The HETL Research and Innovation Advisory Board (RIAB) consists of high level academic research leaders who provide advice on emerging and cutting-edge research and innovation relative to advancing the scholarship and practice of teaching and learning in higher education. HETL’s research focus includes those areas related to transforming teaching and learning and improving educational outcomes around the world.
The Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning Editorial Advisory Board (IHETL EAB) consists of notable academic scholars and writers who provide advice on the direction of the Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning (IHETL) book series. HETL’s publishing focus includes those areas related to transforming teaching and learning and improving educational outcomes around the world.
Sample of Research Papers and Books Published
Peer-reviewed articles published in 2014 on Educational Leadership:
Cozza, B., Blessinger, P., & Mandracchia, M. (2014). Effectiveness of graduate programs in administrative and instructional leadership, Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 6 (1), 2–21.
Zeine, R., Boglarsky, C.A., Blessinger, P., & Michel, L. (2014). External adaptability of higher education institutions: The use of diagnostic interventions to improve agility. Change Management: An International Journal, 13(4), 1–12.
Zeine, R., Boglarsky, C.A., Daly, E., Blessinger, P., Kurban, M., & Gilkes, A. (2014). Considerate leadership as a measure of effectiveness in medical and higher education: Analysis of supervisory/managerial leadership. Organizational Cultures : An International Journal, 15(1), 1–13.
Zeine, R., Palatnick, F., Boglarsky, C.A., Blessinger, P., Herrick, B. & Hamlet, M.T. (2014). Customer service focus and mission articulation as measures of effectiveness in higher education institutions: Driving student success. Management Education: An International Journal, 14(1), 1–10.
Dissertations Published in 2014:
Richmond, Nancy, “Digital ethnography: understanding faculty use of an online community of practice for professional development” (2014). Education Doctoral Theses. Paper 194.
Doctoral Education Award Winners for 2014
Peer-reviewed articles published in 2014 (JARHE, IHR, and JMCE):
Peer-reviewed books published in 2014:
Blessinger, P., & Carfora, J.M. (2014). Inquiry-based learning for faculty and institutional development: A conceptual and practical resource for educators. See Volume One
Blessinger, P., & Carfora, J.M. (2014). Inquiry-based learning for the arts, humanities, and social sciences: A conceptual and practical resource for educators. See Volume Two
HETL Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Ethical Research Policies and Principles
In order to improve the quality and integrity of HETL’s communication channels/forums and to follow commonly accepted ethical research principles, HETL has adopted the following policy:
To protect the quality and integrity of the HETL’s communication platforms/forums and the reasonable privacy expectations of our members who participate in discussions on these channels/forums or who participate in HETL related or HETL sponsored research projects, no data from these platforms/forums may be published or used for research purposes without the approval of the HETL Institutional Review Board (IRB).
This policy does not apply to, and HETL IRB approval is not required for, HETL sponsored book projects or similar projects that does not directly involve the collection of original primary research data by the book editors or principle investigators.
Use of Existing Public Data
Per the Code of Federal Regulations, research that involves collecting and analyzing data that are publicly available qualifies for a human subject’s exemption. Thus, the above policy does not apply to data on a HETL managed platform/forum that is existing publicly accessible data (e.g., public postings) or where the data is of a non-personal generic nature (e.g., group level statistical data and meta data) and therefore not considered private data. The HETL LinkedIn discussion forum (i.e., global online community of practice) is considered a quasi-public group for the purpose of academic research and existing postings are therefore exempt. However, researchers must get approval from the HETL IRB before starting any research project involving this discussion forum data. For the HETL LinkedIn group, the Group Rules apply.
Collection of Original Primary Research Data
For research studies that involve the collection of original research data (e.g., to be collected from surveys, questionnaires, interviews, or other similar instruments), researchers must first get approval from the HETL IRB and they must also receive informed consent from the research participants. Before collecting this type of data directly from research participants, researchers must adhere to the principle of informed consent and the principle of do no harm.
