Debra Sharon Ferdinand-James

Debra Sharon Ferdinand-James
The University of the West Indies at Mona · School of Education

PhD, M.Sc, M.Ed, Dip. Spec. Ed., B.Sc., A.A.Sc

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Introduction
Currently, I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education and coordinator for the Master's in Leadership in TVET/Workforce Education (WFD). I facilitate TVET and workforce development graduate courses. My research interests include blended learning, TVET and Workforce Development, mixed methods research, curriculum inclusiveness, and Industry 4.0.
Additional affiliations
August 2004 - December 2009
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Position
  • Graduate Assistant

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Publications (94)
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In spite of the fact that many universities include blended learning in offering their programmes, student engagement in courses remains a challenge. This research started off as an investigation into the use of the Learning Management System (LMS) by students of an engineering course and into ways to improve student engagement. The heavy usage of...
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Increased enrollment in online programs and courses has prompted a plethora of research on instructional strategies that impact online students’ learning. Most of these strategies came from instructors, and others were solicited from students. While the literature notes that students who have more university experience tend to provide more substant...
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https://www.igi-global.com/chapter/industry-40/211744 ............. Industry 4.0 can be considered the 21st century's industrial revolution and will soon be the new form of manufacturing delight. The definitive customer would experience manufacturing requests determined by artificial intelligence, machine learning, and automated technologies linke...
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The world is shrinking now more than ever due to new scientific and technological breakthroughs that expand the boundaries of human knowledge, resulting in improvements in transportation, communication, space exploration and educational technologies. Today’s students will compete in a technological, diverse, multi-cultural world and must be prepare...
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Research-based projects are conventionally regarded as the capstone of an undergraduate degree. These projects combine what students have learned in their coursework with the undertaking of small, independent research projects. We advocate engaging students towards completing their final research projects from their very first year in science and e...
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Creativity is fundamental to the overall progress of humanity and hence identified as a key competence required for being successful in the XXI century. Teaching that nurtures creativity helps not only to unfold children's creative potential but also to enhance the effectiveness of teaching. The essential step in helping teachers to learn the princ...
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Graduate students have distinct information needs that necessitate developing specific abilities for preparing their research theses. In keeping with the digital transformation trajectory of the higher education global landscape, a virtual reading room (VRR) for directed reading and writing library hours was created to support graduate students...
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The fourth industrial revolution or Industry 4.0. and its resulting shift to Education 4.0. (Ed. 4.0) coupled with the COVID-19 global pandemic catalyzed the education system into emergency remote teaching (ERT). As a teacher educator, the author created an Ed. 4.0. Webquest learning activity for her in-service TVET teachers for modelling asynchron...
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By nature, research is a trek into the unknown by routes that may include a research pilgrimage like attending academic conferences, conducting interviews and experiments, and reading related research often via the digital environment that characterizes higher education in the 21st Century. They may find all sorts of information to include pointers...
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By nature, research is a trek into the unknown by routes that may include a research pilgrimage like attending academic conferences, conducting interviews and experiments, and reading related research often via the digital environment that characterizes higher education in the 21st Century. They may find all sorts of information to include pointers...
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By nature, research is a trek into the unknown by routes that are somewhat unpredictable and unplannable. This trek may include a research pilgrimage like attending academic conferences, conducting interviews and experiments, and reading related research to find vital information to aid in researchers’ discoveries. They may find all sorts of inform...
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The fourth industrial revolution or Industry 4.0. coupled with the COVID-19 global pandemic ushered in Education 4.0. and catalyzed the education system into emergency remote teaching. Educators had a contracted time in preparing for and adjusting to the new normal of teaching in a virtual mode. In addition, many are still in the process of respond...
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The changing landscape of higher education fueled by the advancement in technology has provided opportunities for exploring mentoring strategies both in the traditional and online learning environments. Generally, mentoring in higher education involves one-on-one or group interactions with mentees to provide guidance and support toward achieving se...
