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Graduate Defense: Tory Temple
April 9 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm MDT
Title: An Analysis of Ubiquitous Learning Environments and STEM Confidence-building among Hispanic Students
Program: Doctor of Education in Educational Technology
Advisor: Dr. Youngkyun Baek, Educational Technology
Committee Members: Dr. Yu-hui Ching, Educational Technology, and Dr. Dazhi Yang, Educational Technology
The fastest-growing demographic in the United States is also the one with the biggest struggle with academic success, particularly in STEM-related subjects. Pre-study research observed that one of the most significant factors facing Hispanics is there set of psyco-social behaviors influenced by cultural heritage. In a response to this challenge a solution was developed and over the two years of its implementation failure rates among Hispanic students dropped from 40% down to under 10%. The purpose of this study was to identify a theory that identifies the relationship between individual factors that influenced the change in student success. Nineteen students were interviewed regarding their experiences, vetted for Multi-Active behavioral tendencies, and then their interview data were compared against their student achievement records reflecting their before, during, and after program exposure. The findings indicated that much of their success was due to uLearning program design elements that distinctly enabled the Multi-Active psycho-social tendencies to co-exist the behavioral expectations of a Linear-Active academic environment. Key criteria included design characteristics that focused on emotional engagement, immediate feedback on assessments, a centralized learning site, and learning content that supports real world application of learned material.