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GSCIS Professor Presents at American Educational Research Association

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Steve Terrell, Ed.D., left, Peggy Roblyer, Ph.D., and Richard Clark, Ph.D.

A paper by Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences professors Steve Terrell, Ed.D., Laurie Dringus, Ph.D., and Marti Snyder, Ph.D., was presented at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) held April 13– 17 in San Diego, California.

Terrell presented the paper titled “The Development, Validation, and Application of an Online Sense-of-Community Scale.” It describes an instrument that can be used by faculty and administrators in online learning environments to identify students who are potentially at risk of attrition. The authors’ ongoing work focuses on the development of communities of practice that will enhance levels of connectivity between students and faculty thereby leading to higher levels of achievement.

While at the conference, Terrell also served as the discussant in paper sessions dealing with the investigation of Web 2.0 technologies, designing online instruction and the conceptualization and structure of technology instruction. As past president of the Online Teaching and Learning Special Interest Group, it was Terrell’s privilege, along with current president Peggy Roblyer, Ph.D., to host Richard Clark, Ph.D., as the guest speaker for the group’s business meeting. Clark, director of the University of Southern California’s Center for Cognitive Technology, spoke on the past and future of research in online education.