The principle of informed consent requires that any person who is interviewed, surveyed, or questioned for research purposes has a right to be informed about the nature of the research project in which those statements/comments will be used and that she/he must give their consent before such data is collected. Participant consent implies that participants are acting of their own free will and with a full understanding of the known risks associated with their participation in the research study. As such, participant consent implies that participants agree to hold the HETL Association, the HETL IRB, and the researchers harmless for any reasonable or unforeseen risks that may be experienced by the participants as a result of their participation.
Adherence to the principle of informed consent helps ensure that privacy and confidentiality is maintained as appropriate and helps ensure that the rights of all parties are respected. Research participants reserve the right to discontinue with the project at any time for any reason and the reserve the right to not have their data be part of the study at any point prior to the publication of the data. The participants should be made aware by the researchers that she/he has the opportunity to participate without any coercion, extortion, deception or other means to pressure or manipulate the participants into participating and without any inducement to waive any legal, human, or moral rights that may be afforded to the participants.
The principle of informed consent requires researchers to disclose the following to the participants:
- explain the purpose and objectives of the research study
- explain how the participants will be involved in the research (e.g., what type of data will be collected from them, how the data will be collected, how the data will be used in any published documents)
- explain how and for how long the participant data will be stored once the research is completed
- explain how confidentiality of personal identifying information will be kept secure
- explain the expected duration of participants’ involvement, if applicable
- explain any potential risks and benefits to the participants, if known
- disclose the full names, affiliations and contact information of the principal researchers
- explain that participation is voluntary and that no penalties will be incurred if the participants withdraw from the study
- explain that the research study may be discontinued at any time by the researchers or by the participating IRBs
The principle of do no harm requires researchers to help ensure that:
- research participants are informed that due diligence will be given to maintain participant anonymity, unless the participant grants explicit written permission to use her/his real name in the study
- researchers make a due diligent effort to minimize any known risks to the participants but researchers and the participating IRBs cannot guarantee that unforeseen risks may arise
- researchers follow commonly accepted standards of research ethics
To help ensure these ethical research principles are honored, the HETL IRB reserves the right to review any documents containing participant data before they are published or made public. The HETL IRB also reserves the right to discontinue their involvement in the project if, in its judgment, it deems that ethical research protocols were not properly followed. HETL recognizes the ethical research principles and guidelines for protecting human research participants promoted by the National Institutes of Health.
HETL IRB Members
The HETL IRB operates within the Office of Executive Director.
Researchers who are interested in conducting research that impacts HETL or involves HETL related data should send a brief written research proposal document to the HETL IRB chair at [email protected]. The proposal document should contain the following information:
- the title/name of the research project
- a short description, abstract, or synopsis of the research project (including the purpose, objectives, and proposed timeline of the research project)
- the full names, affiliations, and contact information of the principal investigators of the research project
- how the project will be funded, if applicable
- what HETL platform and/or data source will be used (e.g., what type of data will be collected, how the data will be collected, how the data will be used in any published documents)
- how and for how long the participant data will be stored once the research is completed and how the participant data will be protected and secured
- the expected duration of participants’ involvement, if applicable
- any potential risks and benefits to the participants, if known
- confirmation of your understanding that participant participation is voluntary and that no penalties will be incurred by the participants if the participants decide to withdraw from the study
- confirmation of your understanding that HETL’s involvement in the research study may be discontinued at any time by the HETL IRB if proper research protocols are not followed
- signed and dated by the principal investigators
After receiving the proposal, the HETL IRB chair will determine if the research project meets the IRB requirements and if the research project is in alignment with HETL’s mission, vision, core values, and research focus. If the project is not deemed suitable, then the project will be declined by the HETL IRB chair. If the project is deemed suitable, then the HETL IRB chair will forward the proposal to the full IRB for full review and consideration. After the IRB reviews the proposal and renders a decision, the chair will then notify the applicant of the IRB decision. Any questions regarding the IRB process should be directed to the HETL IRB Chair at [email protected]