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Challenges Of Accrediting Distance Education Allied Health Programs With Clinical Components, Auburne Kay Deming Hutchins Jan 2016

Challenges Of Accrediting Distance Education Allied Health Programs With Clinical Components, Auburne Kay Deming Hutchins

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This qualitative study examined the challenges of assessing allied health education programs with clinical components offered in a distance education (DE) format from the perspective of the educational accreditor. As technology continues to expand our virtual horizons of educational opportunity, so does the ability to offer programs of higher education in ways that before may have never been imagined possible. The mark of a high quality education in healthcare is that the student graduates from an accredited program. It is the responsibility of the accrediting body to ensure that these programs meet all of the necessary standards, regardless of the ...


Teacher Perceptions Of Pedagogical Change In 1:1 Laptop Classrooms, Jessie Marie Christensen Jan 2015

Teacher Perceptions Of Pedagogical Change In 1:1 Laptop Classrooms, Jessie Marie Christensen

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This research study sought to answer two research questions: 1) How do K-12 teachers perceive that their pedagogical approaches change or remain the same after being involved in a 1:1 program? and 2) What factors do K-12 teachers identify that impact or prevent pedagogical change? The researcher adapted sections of Becker and Anderson (1999)’s Teaching Learning, and Computing Teacher Survey. The instrument was distributed online by email and included 166 responses from teachers who had worked in a school with a 1:1 program for at least one year. Sixty-five percent (65%) of the participants believed that their ...


Evaluating The Effectiveness Of The Master Of Science In Agronomy Distance Program: A Comprehensive Investigation Of Learners’ Perspective Of Quality In Distance Learning, Asimoula Valai Jan 2015

Evaluating The Effectiveness Of The Master Of Science In Agronomy Distance Program: A Comprehensive Investigation Of Learners’ Perspective Of Quality In Distance Learning, Asimoula Valai

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The main purpose of this research is to provide an in-depth evaluation of the effectiveness of distance learning programs by conducting a comprehensive investigation of the learners perspective of quality in the Masters of Science in Agronomy distance program at the Iowa State university. It is presented in a manuscript format as it includes three publishable journal articles that represent Chapters 2, 3 and 4 of a traditional thesis along with a General Introduction and Conclusion Chapters.

This thesis argues that current quality standards and evaluation models applied in distance learning are insufficient in addressing the learner’s perspective of ...


Design Research On Systems Thinking Approach In Veterinary Education, Li-Shan Tao Jan 2015

Design Research On Systems Thinking Approach In Veterinary Education, Li-Shan Tao

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to investigate the application of a newly designed systems approach to the problem of students' lack of big-picture experience in the College of Veterinary Medicine. To determine whether students' performance on problem-solving for various scenarios improved after intervention , a design research methodology was adopted to develop a systems-approach teaching and learning environment. Three iterations were conducted, with improvements to the instructional approach following each of the first two iterations.

The results supported the hypothesis that instructional intervention led to modest but statistically significant increases in students' use of system thinking across the three experimental ...


Understanding The Role Of The Modality Principle In Multimedia Learning Environments, Amy Marie Oberfoell Jan 2015

Understanding The Role Of The Modality Principle In Multimedia Learning Environments, Amy Marie Oberfoell

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The modality principle was first addressed in 1989 by Mayer and Moreno. The modality principle asserts presenting words as speech, rather than on-screen text, is more effective for the learner. The modality principle states that learners are more successful with understanding information that uses narration than on-screen text because the on-screen text may produce a cognitive overload if it is accompanied by other visual elements. This overload may occur due to the learner needing to give attention to the visual graphic/image as well as provide visual attention to the on-screen text. However, if the on-screen text is narrated, the ...


Understanding The Use Of Tablet Devices In The Classroom When Teaching A Group Of Learners Diagnosed With Autism, Andrea Lynn Halabi Jan 2015

Understanding The Use Of Tablet Devices In The Classroom When Teaching A Group Of Learners Diagnosed With Autism, Andrea Lynn Halabi

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The increasing number of individuals diagnosed with autism, the shift in educational paradigms, and technology advances that allow affordability and accessibility were the motivation behind this study. Learners with autism have the potential to develop social and emotional skills as well as increasing motivation for learning while using technology, in particular tablet devices (i.e., iPads) as instructional tools. The purpose of this case study was to better understand the use of technology (in particular, tablet devices) to teach mathematics to a group of learners diagnosed with autism. Two research questions guided this study: (1) How do the motivational principles ...


