So, this time last week I was at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. It is one of the largest conference that you can possibly attend related to education research. About 15,000 education researchers attend every year. This year the conference was hosted in my hometown, the beautiful city of Toronto!
I was really excited for the conference this year. I was planning to present along with an alumni of the UT IDT program who is now a doctoral student at Old Dominion University, Leonor Adams.
Leonor and I presented on the formative assessment of ERAS (an Experiential Role-Playing Aging Simulation). This is work that was conducted along with Megan Osgood (an undergraduate student at The University of Tampa. ERAS is now been re-designed using a different software. I am working with two instructional design interns, Andrea Fonseca and Erika Petersen (graduate students at the UT IDT program) to transition the content to the new platform.
In addition to this presentation, I also presented the design case of ERAS in a roundtable presentation. This was co-author with Dr. Renee Patrick (UT psychology department) and Gul Sahin (alumni of the UT IDT program). The design case of ERAS is now in press in the International Journal of Designs for Learning. We are expecting it to be publish open access in a few months.
Overall, a great conference! It is always wonderful catching up with colleagues. Also, it was great to be Toronto. Look forward to future AERA conferences.
Dr. Enilda Romero-Hall
This past week, Dr. Romero-Hall was invited as a guest speaker in the Visions of Education podcast series. We are sharing the podcast here for anyone who is in the education field and wants to subscribe to the podcast. Also, we want to share the link to the podcast episode. Dr. Romero-Hall discussed some of her recent research related to #SocialMedia in #HigherEducation:
This is a one of five podcast episodes that focus on #SocialMediaEd discussions leading up to the SITE conference next week in Las Vegas, NV.
You can click on this link to access a full list of resources (articles, books, and videos) mentioned in podcast episode: https://visionsofed.com/2019/03/10/episode-108-social-media-in-higher-education-with-enilda-romero-hall/
This past weekend The University of North Florida hosted the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC). Many undergraduate students from The University of Tampa presented topics in which they engage on research. One of these students was Renata Sindicic, who has been working with me and collaborating in research since last August 2018. I feel extremely proud of Renata, #FURC2019 was her very first time presenting in a conference! She worked hard on the design of the poster and practice her presentation prior to the event. I am thankful to have her as part of the research team! Renata presented preliminary results of our research related to the use of social media by undergraduate students.
We gathered today to celebrate the end of the semester (all the work that has been done this Fall 2018 term) and the upcoming holidays. I am so lucky to work with Linlin and Renata. Finding a group of people that you can work with "smoothly" is often a challenge. These ladies speak the same "language" I do (they know how to decipher my emails) and they get my schedule. They are also eager to learn and are constantly challenging themselves. They are not scared to asked for guidance but can also work independently. This holiday season, I am thankful to work with such a wonderful team!
Today Renata and I got to attend the 2018 - 2019 University of Tampa Undergraduate Research and Inquiry Grant Awardees Luncheon. At least 40 undergraduate students are paired with UT faculty to work on different research projects. Personally, the last few months have been very rewarding. It is so wonderful to see Renata evolve. She is such an insightful and ingenious research assistant! We have several projects were are working on. Next year, we have a number of conference presentations and we plan to submit several manuscripts for publication. Here are a few snapshots from the event.