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This conference presentation was done at the invitation of the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago on the topic - Building Capacity in Online Learning Towards Workforce Development. The presentation gave insights into the need to build capacity for micro-credentialing in light of the forced shift for both teaching-learning and working remo...
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A presentation of the research for piloting graduate research e-Clinics to support completion of the final research projects. It was funded by a grant that included an attachment for an MPhil student as a research assistant. The research received a Merit Award for Innovation in Teaching of Research Methodology Excellence Awards and was published as...
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Online learning is getting popular among students at a rapid pace. From the year 2002 to 2014, the number of online learners more than tripled, from 1.6 million to 5.8 million in the United States. The popularity of online learning is attributed mostly to the flexibility it provides for learners and the convenience of not having to commute or trave...
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This document is a PDF file of the Book's cover that features its authors, book review, and publisher information.
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This document is a PDF file of the book's cover that contains its authors, review, and publisher information.
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Academic literacy has continued to gain momentum as a disciplinary field over the past twenty years, employing diverse approaches to include a focus on student, lecturer, and institutional issues. These approaches informed a graded review quiz intervention resulting from peer review feedback of teaching by an expert teacher. Used as stimulus materi...
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The plethora of technology tools available today can make teachers feel overwhelmed on which to choose in integrating technology into learning. This presentation illustrates how the Bloom's Digital Taxonomy can make this task easier, while simultaneously aligning your choice to technology with your learning outcome for learning effectiveness. Note...
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Online learning is getting popular among students at a rapid pace. From the year 2002 to 2014, the number of online learners more than tripled, from 1.6 million to 5.8 million in the United States. The popularity of online learning is attributed mostly to the flexibility it provides for learners and the convenience of not having to commute or trave...
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Through a systematic elaboration of the history of educational technology, the book shows how the teaching and learning of the 20th and the 21st centuries have successfully replaced the archaic systems of promulgating education. At the same time, the authors of these essays highlight the dynamism of current students equipped with the multidimension...
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Through a systematic elaboration of the history of educational technology, the book shows how the teaching and learning of the 20th and the 21st centuries have successfully replaced the archaic systems of promulgating education. At the same time, the authors of these essays highlight the dynamism of current students equipped with the multidimension...
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Measuring Teachers creativity nurturing behaviour: preparing studnets for life andwork in the 21st century How do we nurture creativity in students in preparing them for life and work in the 21st Century? The answer to this question is gaining much attention by educational practitioners and researchers as “creativity” as a skill is essential to sec...
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Measuring Teachers creativity nurturing behaviour: preparing studnets for life andwork in the 21st century How do we nurture creativity in students in preparing them for life and work in the 21st Century? The answer to this question is gaining much attention by educational practitioners and researchers as “creativity” as a skill is essential to se...
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The University of the West Indies (UWI) outlined key attributes of its distinctive UWI graduate that include critical and creative thinker, effective communicator with good interpersonal skills, IT-skilled, and information literate. To this end, the students enrolled in the Leadership in MATVET at the School of Education, The UWI, St. Augustine Cam...
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This study proposes a framework for making a paradigm shift from traditional (teacher-centred) to technology-enhanced (student-centred) assessment, using an example of an intelligent tutor. Informed by Situated Learning Theory that addresses students’ needs and concerns in timely learning experiences, the proposed ‘dissecting assessment’ framework...
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Presents the strategies used for providing academic support to Master's students toward completion of their final research projects that includes the use of the discussion forums in a Learning Management System: https://tinyurl.com/research-e-clinic
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Solving a multitude of today's global challenges takes and needs rapid advances in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Humanities, and Mathematics (STEAM) disciplines. The world is looking for ever more scientists and engineers skilled at their profession. In reality, however, due to perceived difficulty of these subjects and frustrations in...
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Continued technological advancements of the 21st Century afford massive data generation in sectors of our economy to include the domains of agriculture, manufacturing, and education. However, harnessing such large-scale data, using modern technologies for effective decision-making appears to be an evolving science that requires knowledge of Big Dat...