Virtual Field Trips As An Educational And Motivational Strategy To Teach Iowa History, Karl Harven Hehr Jan 2014

Virtual Field Trips As An Educational And Motivational Strategy To Teach Iowa History, Karl Harven Hehr

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

There is a lack of research surrounding the use of virtual field trips (VFT) in education, specifically social studies education. This study seeks to examine the VFT as a possible instructional tool that will motivate students, increase understanding and promote deeper learning. The research focuses on three specific questions: In what ways do virtual field trips motivate students to learn about social studies and history? What is the nature of learning in a virtual field trip? How is student achievement impacted as measured by student achievement improve as measured by traditional assessments (multiple choice exams or written tests) after participating ...


Computer Self-Efficacy: Instructor And Student Perspectives In A University Setting, Kenneth D. Kass Jan 2014

Computer Self-Efficacy: Instructor And Student Perspectives In A University Setting, Kenneth D. Kass

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine instructor and student computer self-efficacy related to learning about and using computer technologies that are used within a university setting. In addition, this study explored feelings related to using and learning about new technologies and also examined the use of specific support resources. This study utilized survey methodology to examine instructor and student computer self-efficacy. The overall response rate on the survey was 56.98% (n = 257) for instructors and 12.39% (n = 653) for students. Computer self-efficacy related to using new technologies using specific support resources for both instructors and students ...


Academic Game Development: Practices And Design Strategies For Creating Stem Games, Mark Edwin Stenerson Jan 2012

Academic Game Development: Practices And Design Strategies For Creating Stem Games, Mark Edwin Stenerson

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

In the last decade, there has been an increase in legislation and funding that aims to get students in the United States interested in fields involving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in order to keep the United States competitive with other countries in these important academic areas. However, making these topics interesting and engaging to students has been challenging. A 2010 report by the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology concluded that schools in the United States lack passionate teachers and adequate tools to teach these subjects. Due to these deficiencies, ``too many American students conclude early ...


Computer-Mediated Communication In Higher Education: An Exploration Of Knowledge Construction , Mustafa Tuncay Saritas Jan 2006

Computer-Mediated Communication In Higher Education: An Exploration Of Knowledge Construction , Mustafa Tuncay Saritas

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Constructivist theories about knowledge construction emphasize that knowledge construction is more powerful and meaningful when it is actively built up by students through engaging in equilibrated exchanges and experiencing cognitive disequilibrium. From this perspective, knowledge construction is thought to be effective in learning environments where intense interactive discussions can take place, deeply held values are shared, and complex issues examined from multiple perspectives (Harasim, 1990). Computer-mediated communication, more specifically computer conferencing systems (CCS), has captured the interest of educators as an ideal tool to create this type of learning environment, featuring active, participative, and reflective learning;This study developed a ...


Technology Integration For Teaching And Learning Spanish In Elementary Schools: Voices Of Designers, Teachers And Students , Eduardo García Villada Jan 2006

Technology Integration For Teaching And Learning Spanish In Elementary Schools: Voices Of Designers, Teachers And Students , Eduardo García Villada

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

A critical review of the literature on computer-assisted language learning (CALL) research between 1980 and 2005 indicates that no one in the field of foreign language at the elementary school (FLES) has identified what principles might be useful for practice-oriented CALL that is relevant for young learners, and that very little research had been published in the area. To fill this gap, a theoretical framework is proposed to design, evaluate, and use CALL materials for FLES, and the framework is tested in two studies.;The first was a phenomenological investigation of K-6 teachers' projects from a teachers' professional development program ...


