OLC Research Summit - Part 1: Enacting Impactful Research Methods in Our Educational Process and Practice

Concurrent Session 6
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Brief Abstract

This session will examine research methods and continuous improvement strategies institutions are using right now, particularly as it relates to improving student engagement and increasing academic success through innovative teaching and learning strategies. Join Megan Tesene, PhD and Julie Neisler, PhD as they review the current landscape of digital learning research methodology and continuous improvement, the work that they are doing through APLU and Digital Promise for the Every Learner Everywhere Network, and how you too can implement these research methods and strategies in your own work.

     

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Megan Tesene, Ph.D., is the Associate Director for the Personalized Learning Consortium at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Megan directs the Adaptive Courseware for Early Success grant for the Personalized Learning Consortium. In this role, she supports and collaborates with academic leadership from a variety of four-year universities to effectively adopt and implement adaptive learning technologies. Her work centers on enhancing pedagogy, closing achievement gaps, improving accessibility, and ensuring that students from all walks of life have the support and resources necessary to graduate. Prior to joining APLU, Megan served as the Adaptive Learning Program Manager at Georgia State University. Based in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, she managed an interdisciplinary research project leveraging adaptive learning technologies across several gateway undergraduate courses. Megan is a social scientist by training, with expertise in qualitative and mixed-method research. She has taught introductory and upper-level courses at the University of Northern Iowa and Georgia State University. In addition to project management and sociological research, she has extensive experience in program evaluation, faculty development, instructional support, and active learning communities. She has a Ph.D. from Georgia State University and a M.A. from the University of Northern Iowa.

Extended Abstract

This session will examine research methods and continuous improvement strategies institutions are using right now, particularly as it relates to improving student engagement and increasing academic success through innovative teaching and learning strategies. Join Megan Tesene, PhD and Julie Neisler, PhD as they review the current landscape of digital learning research methodology and continuous improvement, the work that they are doing through APLU and Digital Promise for the Every Learner Everywhere Network, and how you too can implement these research methods and strategies in your own work.

This session is one of three parts of the OLC Research Summit, which will begin with an overview and audience-engaged discussion of the current landscape of online education research. In the second session, participants will explore resources, methods of approach, interactive toolkits, and opportunities to share their evidence within and across institutions in support of scaling best practices. Finally, participants will reflect on research in an experiential context by answering the following question - how we might as a community surface and collect themes that emerge from our collaborations? Focusing on OLC Accelerate as our research setting and context, how might we as a community produce a tangible artifact representing the scholarship, thought leadership, and opportunities arising from our work? Ultimately, these three, interconnected sessions at the OLC Accelerate 2020 Research Summit will provide us with new avenues of supporting student success through empirical research that is generative, connected, and impactful.

The Research Summit is included in your OLC Accelerate Virtual Conference 2020 registration fee. There is no additional registration fee to participate in the event.  Learn more about this session and all of the sessions at the Research Summit webpage.