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A Current Study: An Assessment of Online Instructor’s Perceptions on Using an Introductory Video

Purpose/Significance Dr Andree Swanson and Dr Maria Minor, research partners, are conducting a qualitative study to identify the views of online faculty on whether using an introductory video will be of assistance to increase social engagement.   Faculty want to ensure that students have a sense of connection and engagement (e-connectivity) with the faculty.   Increased e-connectivity will improve retention, reduce attrition, and help to keep the student engaged in the classroom (Swanson, Hutkin, Babb, & Howell, 2010, p. 121).   The study will seek the opinions of online faculty using social media such as Linkedin, Blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. Significance Statement The significance of this study is that faculty want to ensure that students are engaged in the online classroom.   Studies have been completed that identified the need for: 1)       Achieving a social connection (e-connectivity) with their students (Muirhead, 2000; Slagter van Tryon & Bishop, 2006)

Leadership Skills as Defined through Service Management Education

Leadership has become a more important focal point of conversations. Understanding the factors of leadership within a transforming educational environment can help college faculty and administrators better understand those skills and abilities which foster appropriate change. Leadership skill has been tested within the hospitality academic fields to better understand the perceptual differences between those who run a college and those who work within it. Leadership can be seen as a combination of personality traits, abilities and gifts (Kenny & Zaccaro, 1983). People are born with certain leadership abilities that develop over time through effort and willpower. However, this does not take into consideration the multiple factors of development that can occur through different social situations and how these social situations foster leadership. Leadership can also be seen as derived from the result of individual behaviors within a social context (Blake & Mouton, 19