Perceptions And Practices Of Effective Distance Teaching: A Survey Of Faculty At Iowa State University , Ann Kathleen Bugler Jan 2006

Perceptions And Practices Of Effective Distance Teaching: A Survey Of Faculty At Iowa State University , Ann Kathleen Bugler

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study was conducted to examine the beliefs and practices of effective distance teaching by university faculty members and to compare distance teaching practices with face-to-face practices. An on-line survey using multiple choice and open-ended questions was distributed to a convenience sample of faculty members from a large, Midwestern university who taught at a distance between the spring of 2001 and the spring of 2005. Descriptive data were collected on demographics, beliefs, and practices of faculty members teaching at a distance. The response rate for this study was almost 64%. The results showed evidence that the faculty members were satisfied ...


Tool Of Transformation: The Ideological Role Of Computer Technology In Education , Lowell Wayne Monke Jan 1999

Tool Of Transformation: The Ideological Role Of Computer Technology In Education , Lowell Wayne Monke

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Computer technology is usually evaluated according to its effectiveness in aiding learning. What is generally ignored is the impact of the ideology embedded in the computer on the very structure of education. This philosophical dissertation consists of four essays which examine the relationship of this ideology to the learning enterprise. The first essay develops the character of that ideology and its general influence on learning. It is argued that the ideology embodied in the computer is congruent with the ideology of technology that has developed in Western civilization over the last 300 years. As a result, the computer furthers a ...


Computers, Critical Literacy, And First-Year Composition: Modestly Re-Thinking Some Comfortable Thoughts , Barbara Blakely Duffelmeyer Jan 1999

Computers, Critical Literacy, And First-Year Composition: Modestly Re-Thinking Some Comfortable Thoughts , Barbara Blakely Duffelmeyer

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

In this critical qualitative research project, students in six sections of First-Year Composition at Iowa State University and the researcher attempted to determine how cultural assumptions about computer technology influence their development of critical computer literacy in FY Comp. Beginning with students' baseline perspectives on digital technology, the study examined the formative experiences and patterns of engagement students relate and characteristic expressions they use to talk about technology. The study followed students as they were invited to re-think their previous attitudes about the computer. The study presents and analyzes the distinctive ways that students re-thought (or failed to re-think) these ...


Constructivist Learning Environments Inviting Computer Technology For Problem Solving: New Junctures For Female Students , Sally Rapp Beisser Jan 1999

Constructivist Learning Environments Inviting Computer Technology For Problem Solving: New Junctures For Female Students , Sally Rapp Beisser

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

While complex problem solving has been traditionally an area in which females have not excelled, there is increased emphasis in the development of problem solving for all learners in the Information Age. Concern exists regarding the gap between male and female competencies in using computer technology. Therefore, the possibility of intervention using computer technology as a tool for learning holds promise for females to develop competencies necessary to become better problem solvers. Interventions assisting female students in using technology to restructure or alter their conceptions of problem solving may prove to be effective in developing of problem-solving skills and computer ...


Authenticity And Technology: Constructing Meaning From An E-Mail Activity, Dawn Marie Sleger Poole Jan 1996

Authenticity And Technology: Constructing Meaning From An E-Mail Activity, Dawn Marie Sleger Poole

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study investigated 28 preservice teachers' involvment in a ten-week long e-mail project linking them with elementary students in a mathematical problem solving activity. The preservice teachers sent mathematical problems each week to their student groups via e-mail. The elementary students solved the problems and responded with their solution and an explanation of their process. Of the college students, three preservice teachers with high levels of mathematics anxiety and three with low levels of anxiety were selected to be examined in case studies. Interviews with the case study participants, as well as data collected from all of the class members ...


Identifying, Attributing, And Dispelling Student Misconceptions In Electrochemistry , Michael James Sanger Jan 1996

Identifying, Attributing, And Dispelling Student Misconceptions In Electrochemistry , Michael James Sanger

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation contains six chapters. The first chapter is a review of the chemical education literature concerning suggestions or personal opinions promoting one pedagogical method of teaching oxidation-reduction reactions or electrochemistry, descriptions of real world examples of oxidation-reduction reactions or electrochemistry, and empirical data aimed at identifying student difficulties or misconceptions related to oxidation-reduction reactions or electrochemistry. The second through fifth chapters contain the results of my research on student misconceptions in electrochemistry as they were submitted for journal publication. The sixth chapter contains an opinion paper concerning the possible mismatch between Science-Technology-Society/ChemCom-based high school chemistry courses and traditional ...


