lifehacker, relate to and differ from their peers in the same career title. The sample population in these reports consists of six males and four females.

This project involved analyzing a statistical report on a report for approval for a professional development stipend.

This assignment involved writing a memo about the data found after examing the total population of K-12 students enrolled in private and public education in the United States during the years 1985, 1995, and 2005

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EDTC806: Research Methods in Educational Technology Leadership

With the program’s emphasis on the scholarship of teaching and innovative learning experiences, this course is an in-depth treatment of the research process and techniques for planning and designing research projects. Emphasis will be placed on the appropriate choice of methodologies for a variety of problem situations.

 

This project involved writing a research proposal that is of a quantitative method. Specifically, a study about the effectiveness of social media integration in college-level writing courses. The Postpositivist worldview was reviewed in this project where observation and measuring is the approach and begins with a theory and collects data that supports or refutes the theory. 

This  project involved writing a qualitative proposal about the effectiveness of online course quality programs in higher education. This project enabled me to reflect on the Constructivists or social constructivists worldviews where researchers seek understanding of the world in which they live and work; they develop subjective meanings of their experiences directed - towards certain objects or things. Additionally, the Transformative worldview was reviewed where politics and political change are used to confront the social oppression at whatever level it occurs. Snowball and opportunistic sampling was reviewed.

This project combined the two prior methods to create an exploratory mixed methods proposal that sought to investigate  students’ perceptions of online courses designed by nationally recognized quality assurance standards and the perceptions’ relationship to the effectiveness of online college-level courses. This assignment made me reflect on the Pragmatic worldview where actions, situations and consequences rather than antecedent conditions and researchers are not committed to any one system of philosophy or reality; have a freedom of choice in methods, techniques and procedures driven by the study needs and purposes. I put to practice an understanding of sampling: Convergent, Explanatory (QN>QL) and Exploratory Sequential Design (QL>QN).

 

EDTC809: Assessment and Evaluation

An introduction to systematic inquiry using assessment methods to understand, evaluate and solve user and organizational needs. Candidates will integrate their knowledge of research methods with real-world challenges of conducting and analyzing research in educational and corporate settings.

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The following field observation took place at a small coffee shop on East Broad Street in Westfield, NJ. The researcher walks into “BW Coffee” (alias) on a very rainy Tuesday afternoon, at 2:20 pm, on September 25, 2018. The purpose of a field observation is to understand and present the findings of people as they interact in a social setting (Emerson et. al, 2011, p. 1). The researcher in this exercise observed the experiences of customers inside of “BW Coffee.” The observation was conducted in a total of 56 minutes and involved employees and customers inside of the establishment.  The researcher constructed the following research question related to purpose of the observation: What are the behaviors of customers in a coffee shop establishment?

DPW University is a minority-serving, public university in an urban environment. The institution’s mission highlights the inclusion of students of all socio-economic backgrounds to partake in a robust and challenging academic experience in order to be well-equipped for a career after graduation. In order to address the evolving and new careers that are becoming available, DPW University realized a need to incorporate a more challenging curriculum to best prepare its students before the begin their careers. Specifically, careers in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) have been on the rise.

As online learning is a growing aspect of higher education in the United States, it is important for institutions understand the implications of high-quality online course design standards. Understanding the perceptions of instructors and students enrolled in online courses on online course design components will provide valuable data on the importance and effectiveness of these standards. This research study will analyze online learners’ and instructors’ perceptions of high-quality course components including advantages, disadvantages and obstacles related to these standards.

Online learning is a growing facet of higher education in the United States, thus it is important for institutions to understand the implications of high-quality online course design standards. Understanding both instructors’ and students’ perceptions of online course design components will provide valuable data on the importance and effectiveness of these standards. This research study will analyze online learners’ perceptions of high-quality course components including advantages, disadvantages and obstacles related to these standards and the effects these standards have on learning outcomes.

Analysing the Numbers
EDTC810: Statistics for Educational Research

In this course, we learned about descriptive and inferential statistics in order to draw conclusions about data in various settings.

 

The purpose of this project was to analyze the data in existing articles with statistical analytics. Distinct differences were present when comparing the article in the Inside Higher Ed media article and the scholarly article. Jaschik’s (2018) Inside Higher Ed article, titled “Race and Gender Bias in Online Courses,” is intended for readers, who are affiliated with teaching and learning in higher education. These articles are informational and included generalized information on a given topic and is formatted to be quick and easy to read. The author provides descriptive statistics on the likelihood of online instructors responding and interacting with students of particular races and gender. The study also found that variation did not exist when analyzing specific disciplines. The statistics provided in this article gives the reader the necessary information to determine the relevance of the topic and how bias in online courses should be considered when facilitating their own online courses.

A statitical resource site, titeled "StatQuest" was created as a learning resource. This was a group project comrised of myself, Susan Van Alystyne and Emily Vandalovsky. The “A Statistics Resource Site: For Beginner Researchers Who Need a Helping Hand!” website contains at 6 pages that detail 5 separate statistical concepts: Mean, median and mode, Z-Test, T-Test, ANOVA and P-Value. Three of the concepts are inferential statistics (Z-Test, T-Test and ANOVA). Each member recorded at least one video (Daniel -1, Susan – 2, Emily -2). The uploaded videos and material create a cohesive, attractive and easy-to-use appearance and resource for beginner researchers.

In this assigned, I critiqued a peer group's statistical resource site based on: the required elements for the website and the content posted to the resource site.

In this project I collected and analyzed my own chosen data using a variety of
different data analysis tools. This study examines the adoption of educational technology-related professional development and the use of educational technologies in classrooms of various disciplines in K-12 schools in the United States in the 2008-2009 academic year. The results will provide school districts, throughout the United States, with data on which disciplines are not utilizing educational technologies and where to focus professional development efforts in the future. The study also determines the use of educational technologies by educators with varying years of professional service in education and their main teaching areas.