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#UTampa Honors Program Symposia [Presentation]

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of presenting to the UT Honors Programs students and faculty as well other UTampa colleagues and staff members. I presented on the topic: “Use of Social Media by Graduate Students and Programs.” This is a research area that I am currently exploring and I was able to share some preliminary results. Click on the image below to access the link to the complete Prezi presentation:

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Photo Credit: Gul Sahin
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Apply Now: #AECT16 Early Career Symposium

If you are an advance doctoral student or an early career faculty, I strongly recommend applying to the AECT 2016 Early Career Symposium. I participated in 2012 and it was a wonderful experience. For me, it was a great way to meet other graduate students and early career faculty (network). I also enjoyed interacting with the mentors (they shared their experiences in academia and provided advice). This are the intended outcomes of the early career symposium:

  • Mentoring of doctoral students into the social/professional network as partners in ideation, prototyping, idea execution, and knowledge curation;
  • Supporting early-career faculty and doctoral students in developing viable short- and long-term cyberlearning research agendas;
  • Providing specific feedback and guidance to early-career faculty and doctoral students about their research agendas (e.g. how to build a research agenda, pursue funding, and maintain successful collaborations);
  • Expanding and strengthening the cyberlearning community by creating a community of researchers committed to designing the next generation of learning technologies and increasing understanding of how people learn in technology-rich learning environments.

For more information or to apply:

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Older Adult Neuro Research [#Crowdfunding]

Here is the quick version: One of my research collaborators JoAnne Scott started a  crowdfunding page ( to help support a portion of our research project related to Geriatric Learners. You can watch the video below to learn more about the project and to understand how the funds will help cover the expenses of the project:

Jo and myself are very passionate about this research project! I hope you consider supporting this effort. To keep all of you (who ever takes the times to read my blog — ?) inform on this project and how things are moving along, there is a Facebook Page for the project:

Thank you in advance!

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The “Quick Update” Post

I wanted to write a couple of posts about things I experienced this last semester and then life happened! So, I am merging it all into this post. Please forgive the imperfection of my writing. I probably will not take the time edit and re-edit. What you are about to read are the words as they flow from my brain to the keyboard to this blog.

Since I last wrote a blog post (not an announcement but an actual blog post) I became a mom. This time last year, I was in Switzerland in a Faculty Exchange program. It was exactly during the exchange that I discovered that I was expecting a baby. Yes, the pregnancy test results read “Schwanger.”



Many things have happened in my personal/professional life in the last year (since I found out I was pregnant) and I want to share them in my blog. However, I am still trying to figure out how to best express those experiences and feelings in a blog post (or maybe more than one). I hope to take some time to write about this experiences in the near future.

What I do want to share in this blog post is that I have officially completed my third year in  a tenure track position. At the beginning of the Spring 2016 semester, I submitted all my materials and by mid March had received all the pre-tenure letters. This is a minor milestone but I still consider it a milestone. I guess the questions that I need to answer now is: what is happening past pre-tenure? Well, pretty much just keep on working hard. I have a long term “to-do list” that I have to tackle and of course, the everyday “to-do list.”

The last three years served to connect with really amazing faculty and graduates students with whom I have found common ground (topics of interest) to work on projects. Some of these projects are strictly related to the instructional design practice and others are more multidisciplinary. I am very excited about this projects and some of them will presented in conferences later this years (currently working on getting some manuscripts out for review). Other projects are just starting so more details coming soon.

I also want to quickly mention that I also started professional service with the AERA SIG Design & Technology as a Technology Liaison. I am excited for this opportunity and very much looking forward to working with colleagues in the SIG. This previous sentence reminded me that I wanted to mention how much I enjoyed attending AERA 2016. I did not present a paper but instead had the opportunity to participate in a mentoring program sponsored by the AERA SIG Design & Technology. I met two outstanding graduate students, Amanda and Yi.

I hope the SIG continues the mentoring program in the future. It was a great opportunity to share my graduates student and faculty journey. Most importantly, it was an opportunity to listen to the concerns of graduate students and, hopefully, provide guidance. I also learned from the graduate students in the process. Both graduate students, Amanda and Yi, shared conferences, resources, and research groups that were completely new to me.

During the conference I also participated as moderator in a panel discussion on the past, present, and future of the design and technology field. The panelist included Elizabeth Boling, Pat Hardre, and George Veletsianos. It was nice to listen to the panelists’ perspective on the current state of the field as well as suggestions for graduate students and faculty doing research on topics related to design and technology. The current Graduate Student Representative of the SIG Design and Technology board, Shonn, live tweeted the panel presentation. If you are interested in reading more about it, you can check out the AERA SIG Design & Technology Twitter stream.

That is all I have for now. Hoping to be post more in the near future. Hopefully, future post will not be as lengthy.

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#AECT16 Call for Featured Research Papers


The Sessions
On each of the three days of concurrent sessions at the Las Vegas Convention (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) one 60-minute session will be devoted to presentation and discussion of two Featured Research papers. These sessions will be highlighted in the program. Each presenter will have 15-20 minutes to present their paper, followed by five minutes of critique, comment, and synthesis by a noted discussant and five minutes of question-and-answer by audience members.

Nature of the Studies
Featured Research papers will report on a COMPLETED RESEARCH study that has not been published in a journal nor previously presented at a conference. The paper should describe an EMPIRICAL STUDY that used primarily quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods. In all cases, a study must involve the collection of data. Literature reviews, papers describing theories unaccompanied by supporting data, and other non-data-based papers will not be considered for this type of session. A study must have been conducted and the data analyzed at the time a proposal is submitted.

Submission Deadline:February 1, 11:59PM (EST), 2016. You must submit your proposal using the online submission form. Read the guidelines for electronic submissions. Be sure to select the submission group, ‘Featured Research’ to submit your paper.
Enter your proposal in the online proposal form, following the directions provided. After you submit your proposal, you will receive electronic notification that it has been received. The peer review process begins shortly after the submission deadline.

Notification of Acceptance as a Featured Research Paper
Authors of accepted Featured Research papers must submit their full papers to their discussant/facilitator by midnight September 1, 2016. Authors who fail to submit their paper by this deadline will not be allowed to present their paper at the conference and will not appear in the convention program as a Featured Research paper. Papers not accepted for Featured Research may be forwarded to an appropriate division for consideration.

Presenters are required to assume responsibility for all costs associated with the presentation, including convention registration, travel, lodging, handout materials.

Questions regarding proposals submitted as a Featured Research should be directed to Enilda Romero-Hall at

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Call for Papers on: Educational Design Research for Technology-­Supported Post-­Secondary Learning

Please find attached a Call for Papers on: Educational Design Research for Technology-­Supported Post-­Secondary Learning. The Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET) is accepting submissions until 28 February, 2015. Click on the following link to access a document with all the details: AJET_SpecialIssue_2015_CFP[1]
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#AECT2014 Early Career Symposium

AECT’s Research and Theory Division is proud to announce the call for participants for the 2014 Early Career Symposium sponsored by the National Science Foundation: Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies. The symposium will be held at the annual AECT International Convention on Tuesday, November 4 (full day) and Wednesday, November 5 (half day) at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville, Florida. The symposium will engage participants in a day and a half of focused career mentoring and networking.

The symposium will reimburse each participant with the following:

  • $200 for transportation
  • 2 nights at the convention hotel (at convention rates)
  • Convention registration fee ($195 for graduate students, $400 for faculty)

For more information, please click on the link: