Academia, Higher Education

Thank you, 2018. Looking forward to meeting you 2019!

I’ve been wanting to write a few sentences in my blog for a while, but it has been a “busy” end-of-the-year and also I have been choosing to stay away from my computer. So, while everyone at home is taking a minute to rest, I am writing this blog post.

When I think of 2018, so much comes to mind. It was a year of writing, data collection, and leading. I wrote grants, manuscripts, a book proposal, award applications, conference presentations, and my T&P narrative. I collected data on four different projects. All of this projects are now manuscripts in progress. Last, but not least, thanks to the grants I was awarded I was able to hire and mentor three research assistant this year (Spring and Fall). Of course, in addition to these research related tasks, I also served and taught several courses. I also do not want to forget the study abroad program to Switzerland (hopefully my Swiss friends already received the “Christmas cheer” I sent them in the mail)!

There were moments in which I wondered how I was going to do everything I wanted to do. At the end of the day, I tried my best to never look back, instead I just kept looking forward. One lesson that I believe is extremely important as part of your career (even if you are not an academic) and personal life is to surround yourself with people that have the same vision you have and that share similar values. I know “values” is such a loaded word. I guess what I am trying to say is that it is important to surround yourself with others who will cheer you during the good and bad times. These individuals will keep you grounded when you need to eat a bit of humble pie and will listen when you just want to vent. As Dr. Becca Kennedy mentioned: “it is important to find your people.”

Anyways, 2018 was overall good to me. I guess a better way of saying this is: there were many hours of hard work, emails, meetings, and basically moments of “making magic happen,” BUT in the end I feel good about the outcome(s). Also, this year serve as seed for many more “outcomes” to come.

Wishing you and yours a 2019 full of health, prosperity, and love!

 

Academia, Education, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Research, scholarship, Teaching, Writing

Latest Publication: #SocialMedia Use by #InstructionalDesign Departments

Our publication titled “Social Media Use by Instructional Design Departments” was recently published under ‘early release’ by the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology #openaccess

Romero-Hall, E., Kimmons, R., & Veletsianos, G. (2018). Social media use by instructional design departments. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 34(5), 86-98. https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.3817

Academia, Grant, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Professional Development, Research, scholarship

Graduate & Undergraduate Mentee Contract

Hello! Happy New Year (sorry it is that awkward time of the year in which I am not sure if I should or should not say “Happy New Year”)!

I recently started a small research group with graduate and undergraduate students at my institution. Early in the Fall semester, a few students reached out to me (looking for research experience, mentorship, and collaboration) and I thought it would be a good idea. All of this students want to further their education and go on to doctoral programs. We are currently working on three to four projects together. Last semester was sort of my first time giving this “research group” thing a trial. I learned so much from the experience!

  • Consistent meetings are good
  • Have a meeting agenda
  • Set realistic deadlines
  • Understand each other’s skills
  • Understand each other’s expectations

Yesterday was our first meeting after the Winter Break. We talked about the upcoming data collections, IRB applications, conference proposals, conference presentations, and manuscripts we are planning to work on this semester (we are busy!). I also took time during our meeting to talk about this mentoring experience and what we should all expect. I shared the “Graduate Mentee Contract” to guide the discussion. It was passed on to me by an academic mama who works at a different institution. So I am paying it forward and sharing it in my blog just in case anyone else is looking for something similar.

 

Academia, Distance Education, Education, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Research, scholarship, Teaching

Latest publication: “Examining Distance Learners in #Hybrid #Synchronous #Instruction: Successes and Challenges” #OpenAccess

Our latest publication titled “Examining Distance Learners in Hybrid Synchronous Instruction: Successes and Challenges” in now available #openaccess as part of the latest issues of Online Learning Journal (Special Issues of the AERA SIG Online Teaching and Learning):

Romero-Hall, E. & Vicentini, C. (2017). Examining distance learners in hybrid synchronous instruction: Successes and challenges. Online Learning, 21(4). doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.24059/olj.v21i4.1258.

