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University of Phoenix Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research scholars present at international convention

By Sharla Hooper

College of Doctoral Studies research center work by scholars will be showcased at the event

Researchers from University of Phoenix College of Doctoral Studies Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research (CEITR) will present multiple research studies at the 2022 Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) International Convention, “Impacting Student Learning,” October 24 – 28, 2022. The convention brings together educational researchers and practitioners interested in learning design, performance improvement, and educational uses of technology.

The research labs at CEITR focus on cutting edge topics in education and put researchers in the center of an effective ecosystem of experts, resources, and tools. Over the course of the pandemic, the transformation of educational technology brought to the foreground CEITR focus areas of education communications, access and learning discussions.

“We continue focusing on applied research topics in the field of education to improve the quality of teaching and learning in K-12 as well as higher education,” states Mansureh Kebritchi, Ph.D., University Research Chair of the CEIRT. “Our collaborative research teams investigate issues and challenges for online and in-person education with the goal of resolving the issues and improving learners’ and educators’ experiences. The seven studies presented at AECT are examples of current studies carried out at the center.”

The 2022 AECT presentations address a range of topics about the impact of technology on students’ learning. There are 29 CEITR researchers presenting on eight research topics including:

  • Doctoral Student Connectedness During Different Program Phases;
  • Measuring Effective Online Tutoring: A K-12 Perspective;
  • Importance of Mentoring for Educational Leadership: Impacting Student Learning;
  • The Grit Teaching Strategies and Course Retention of Online Undergraduate Adult Learners;
  • Reshaping Practitioner Higher Education Institutions to Serve Adult Learners: Moving Beyond The COVID-19 Pandemic;
  • Feedback Strategies, Learners’ Expectations, and Usages in Online Higher Education; and
  • Mini-certification Program to Enhance Faculty Engagement and Professional Development.

Additionally, CEITR scholars and faculty will lead a roundtable session, “How Do We Measure the Impact of Online Tutoring Programs at the K-12 Level?” with contributions from Danielle Kearns-Sixsmith, Ed.D., Frederick Lawrence, Ph.D., David Mailloux, M.S, and Rheanna Reed, DM.

AECT is an international professional association of instructional designers, educators and professionals. This year’s virtual and in-person conference in Las Vegas, themed “Impacting Student Learning,” offers practical applications, research, workshops, and demonstrations of new technologies in teaching and learning.

Further information and registration is available at the AECT convention website.

About the College of Doctoral Studies

University of Phoenix’s College of Doctoral Studies focuses on today’s challenging business and organizational needs, from addressing critical social issues to developing solutions to accelerate community building and industry growth. The College’s research program puts students in the center of an effective ecosystem of experts, resources and tools to help prepare them to be a leader in their organization, industry and community. Through this program, students and researchers work with organizations to conduct research that can be applied in the workplace in real time.

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