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Faculty Present Research at Scholarship Brown Bag Events

Saturday, March 01, 2014

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Amy Garrett Dikkers has been conducting research to determine how online teaching and learning has impacted face-to face teaching practices. On Feb. 10, Garrett Dikkers presented research titled, “The Intersection of Online and Face-to-Face Teaching and Learning,” at a Scholarship Brown Bag Series event at the college.

The research coincides with an increase in online and blended learning environments in P-12 schools, colleges and universities. The presentation can be viewed here >

Sue-Jen Chen presented research titled, “Learning English Vocabulary through Singing: The Implementation of the SIR-KR Instructional Model on Taiwanese Aboriginal Students,” at a Scholarship Brown Bag event in March.

Chen said Aborigines, who represent 22 percent of the Taiwanese population, have traditionally shown low academic performance and little interest in learning English. Working with a colleague at the University of Taiwan, Chen developed an instructional model --  Singing, Instructing, Replacing, Karaoke Singing, and Recording (SIR-KR) -- to promote English vocabulary learning. The professors found the program increased student learning and motivation when tested in classroom with 28 students. Chen plans to conduct additional research in the future using larger sample sizes, expanded durations and different student populations, including English Second Language (ESL) students in the United States.

Chen’s presentation can be viewed here >