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How have we blended technology into lives to include assistive � technology?� What are some needs of persons with hearing disabilities?� How is the Petralex/Dectone App helping to meet these needs?� How is the Petralex/Dectone App being used in education?
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Presenters described the top ten instructional strategies that emerged from the qualitative responses from over 600 master’s students who answered a dissertation survey question: What specific things would you like your online instructors do to help you learn successfully? The presenters related these strategies to the Seven Principles for Good Pra...
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The advancements in technology have created a plethora of options for integrating technology into teaching and learning. Sometimes, this advancement can be tempting for educators to quickly select from the variety of multimedia content relevant to subject areas for integrating into teaching and learning. This paper aims to sensitize educators on th...
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Industry 4.0 can be considered the 21st century's industrial revolution and will soon be the new form of manufacturing delight. The definitive customer would experience manufacturing requests determined by artificial intelligence, machine learning, and automated technologies linked with data science support for gauging customer necessities. Phenome...
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The world is shrinking now more than ever due to new scientific and technological breakthroughs that expand the boundaries of human knowledge, resulting in improvements in transportation, communication, space exploration, and educational technologies. Today’s students will compete in a technological, diverse, multi-cultural world and must be prepar...
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http://ciet.oss.unist.hr/sites/default/files/pictures/CIET%202018%20Conference%20Proceedings.pdf Pp.487-497 ........................... The drive to develop towards Industry 4.0 requires appropriate infrastructure and upgraded educational programmes in order to harness the full potential of its smart products, services and job opportunities in the...
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http://ciet.oss.unist.hr/sites/default/files/pictures/CIET%202018%20Conference%20Proceedings.pdf ..........Pp.487-497................. The drive to develop towards Industry 4.0 requires appropriate infrastructure in order to harness the full potential of its smart services in the future. Existing manufacturing infrastructure include the following:...
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Abstract: The advent of emerging technologies (e.g., Web 2.0, Social Media, and Mobile Apps) now challenge teachers and assessors to make the shift from traditional teacher-centered to learner-centered, technology-enhanced assessment. Digital natives in today’s 21st Century, who readily blend technology into their everyday lives, have prompted the...
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Presentation was created for CIET 2018, Split, Croatia. ........... http://ciet.oss.unist.hr/sites/default/files/pictures/Programme_Friday_Morning2.pdf pp.3.............. Track 3, Room 108, 11.15-12.45 pm, EE & IT, ID 11
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The drive to develop towards Industry 4.0 requires appropriate infrastructure and upgraded educational programmes in order to harness the full potential of its smart products, services and job opportunities in the future. Existing manufacturing infrastructure include the following: planning and technical development segments; materials and procurem...
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Growing student diversity on U.S. campuses is capturing more attention of researchers as faculty grapple with how to respond to the culturally and internationally diverse students in their classrooms (F2F and online). The previous “melting pot” metaphor has shifted to the “salad bowl” for understanding diverse student backgrounds without “melting”...
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World Education Day 2018 contributes to the evolving BIG picture in education, which is moving beyond borders with the advancement in technology.
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To what extent do online students' perceive their course satisfaction and dissatisfaction influence their course performance? Presenters will answer this question based on findings from a dissertation study and references such as Keller's ARCS Model and Herzberg's two-factor theory. They will recommend strategies that could potentially improve onli...
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This covering letter confirms my participation in the Industry 4.0. Task Force established at the University of Naples Federico II for developing joint publications with researchers and professors at the University of Naples.
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The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) reports the trend that over half of the world’s population live in urban areas (towns and cities nearer the Capital), prompting a drastic rise to approximately 5 billion worldwide by the year 2030, especially in Africa and Asia. This predicted urban population shift can result in both positive and negative...
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Industry 4.0 can be considered the 21st Century’s Industrial Revolution and will soon be the new form of manufacturing delight from the previous three industrial revolutions characterized by machines, electrical power, and information technology. The definitive customer would experience manufacturing requests determined by artificial intelligence,...