Academia, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Professional Development, Research, Writing

Link to full-text: “Posting, Sharing, Networking, and Connecting: Use of Social Media Content by Graduate Students”

Here is a link to my latest publication: http://rdcu.be/qiVq

[This is a view only version. Unless you have a personal or institutional subscription to the journal]

Abstract:

The purpose of the present investigation was to better understand graduate students’ use of the content shared in the social media channels of their programs and the perceived impact that their participation in these social media spaces has on the graduate students’ transformation as professionals. Seventy-seven instructional design and technology (ID&T) graduate students completed an electronic questionnaire. The results revealed that although graduate students use social media for personal purposes, they are not always followers or members of the social media spaces of their ID&Tprogram. However, those who follow the social media of theirID&T program found tremendous benefits from the experience. These benefits range from feelings of belonging to acommunity of ID&T professionals, to career opportunitiesfor networking, and cross country interactions.

 

Academia, Instructional Design, Multimedia, Research, Writing

Publication in the IJDL: “Nursing Pain Assessment & Management: A 3D Interactive Simulation”

Journal Article Published in the International Journal of Designs for Learning

Title: “Nursing Pain Assessment & Management: A 3D Interactive Simulation”

Authors: Enilda Romero-Hall, Ginger S. Watson, Yiannis Papelis, Hector Garcia

Link: http://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/ijdl/article/view/5169

Abstract:

In this design case, a team developed a 3D interactive simulation for nursing students and professional nurses to train and practice pain assessment and management procedures. In the simulation environment, the trainees interact with three emotionally expressive animated patients. The three patients vary in their ethnicity, age, and emotion intensity. Successful completion of the scenario requires that the trainee perform of a series of pain assessment and management tasks.  The trainee is evaluated on the efficiency and appropriate sequencing of the tasks.

The purpose of this paper is to describe the decisions made regarding the type of virtual patients used, the clickable objects, the pain assessment interview protocol, the visual representations in the simulation and the web portal. The paper also provides insight into the processes and steps taken during the design and development phases of this 3D interactive simulation including: the tasks analyses, motion capture, validation of the animations in the simulation, programming, and other tasks.

 

 

Academia, Research, Writing

CFP: Special Issue of Springer’s Smart Learning Environments Journal

Call for Papers
Special Issue on “the state of the art in smart learning” in Springer’s Smart Learning Environments Journal

[Open Access Journal: Publication fee will be waived for accepted papers]
IMPORTANT DATES

Full papers due : 20 July 2014
Feedback to authors: 31 August 2014
Revised papers due: 25 September 2014
Special issue publication: December 2014
GUEST EDITORS:

J. Michael Spector, University of North Texas, USA
Marcus Childress, Emporia State University, USA
OBJECTIVES:

The International Association for Smart Learning Environments establishes a broad interpretation of what might constitute a smart learning environment. A learning environment may be considered smart when it makes use of adaptive technologies or when it is designed to include innovative features and capabilities that improve understanding and performance. Furthermore, a smart learning environment might include support for collaboration, struggling learners, and motivation. In addition, a flexible learning environment that automatically makes appropriate adjustments to what a learner knows, has mastered, and wants to learn next can be considered smart.

Specific characteristics of a learning environment that indicate smartness include (a) conversational support for learners, teachers and designers, (b) dynamic updating of student profiles, resources and databases, and (c) automatic [re-]configuration of interfaces to adjust to different learners and learning situations. In short, a smart learning environment has many of the same characteristics that one might find in an experienced and effective human tutor.

Researchers, practitioners, and industry professionals strive to design and develop smart learning environments to reform teaching and learning. The innovative use of new pedagogical approaches and technologies is leading to the evolution, design and implementation of smart learning environments. With a goal of establishing a direction for future research on smart learning environments, this special issue of Smart Learning Environments seeks academic articles on the current state of smart learning environments, including innovative uses of emerging pedagogical approaches and technologies, and research efforts on smart learning environments.
PAPER SUBMISSION:

The length of the paper should be 5000-7000 words. Submission guidelines are available at:
http://www.springer.com/cda/content/document/cda_downloaddocument/A06204_DS_SO_SLE_SASL_CFP_Flyer_02_web.pdf?SGWID=0-0-45-1454402-p175320112
FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information about the journal, please refer to:
http://www.springer.com/computer/journal/40561

With regards,

Kinshuk
kinshuk@ieee.org