Factors Related To The Adoption Of A Two-Way Interactive Distance Education Technology: Instrument Development, Instrument Validation, And Causal Model Testing , Sanaa Ibrahim Abou-Dagga Jan 1995

Factors Related To The Adoption Of A Two-Way Interactive Distance Education Technology: Instrument Development, Instrument Validation, And Causal Model Testing , Sanaa Ibrahim Abou-Dagga

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of the study was to identify the factors related to teachers' perceived likelihood of using a state-wide two-way interactive distance education technology, the Iowa Communication Network (ICN). The research model was developed using existing models in the diffusion of innovation literature, as well as in the attitude-behavior literature. The predictor variables developed from constructs in the literature, were habit of using innovative technologies, general attitude toward the ICN, utilitarian outcomes, normative outcomes, self-identity outcomes, attitude toward using the ICN for classroom instructional activities, and teachers' likelihood of using the ICN if it were available;The data were collected ...


Computational Science Projects And The Development Of Mathematical Problem Solving Skills In Secondary Students , Stephen Andrew Fyfe Jan 1995

Computational Science Projects And The Development Of Mathematical Problem Solving Skills In Secondary Students , Stephen Andrew Fyfe

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The computer has great potential as a tool for the teaching of Mathematics; Two tools that can be used to guide the use of the computer in a mathematics classroom are the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' Curriculum and Evaluation Standards and situated cognition theory. This dissertation will summarize recent research on four computer-based tools in the mathematics classroom: computer simulation, programming, spreadsheet and graphing software, and computer networks. The existing research in each of these areas will be related to the NCTM standards and situated cognition theory. In addition, high performance computing tools and computational science projects will ...


Computer Assisted Language Learning (Call): The Effect Of Esl Students' Use Of Interactional Modifications On Listening Comprehension , Jing-Fong Jane Hsu Jan 1994

Computer Assisted Language Learning (Call): The Effect Of Esl Students' Use Of Interactional Modifications On Listening Comprehension , Jing-Fong Jane Hsu

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Theory and research on second language acquisition (SLA) indicates that modification in the interactions between second language (L2) students and native speakers may have a positive influence on their acquisition of language (Long, 1983; Allright, 1991; Larsen-Freeman & Long, 1991). However, there is not enough opportunity for interactional modifications in the L2 classroom because there is only one native speaker for many students, making it impossible for teachers to engage in numerous interactional modifications with individual students.;CALL developers claim that CALL offers an environment in which an L2 student can participate in interactive learning (Ahmad, 1985; Kenning, 1990). In particular some computer software provides comprehension tools which allow L2 students to request modification of the input they receive in order to aid their comprehension. In theory, such tools are ideal for SLA; however, in practice, little is known about ...


Computer Simulations, Reflective Journals, Peer Group Interactions, And Conceptual Change About Electricity With Preservice Teachers , Constance Phyllis Hargrave Jan 1993

Computer Simulations, Reflective Journals, Peer Group Interactions, And Conceptual Change About Electricity With Preservice Teachers , Constance Phyllis Hargrave

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Research on how students learn science concepts suggests that often students develop naive theories (or misconceptions) to explain natural phenomena. Students at various grade levels possess misconceptions about electricity; moreover, students use these misconceptions to explain the flow of electrical current within a circuit;Because students tend to use their misconceptions about science concepts to understand new concepts, the development of instructional strategies that assist students in changing their science misconceptions could greatly improve student learning. The purpose of this study was to operationalize and test the conceptual change model of learning to alter students' misconceptions about electricity. This study ...


Distance Education Via Compressed Video: An Evaluation Of The Attitudes And Perceptions Of Students And Instructors , Karen Ann Jurasek Jan 1993

Distance Education Via Compressed Video: An Evaluation Of The Attitudes And Perceptions Of Students And Instructors , Karen Ann Jurasek

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The past few years have seen an increased interest in the use of compressed video technology to deliver instruction. The purpose of this study was to evaluate: (a) whether compressed video technology could be used to deliver distance education courses effectively, (b) whether instructors' and students' would have positive attitudes toward the technology, and (c) whether there was a difference in the learning of students at either the origination site or the receive site.