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The second edition of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) document permits wage earners such as teachers to work freely anywhere in CARICOM without a work permit from Member States. Free movement of teaching skills across the Caribbean region suggests that a seamless Caribbean teacher mentorship policy is required in order for certificatio...
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e-commerce is a supply chain platform where buying and selling of products and services are carried out over the Internet. An e-commerce transaction can be between enterprises, households, individuals, governments, and other public or private organisations (UNCTAD, 2016). The combination of automation and digitalization is revolutionizing manufactu...
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The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) reports the trend that over half of the world’s population live in urban areas (towns and cities nearer the Capital), prompting a drastic rise to approximately 5 billion worldwide by the year 2030, especially in Africa and Asia. This predicted urban population shift can result in both positive and negative...
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Inter-Org Sys is an electronic data interchange of information work flow that allows for flexibility in the use of resources within an organization to facilitate the development of synergy capabilities, all fuelled by the Organizational Internet of Things (OIoT). The evolving synergies can create new revenue streams from the emerging real-time end-...
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Mixed methods (MM) research has gained rapid momentum in its evolution over the past decade as a tool for advancing research practice. Yet, a collective understanding of how individual or group researchers are making the paradigm shift to mixed methods and its varied designs is still to be captured, especially in the Caribbean. Our purpose in prese...
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Continued technological advancements of the 21st Century afford massive data generation in sectors of our economy to include the domains of agriculture, manufacturing, and education. However, harnessing such large-scale data, using modern technologies for effective decision-making appears to be an evolving science that requires knowledge of Big Dat...
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Asynchronous debates are helpful in developing students' critical thinking, e-communication, and student engagement skills while learning related course content. The online team debates allow students more time to research their debating contributions and rebuttals unlike a live F2F debate. As such, students' answers are more in-depth and relevant...
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This link takes you to a review of book and confirmation of Debra Ferdinand-James as contributing author for Asynchronous Debates in Chapter 10: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1119136113.html#
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The purpose of this study was to document the perspectives of teachers who form an important stakeholder to the newly established eConnect and Learn (eCAL) programme in a Caribbean Island state. eCAL is a programme introduced by the government to enhance teaching learning in the country. A qualitative cross-sectional study was undertaken through a...
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Students pursuing graduate studies at a School of Education (SOE) encounter challenges in meeting the required standard of academic writing and submission deadlines for their drafts and final theses. In renewing their commitment to support their graduate students’ research, SOE explored various strategies for helping these students overcome their a...
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Research e-clinics were piloted and shown to reduce lags toward graduate students’ final research projects. As such, a review is done in this presentation at an Early Career Faculty Networking Event to show how these can modified to lend support to early career faculty in developing their publication record for tenure.
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Lags in meeting the submission deadline for master's thesis is a common phenomenon among graduate students, despite them achieving A's and B's in completing their course work. Among the many factors contributing to such lags are inadequate graduate research preparation, personal challenges, and inadequate support/resources for timely completion. In...
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Academic writing is considered a key foundational skill in higher education as students are required to use it to successfully complete most of their courses in higher education programmes. However, students experience academic writing challenges and need additional support to overcome them. Such writing support is offered by most Universities' Wri...
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Recent reports by the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) for the Information Technology (IT) Caribbean Secondary Education Certification (CSEC) signal that the problem solving, program design and implementation components (PS/PDI) are proving challenging for students. Given the growing demand for IT skills for participating (living, learning, and...
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The face-to-face assessment system has its own constraints. In order to blend it with flexibility of learning and bring in an unbiased objective evaluation, a system facilitated assessment with no human interference to the learning evaluation process is used to add value to the assessment process, by leveraging on internet so as to be connected wit...
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This dataset is for an automatic testing academic product, which is being newly evolved. The process draws the work flow of development through a Work Breakdown Structure linking experts from across the world to pool their thinking and expertise towards this online assessment tool for academic writing exercises.
