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The University of Northern Colorado is a coeducational public institution of higher education in Greeley, Colorado, USA, with satellite centers in Loveland, Colorado Springs and the Lowry neighborhood of Denver. It is the fifth-largest university in the state by total enrollment, behind the University of Colorado - Boulder, Colorado State University, Metropolitan State University, and the University of Colorado - Denver.Established in 1889 as the State Normal School of Colorado, the university has a strong background in teacher education. The university offers over 100 undergraduate programs in the arts, science, humanities, business, human science, and education. Undergraduate degrees are typically four year programs and degree programs have a strong emphasis in liberal arts education. The university offers nearly 50 graduate programs primarily in education. Academic programs are distributed among six colleges. Wikipedia.


Daniel D.B.,James Madison University | Woody W.D.,University of Northern Colorado
Computers and Education | Year: 2013

While e-book sales continue to increase, electronic textbooks are not very popular with college students. This may be due to the fact that e-textbooks are read for different reasons and with different strategies than are e-books. Although previous research has documented this lack of preference for e-textbooks, student performance and use of electronic texts has yet to be thoroughly investigated, especially in naturalistic settings. This study examines students' use and performance on a variety of print and electronic formats in both laboratory and at-home conditions. Although students scored similarly across formats and conditions, reading time was significantly higher in the electronic conditions with this difference increasing for the home conditions. Similarly, self-reports of multi-tasking were significantly higher for electronic conditions in the home condition, possibly accounting for the disparities in reading time. We conclude by urging caution in the rush to assume that electronic textbooks are equivalent substitutes for traditional textbooks and argue for further investigation into the unique ways that students may interact with electronic texts to promote more effective design. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source


Barbera J.,University of Northern Colorado
Journal of Chemical Education | Year: 2013

The Chemical Concepts Inventory (CCI) is a multiple-choice instrument designed to assess the alternate conceptions of students in high school or first-semester college chemistry. The instrument was published in 2002 along with an analysis of its data from a test population. This study supports the initial analysis and expands on the psychometric data available. The CCI was given to over 2500 students from four universities. Data were analyzed using classical test theory and Rasch model methods. The classical test theory analysis found the CCI to have acceptable internal consistency (Cronbach's α = 0.73, pretest, and 0.76, posttest) and good test-retest reproducibility (Pearson correlation = 0.79, posttest). Most items were found to have good difficulty and discrimination values; however, a few had values that may warrant further evaluation. The Rasch analysis showed that the instrument and the items nicely fit the Rasch model. The data showed good separation reliability and that the instrument overall is at an appropriate level for the population. However, several gaps were found along the range of item difficulties, leading to less accurate estimations of student abilities. Overall, the CCI was found to be suitable for the large-scale assessment of students' alternate conceptions. © 2013 The American Chemical Society and Division of Chemical Education, Inc. Source


Geist M.R.,University of Northern Colorado
Evaluation and Program Planning | Year: 2010

Involving stakeholders can greatly impact evaluation results. The Delphi method, a consensus-building tool, is a promising process to promote and encourage involvement from all stakeholders during the evaluation framing process. The Delphi method removes geographic challenges and time boundaries allowing all stakeholders to participate. The Delphi method uses a series of surveys interspersed with controlled feedback designed to gather information and build consensus without requiring face-to-face meetings. Two different formats of the Delphi method, a paper-and-pencil, postal-mail version and a web-based, real-time computer version are compared in this study. Both versions of the Delphi were administered to a non-profit community based organization as part of framing an evaluation. Participation rates were better with the paper-pencil version. The quantity and quality of data collected were comparable in both versions. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source


Hayes M.A.,University of Northern Colorado
BioScience | Year: 2012

White-nose syndrome (WNS) is a devastating disease affecting hibernating bats, first documented in winter 2006 in eastern North America. Over 5.5 million bats of several species may have died as a result of this disease. The fungus Geomyces destructans is now considered the causal agent of WNS, and this species may have been recently introduced into North American bat hibernation habitats. This overview summarizes the ecology and distribution of Geomyces fungi. Species in this genus are common in the soils of temperate and high-latitude ecosystems and are capable of withstanding and thriving in cold, low-nutrient polar environments. These species are dispersed by wind, groundwater, arthropods, birds, and mammals and are carried by humans, their clothing, and their equipment. These characteristics present significant challenges to biologists, managers, and others charged with controlling the spread of WNS and G. destructans in other parts of North America and the biosphere. © 2012 by American Institute of Biological Sciences. All rights reserved. Source


Lee K.,University of Northern Colorado
TechTrends | Year: 2012

There are many different ways for people to be educated and trained with regard to specific information and skills they need. These methods include classroom lectures with textbooks, computers, handheld devices, and other electronic appliances. The choice of learning innovation is dependent on an individual's access to various technologies and the infrastructure environment of a person's surrounding. In a rapidly changing society where there is a great deal of available information and knowledge, adopting and applying information at the right time and right place is needed to main efficiency in both school and business settings. Augmented Reality (AR) is one technology that dramatically shifts the location and timing of education and training. This literature review research describes Augmented Reality (AR), how it applies to education and training, and the potential impact on the future of education. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. Source

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