Distance Education: A Cost Analysis , Judy Irene Book Jones Jan 1992

Distance Education: A Cost Analysis , Judy Irene Book Jones

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Today, the technical capabilities exist for all schools to provide effective distance education opportunities. While the technologies do offer solutions to enable school districts to improve their curricula and learning experiences, they also create new problems. They are expensive and complicated. There are a growing number of efforts to make telecommunication infrastructure and information resources available; however, access to telecommunication resources varies considerably in different locations (U. S. Congress, 1989). There can be large differences in estimated costs and actual expenditures (Feasley, 1982). There are price and quality variances (Eicher, 1987). It is difficult to analyze and compare costs because ...


An Analysis Of Fifty-One Computer Modules Designed To Enhance The Knowledge, Skills, And Attitudes Needed By Teacher Education Students , Patricia Crenshaw Elmore Jan 1991

An Analysis Of Fifty-One Computer Modules Designed To Enhance The Knowledge, Skills, And Attitudes Needed By Teacher Education Students , Patricia Crenshaw Elmore

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation analyzes and reports the findings of student reactions to a set of 51 computer modules called Performance Element Modules (PEMs). These modules focused on selected knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed by teacher education students at a midwestern university. The major purpose of the study was to assess whether students will accept the 51 computer-assisted modules as viable instructional tools;The questionnaires were designed to collect forced-choice and open-ended data as well as demographic data. Students rated the forced-choice items on a scale of 1 to 10. The higher the number, the more the students agreed with the statement ...


An Investigation Of The Potential Of Guided Logo Programming Instruction For Use In The Development And Transfer Of Analogical Reasoning , Nealy Frank Grandgenett Jan 1989

An Investigation Of The Potential Of Guided Logo Programming Instruction For Use In The Development And Transfer Of Analogical Reasoning , Nealy Frank Grandgenett

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study investigated the potential of two major effects of incorporating systematic analogical reasoning training within guided Logo programming instruction. The first goal was to investigate the far transfer effects of such instruction on general analogical reasoning development, as measured by a test associated with general analogical reasoning. The second goal was to investigate the near transfer effects of such instruction on a related computer programming skill--the reuse of subprocedures between programming problems;To provide general analogical reasoning training within a guided programming environment, this study incorporated Swan and Black's suggested pedagogical components for the effective transfer of cognitive ...


Factors Affecting Faculty Attitudes Towards Distance Teaching , Kathleen Anne Stinehart Jan 1987

Factors Affecting Faculty Attitudes Towards Distance Teaching , Kathleen Anne Stinehart

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Which of the literature-identified factors most influence faculty willingness to teach via telecommunications? For this study, attitudinal descriptive elements were lifted from the literature and reformulated into items on a questionnaire. Six categories of items resulted: (1) awareness of distance teaching, (2) the use of technology for instruction, (3) logistical aspects of distance instruction, (4) quality in distance teaching, (5) instructor control over the teaching-learning process, and (6) institutional support for distance instruction. The questionnaire was mailed to a sample of 53 Iowa State University faculty members who had taught at a distance via satellite, audioteleconferencing, videotape or pre-produced telecourses ...


A Comparison Of Toefl Scores With English Placement Essay Performance Scores Of Selected Chinese Students At Iowa State University, 1979, Li-Jung Chen Jan 1980

A Comparison Of Toefl Scores With English Placement Essay Performance Scores Of Selected Chinese Students At Iowa State University, 1979, Li-Jung Chen

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Field Dependence/Field Independence And Instructional Effectiveness Of Selected Illustrations In Science , Faiz Khalil Hasib Jan 1979

Field Dependence/Field Independence And Instructional Effectiveness Of Selected Illustrations In Science , Faiz Khalil Hasib

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Alex: An Analysis Of A Learning System, Leo Alphonse Ruggle Jan 1977

Alex: An Analysis Of A Learning System, Leo Alphonse Ruggle

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.