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Promoting Student Access and Success Through Research

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Presenter(s)
Tanya Joosten (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, USA)
Diane Reddy (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA)
Session Information
October 16, 2015 - 10:45am
Track: 
Student Services and Learner Support
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Research Study
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
Audience Level: 
All
Session Type: 
Featured Session
Location: 
Southern Hemisphere II
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Session: 
Concurrent Session 10
Virtual Session
Abstract

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee discusses promoting access and success of distance education students through research efforts. They will share their agenda in the establishment of the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancement (DETA) funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education.

Extended Abstract

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee discusses promoting access and success of distance education students through research efforts. They will share their agenda in the establishment of the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancement (DETA) funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. They seek to foster student access and success through evidence-based, cross-institutional online learning practices and technologies. Specifically, the DETA Research Center (uwm.edu/deta) looks to identify and evaluate effective course and institutional practices in online learning, including competency-based education, for underrepresented populations through rigorous research. The presentation will share DETA's research agenda, proposed research model for distance education, and opportunities for community engagement. Let's do some research!

Lead Presenter
Tanya Joosten

Tanya Joosten is the director of eLearning Research and Development at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) where she works to guide strategic eLearning efforts at the campus, state, and national levels, to develop innovative programming for the UWM campus, and to lead a team of researchers to advance the field of eLearning. She is the co-director of the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements supported by the U.S Department of Education.

Tanya has been recognized by the Sloan-Consortium as a fellow for her work in blended and online learning. She is a teacher of tech-enhanced, blended, and online courses in the field of communication for over 15 years, including online courses in human communication and technology and organizational communication at UWM, published author in communication technology in teaching and learning, including her recent book, Social Media for Educators, and chapter in, Blended Learning: Research Perspectives, a social scientist researching technology-mediated pedagogy and its impact on student outcomes, and a well-known speaker and consultant across the globe.

As a practitioner, Tanya Joosten previously led the Learning Technology Center, including efforts in faculty development for online and blended teaching, development of UWM's blended and online faculty development program, supervised administration of the campus LMS, including faculty training and support, and led campus efforts for certification, recognition, and engagement initiatives for blended and online teaching. She has worked together with the Provost's office, schools, colleges, and units to help in the development of over 40 blended and online degree programs at UWM over the last decade.

Tanya Joosten's efforts have been highlighted in many national news and media outlets, including the Chronicle of Higher Education, Ed Tech Magazine, eCampus News, and have led to her involvement in planning for the future of education, including the UWM Campus and Digital Futures Planning, State of Wisconsin Superintendent's Digital Learning Advisory Council, NMC Horizon Project Higher Ed Advisory Board, EDUCAUSE Evolving Technologies Steering Committee, and EDUCAUSE IT Status committee.

  
Diane Reddy

Diane M. Reddy is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at UWM. She co-developed the technology-enabled U-Pace instructional approach, which won the 2012 National University Technology Network (NUTN) Distance Education Innovation Award, the 2013 Desire2EXCEL Impact Award, and the 2014 Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) Outstanding Work Award. Dr. Reddy has extensive experience teaching thousands of U-Pace students, and training U-Pace instructors. Her research has been supported with multiple grants. She is PI on a randomized controlled trial evaluating U-Pace instruction funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. She is also co-PI on the U.S. Department of Education, Funds for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education grant establishing the national Distance Education and Technological Advancement (DETA) Research Center at UWM and a grant from EDUCAUSE funded through their Next Generation Learning Challenges program, which focused on U-Pace instruction. Dr. Reddy is the recipient of national/international awards for online instruction including the 2015 Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education/ Brightspace Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning and the 2014 Online Learning Consortium Excellence in Online Teaching Award.