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Daniel Bullman | The Impact of Trauma on Formerly Incarcerated Persons' Use of Webs of Support


According to the FBI, an estimated 73.5 million people in the USA have a felony arrest records. Conflict with the justice system and the presence of a criminal history creates barriers for individuals seeking higher education, employment, housing, known as collateral consequences. Despite trauma and obstacles, a segment of the affected population has shown a significant positive progress and individual prosperity post conviction or incarceration. Evidence indicates that webs of support can benefit outcomes of individuals as well as organizations. However, little is known about whether this particular population has access to or utilized support networks in achieving their goals. This paper reports the results of qualitative interviews with 4 adults with varying levels of conflict with the criminal justice system and compares findings with current work exploring the impact of trauma on individually perceived success.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jane Ellery

Deptartment of Special Education


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Gandzhina Dustova | The Importance of Daylight in Classrooms and Its Influence on Students


Not everyone detests classrooms without windows. However, it is important to realize that significant changes and improvements have been made to the daylight. Benefits of classrooms without windows reported in previous studies include that occupants can use more space for bulletin boards and bookcases, more artificial lighting levels, less noise, lower maintenance costs, and freedom from students' distractions. However, there are many examples in many previous studies that students have better learning skills in classrooms with daylight.

Daylight is a very necessary element for students to achieve their academic abilities, and it is an important factor to students to receive natural light when designing an educational space. Previous studies emphasize light, temperature, air quality and color affect classroom space. While various factors affect students' academic performance, the impact on learning progress in an environment which has the quality of daylight is significant.

The effects of daylight on the classroom are various. One of them is the study of attendance or absenteeism. A number of studies has been conducted to analyze the relationship between students' attendance rates in classrooms with sufficient daylight and those with insufficient daylight. Schools incorporating natural light show higher student and teacher attendance than schools depend on artificial lighting.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jake Son

Educational Studies


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Luis E. Orozco | Virtual and Augmented Reality: Applications to the Field of Adult Education in a Post-Covid-19 Era.

Augmented & Virtual Reality and Adult Education- Luis Eduardo Orozco- Poster.pdf

In a post-COVID-19 era, the use of new technologies has emerged to maintain physical distancing and continuity in education providing remote access to a myriad of instructional possibilities to engage learners in a more active and richer learning experience. Consequently, education has been forced to rapidly adapt technology for learning purposes. Technology in an adult education setting can improve students’ engagement, enhance participation, improve critical thinking and problem-solving, provide immediate feedback, foster hands-on learning, and develop new skills to fulfill the adult’s specific educational needs. Consequently, the use of technology for adult education might imply using some new applications such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). Virtual reality technologies allow users to fully immerse and interact with virtual environments and objects, providing sensorial feedback. Augmented reality allows the interaction with the surrounding environment by superimposing images to real scenarios. Both technologies can be used as an enabler element to foster Self-Directed Learning (SDL) and open the opportunities for creating an adult learner’s richer experience. Institutions and practitioners can use VR and AR technologies to effectively adapt their practices to the adult learning field. Based on a systematic literature, this study is intended to provide an overview of AR and VR technologies and their practical applications to the field of adult education.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Regina Giraldo-Garcia

Department of Educational Studies


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