Ed.D. Alumni

The following people have successfully defended their dissertations and are now proud alumni of the Educational Technology doctoral program. We're proud of their accomplishments!

SPRING/SUMMER 2016

Dr. Dennis Large (Summer 2016). Dissertation Title: Teacher Perceptions of the Instructional Practices in an Online New Teacher Induction Program: A Case Study. Research Type: Qualitative Case Study. Committee Chair: Dr. Ross Perkins / Members: Dr. Patrick Lowenthal, Dr. Brett Shelton, and input from Dr. Andy Hung

Dr. Donna Ledford (Spring 2016). Dissertation Title: Professional Learning for Technology Integration. Research Type: Qualitative Case Study. Committee Chair: Dr. Ross Perkins / Members: Dr. Kerry Rice; Dr. Jesus Trespalacios

Dr. Patty McGinnis (Spring 2016). Dissertation Title: Using Mobile Technology to Engage Middle School Students in the Scientific Practice of Argumentation via Screencasting. Research Type: Design-based Research. Committee Co-Chairs: Dr. Yu-hui Ching; Dr. Ross Perkins / Members: Dr. Yu-Chang Hsu

Dr. Dwayne Ockel (Spring 2016). Dissertation Title: Exploring the Impacts of Logic Simulation in an Online Computer Architecture Course. Research Type: Design-based Research. Committee Co-Chairs: Dr. Ross Perkins; Dr. Yu-Chang Hsu / Members: Dr. Yu-hui Ching

Dr. Sarah Rich (Spring 2016). Dissertation Title: Exploring Critical Thinking and Negotiation of Meaning through MinecraftEdu: A Case Study of Elementary Language Learners. Research Type: Qualitative Case Study. Committee Co-Chairs: Dr. Ross Perkins; Dr. Chareen Snelson / Members: Dr. Youngkyun Baek

Dr. Kellie Taylor (Spring 2016). Dissertation Title: Collaborative Robotics, More than Just Working in Groups: Effects of Student Collaboration on Learning Motivation, Collaborative Problem Solving, and Science Process Skills in Robotic Activities. Research Type: Mixed-methods Action Research. Committee Chair: Dr. Youngkyun Baek / Members: Dr. Yu-hui Ching; Dr. Jesus Trespalacios

FALL 2016

Dr. Carol Askin (Fall 2016). Dissertation Title: Teacher Perceptions, Beliefs, and Attitudes about Technology and the Implementation of Classroom Technology Integration Practices: A Mixed-methods Case Study. Research Type: Mixed-methods Case Study. Committee Chair: Dr. Ross Perkins / Members: Dr. Andy Hung, Dr. Dazhi Yang

Dr. Glori Hinck (Fall 2016). Dissertation Title: Visions of Quality Assurance in Online MBA Programs. Research Type: Delphi approach. Committee Chair: Dr. Kerry Rice / Committee Co-Chair: Dr. Patrick Lowenthal / Member(s): Dr. Ross Perkins

SPRING 2017

Dr. Sheri Anderson (Spring 2017). Dissertation Title: Student Perceptions of Social Presence in the Blended Synchronous Learning Environment. Research Type: Case Study Committee Chair: Dr. Jesús Trespalacios / Members: Dr. Patrick Lowenthal, Dr. Chareen Snelson

Dr. Sally Baldwin (Spring 2017). Dissertation Title: The New Theory of Assimilation and Acceptance in Online Course Design from Public Four-Year College and University Instructors. Research Type: Grounded Theory. Committee Chair: Dr. Yu-hui Ching / Members: Dr. Norm Friesen, Dr. Yu-Chang Hsu

Dr. Lisa Berry (Spring 2017). Dissertation Title: Using Learning Analytics to Predict Academic Success in Online and Face-to-Face Learning Environments. Research Type: Data analytics (Quantitative). Committee Chair: Dr. Andy Hung / Members: Dr. Jesús Trespalacios, Dr. Kerry Rice

Dr. Molly Large (Spring 2017). Dissertation Title: Implementation of an AVID Elementary Program in a Technology-rich Environment. Research Type: Ethnographic Case Study. Committee Chair: Dr. Ross Perkins / Members: Dr. Norm Friesen, Dr. Chris Haskell

Dr. Dave Mulder (Spring 2017). Dissertation Title: Pre-Service Teachers’ Perceptions of Their Abilities for Technology Integration: A Mixed Methods Case Study. Research Type: Mixed Methods Case Study. Committee Chair: Dr. Jesús Trespalacios / Members: Dr. Patrick Lowenthal, Dr. Norm Friesen

FALL 2017

Dr. Susan Shannon (Fall 2017). Dissertation Title: A Mixed Methods Exploratory Study of Digital Literacies in Higher Education. Research Type: Mixed-methods. Committee Chair: Dr. Chareen Snelson / Members: Dr. Dazhi Yang, Dr. Chris Haskell, & Dr. Maude Yacapsin (of Messiah College)

