Town Hall: Research

Concurrent Session 11
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Learn about the current state of this track's topics, and get a glimpse into the future as well. The Accelerate Track Chairs and Best in Session presenters will share a snapshot of this year’s presentations in each track – the topics, the key words, the industries, and other trending details. Presenters will also guide a collaboration with our face-to-face and online participants to identify new areas needing exploration, examine growing challenges, and begin to investigate new topics waiting just around the corner to be explored.


Dr. Jason T. Abbitt is a Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at Miami University. Dr. Abbitt received his Ph.D. in Education and M.Ed. in Educational Technology from the University of Idaho. He served as the director of the Graduate Program in Special Education from 2012-2020. His current teaching duties include undergraduate and graduate courses in educational technology and also in research methodology and behavioral statistics. His current research focuses is on best practices for online learning and technology integration in teacher preparation. Dr. Abbitt was a recipient of a 2009 Faculty Innovator Award from the University System of Ohio for his work using collaborative Internet systems in higher education.
B. Jean Mandernach, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching at Grand Canyon University. Her research focuses on enhancing student learning in the online classroom through innovative instructional and assessment strategies. In addition, she has interests in the development of effective faculty evaluation models, perception of online degrees, and faculty workload considerations. Jean received her B.S. in comprehensive psychology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, an M.S. in experimental psychology from Western Illinois University and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

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