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Delay in meeting the submission deadline for master's thesis is a common phenomenon among graduate students, despite them getting A's and B's in successfully completing their course work. Among the many factors contributing to such a delay are inadequate graduate research preparation, personal challenges, and inadequate support/resources for timely...
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Growing ethnic student diversity (to include Caribbean students) on U.S campuses requires exercising cultural sensitivity in classroom teaching, in accommodating for the culturally/internationally diverse students in U.S. classrooms. A Midwestern university embarked on a diversity thrust that included workshops for boosting faculty cultural compete...
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The Debate (i.e., arguing for or against the topic, giving reasons to support or oppose it) is a dynamic teaching tool (for both f2f and online classes) that engages high school/university students’ critical thinking, communication, collaborative, and research skills, in mastering the course content across subject disciplines (O’Mahoney, 2015). A g...
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The Follow-Up Sequential Explanatory and Within-Stage mixed methods designs were mixed to suitably address the study's research questions. The researcher uses Pragmatism as the guiding philosophy in defending the mixing of mixed methods designs.
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The U.S. society is generally promoted as a “melting pot” of peoples and cultures. But to what extent is such multiculturalism reflected in its curriculum content for a graduate workforce education and development (WED) program at a Mid-Western university? This descriptive study used a mixed methods design to examine graduate students’ perceptions...
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Caribbean students continue to add to the increasing international enrolment at tertiary institutions in the United States of America. But to what extent is such internationalisation visible in the curriculum content for a Mid-Western university’s graduate workforce education and development (WED) programme? This descriptive study is part of a larg...
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Blended learning (BL) has become a preferred mode of delivery at many higher education institutions in addressing growing student enrollment and the need for more flexibility and convenience to students in programme delivery. This presentation focused on lessons learnt in championing blended learning at a School of Education to include the reflecti...
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Social media is frequently used by today's "tech-savvy" generation for building social networks and communicating with others in their everday lives. As such, it's a natural progression for some educators to explore its use in teaching/learning. This presentation examined the use of social media in education and the supporting learning theories for...
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Selecting appropriate multimedia resources for complementing teaching/learning material from the wide array available on the Internet can be daunting. This conference presentation provides a framework that include culture-based instructional design to ensure that ICT integration into teaching and learning is culturally responsive.
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U.S. tertiary institutions are agressively marketing abroad to attract international students in the face of growing competition at home, budget cuts, and declining student enrollment. This conference presenation reveals the findings of researh on the international responsiveness of a graduate workforce education and development programme to its cu...
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The integration of information and communication technology (ICT's) into teaching and learning is a must in accommodating today's digital natives in our 21st Century classrooms. This conference presentation highlights some trends and best practices for integration of of ICT's into teaching and learning and includes the "Minimally Invasive Education...
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International student and online course enrollments had noted increases for 2010 at U.S. tertiary institutions (Institute of International Education, 2010 & Sloan-C, 2010). These enrollment data remind us that U.S. campuses are continually becoming more culturally and internationally diverse in their student populations. However, this diversity may...
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PowerPoint is versatile in allowing us to add multimedia (graphics, sound, audio, video, text, animation, etc.) to our presentations for keeping online students’ rapt attention. But how much multimedia should you add? In answering this question, I find that taking into consideration students’ learning styles and cultural/international backgrounds c...
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This descriptive study used a mixed methods design and sought to examine students' perceptions on workforce education and development (WED) curriculum responsiveness to culturally and internationally diverse graduate students, at a Midwestern university on four dimensions: teaching strategies (to include delivery), curriculum inclusiveness, interna...
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One Style Does Not Fit All: Facilitating Cultural Differences in Teaching Debra Ferdinand, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Workforce Education and Development, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, Illinois. Uche Onyebadi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Journalism, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, Illino...
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From: School of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Education. Thesis (M. Ed.)--University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad, 2000. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 31-34). URL: http://uwispace.sta.uwi.edu/dspace/handle/2139/38591