Faculty Presents Research on Blended Learning and Co-Occurrence at Scholar’s Forum

The Spring 2016 Scholar’s Forum will be held on Monday, February 15 at 12:50 pm in the ETC Auditorium. Michael W. Markowitz, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, remarked that the presentations this semester “reflect a diversity of scholarship and research from across the University.”

This year’s presenters include Drs. Roseanna Wright, Maria Agnew and Brian Berry, whose work is titled "Assessing and Meeting the Needs of University Students in Blended Course Learning." Dr. Jan Buzydlowski will also be presenting his work, titled "Co-occurrence Analysis, or Two Authors Walk into a Bar."

Drs. Wright, Agnew, and Berry looked at the use of blended learning—a combination of face-to-face paired with an online component—with individuals with disabilities.

The authors write, “As faculty begin to implement more blended learning options, they need to develop both the awareness of the key principles of on-line learning and the impact this type of learning has on learners with disabilities.”

Because of its growing numbers of diagnoses, the authors specifically looked at individuals who identified as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

“Autism is classified as a social learning disability, making a traditional classroom setting potentially socially difficult for a student with ASD,” the authors write. “Beyond identifying support services for students with ASD through disabilities services, it is important to design higher education learning environments to meet the academic and social needs of these students, through a universally designed blended course format.”

Dr. Buzydlowski will examine the use of co-occurrence and its everyday use in our lives.

“I've worked in a few veins of research over the years, one of which was my dissertation research on author co-citation analysis and another is data mining,” Buzydlowski said. “Recently, I realized that most of my research involves the same thing: co-occurrence. I think it is interesting in that when you put on co-occurrence glasses, you see co-occurrences everywhere—things you put in your shopping cart, the books you buy from Amazon, the movies you watch on Netflix, or your Facebook friends. What my talk will focus on is the definition of co-occurrence, and how it can serve as a unifying framework to various methodologies within various fields to analyze ordinary items.”