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    Narrative Review of Experimental Research Studies on Improving Students’ Experience in Online and Distance Learning: Implications for Praxis
    (2011-05-28) Bissessar, Charmaine; Bissessar, Charmaine
    A narrative review of 10 peer-reviewed articles from 2002 to 2009 was conducted based on effective strategies for online and distance education classrooms. The proceeding points were made based on the researchers’ summation: (a) there is a need for increased emphasis collaboration, (b) e-tivities should be geared toward authenticity through synthesizing information, personal and professional relevance, (c) course design is imperative in spawning increased collaboration, authenticity, and levels of comfort with technology, (d) e-tutors should foster high levels of interaction, innovation, creativity, and out of the box thinking through creation of projected geometrical e-tivities, (e) above all e-tutors should show concern, support, caring, and give feedback as soon as is possible to remove any feelings of isolation.
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    Gender, Age Differences and Emotional Intelligences: Implications for Workforce Development
    (2011-01-25) Bissessar, Charmaine
    This research project involved an investigation into the relationship between college students’ use of emotional intelligence and age and gender Bermuda and Trinidad. The study included the implementation of the Emotional Quotient Inventory (BarOn, 2002) administered online to 80 Bermudian Community College students and 88 ROYTEC Trinidadian student. A descriptive correlation quantitative analysis determined that a correlation of .28 exists between Bermudian and Trinidadian college students’ use of EI. Significant correlation of .19 exists between EI and gender and a significant correlation of .00 exists between EI and age. Bermudian students and male students scored higher in EI overall. The implications of the findings indicate a need for inculcating EI training into the curriculum so that future leaders and the future workforce will be more equipped to deal with exponential changes.