SPRING/SUMMER 2018

Dr. Shannon Doak (Spring 2018). Dissertation Title: Social Media as a PLN for Professional Development: Teachers in International Schools Use and Perspectives. Research Type: Survey. Committee Chair: Dr. Kerry Rice / Member(s): Dr. Chareen Snelson; Dr. Young Baek

Dr. Christopher Smith (Spring 2018). Dissertation Title: Synchronous Online Peer Tutoring via Video Conferencing Technology: An Exploratory Case Study. Research Type: Case Study. Committee Chair: Dr. Patrick Lowenthal / Member(s): Dr. Chareen Snelson; Dr. Dazhi Yang

Dr. Thomas J. Wing, III (Summer 2018). Dissertation Title: The Effects of Formative Assessment on Students' Connectedness, Satisfaction, Learning, and Academic Performance within an Online Healthcare Course. Research Type: Quantitative. Committee Chair: Dr. Andy Hung / Member(s): Dr. Kerry Rice, Dr. Youngkyun Baek.

FALL 2018

Dr. Darin Gray (Fall 2018). Dissertation Title: Determining the role that self-directed learning readiness and Internet self-efficacy have on online learning self-efficacy for the purpose of increasing persistence in online courses for adult learners. Research Type: Post-hoc, quantitative analysis. Committee Chair: Dr. Andy Hung / Member(s): Dr. Jesús Trespalacios; Dr. Dazhi Yang

Dr. Tony Hetrick (Fall 2018). Dissertation Title: Using the Technology Acceptance Model to Determine Student Perception of eLearning Readiness in Kazakhstan. Research Type: Survey-based research, Quantitative analysis. Committee Chair: Dr. Ross Perkins / Member(s): Dr. Andy Hung; Dr. Brett Shelton

Dr. Chris LaBelle (Fall 2018). Dissertation Title: The Administration of Online Programs in Statewide Systems: A Case Study of the University System of New Hampshire. Research Type: Qualitative Case Study. Committee Chair: Dr. Patrick Lowenthal / Members: Dr. Norm Friesen, Dr. Kerry Rice

Dr. Lisa Rodman (Fall 2018). Dissertation Title: Knowledge-Sharing and Virtual Community of Practice Potential in the USCG’S Afloat Community: A Qualitative Case Study. Research Type: Qualitative Case Study. Committee Chairs: Dr. Jesús Trespalacios / Members: Dr. Brett Shelton, Dr. Patrick Lowenthal.

Dr. Anthony Saba (Fall 2018). Dissertation Title: Student Perceptions of Instructor Immediacy in Online Program Courses. Research Type: Mixed-methods. Committee Chair: Dr. Patrick Lowenthal / Members: Dr. Chareen Snelson, Dr. Ross Perkins

Dr. Scott Woolstenhulme (Fall 2018). Dissertation Title: How Do Teachers Influence the Impact of Computer Adaptive Instruction? A Mixed-Methods Analysis of Lexia Core5 Implementation in Second-Grade Classrooms. Research Type: Mixed-methods. Committee Chair: Dr. Ross Perkins / Members: Dr. Norm Friesen, Dr. Andy Hung

SPRING 2019

Dr. Jeanna Cronk (Spring 2019). Dissertation Title: Faculty Perception of Smartphones and Smartphone Integration in Faculty Development and the Classroom: A Case Study. Research Type: Case Study. Committee Chair: Ross Perkins / Member(s): Dr. Lida Uribe-Flórez, Dr. Patrick Lowenthal

Dr. Allison Hall (Spring 2019). Dissertation Title: Personalized professional learning experiences and teacher self-efficacy for integrating technology in K-12 classrooms. Research Type: Mixed Method. Committee Chair: Dr. Jesús Trespalacios / Member(s): Dr. Lida Uribe-Flórez, Dr. Kerry Rice.

Dr. Mary Alice Hudson (Spring 2019). Dissertation Title: Using A Multifaceted Robotics-based Intervention to Increase Student Interest in STEM and Computational Thinking Skills. Research Type: Mixed Method. Committee Chair: Dr. Youngkyun Baek / Member(s): Dr. Kerry Rice, Dr. Yu-hui Ching

Dr. Shannon Skelcher (Spring 2019). Dissertation Title: Online Graduate Students’ Sense of Community to Their Higher Learning Institution: A Mixed Methods Study. Research Type: Mixed Method. Committee Chair: Dr. Dazhi Yang / Member(s): Dr. Chareen Snelson, Dr. Jesús Trespalacios.

Dr. Joseph Waarvik (Spring 2019). Dissertation Title: Predicting Teacher Usage of Learning Games. Research Type: Quantitative. Committee Chair: Dr. Youngkyun Baek / Member(s): Dr. Andy Hung, Dr. Ross Perkins.