UM EDLD Presents at 2017 AERA

Rita Spear, Educational Leadership doctoral candidate, Dr. Dan Lee and Dr. Patty Kero recently presented their research at the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) annual meeting held between April 13 - 17 in San Antonio, TX.  AERA members may be found in every U.S. state and in 85 countries worldwide.  AERA’s 25,000+ members are committed to high-quality research that yields cumulative and replicable findings of value for improving education.

Their paper entitled, Perceptions of Social Presence among Public University Graduate Students Enrolled in Synchronous and Asynchronous Coursework examined graduate students’ sense of social presence in three instructional settings; face-to-face classes, online courses, and any hybrid classes utilizing our department’s Double Robotics robots.  Perhaps most interesting is that students using robots reported an increased sense of class membership; a heightened appreciation for peers’ humor, and a greater ability to form distinct impressions of fellow classmates.  These preliminary results gave Rita, Dan and Patty reason to continue their pursuit of this line of inquiry as subsequent findings could yield important implications for distance education programs.