Background for the QUEST Model for Inquiry Based Learning

These slides were created to answer the following questions:

  1. What is the Quest Model for Inquiry-based Learning?
  2. How does QUEST look in a virtual learning environment?
  3. What is theoretical foundation for QUEST?
  4. What problem was QUEST developed to solve? 
  5. Why inquiry-based learning?

Invitation to participate in the 2023 Global Symposium on Education Innovations

The 10th Annual Symposium on Coming Changes in Education is scheduled from December 6-9, 2023, at the Universitas Kristen Krida Wacana (UKRIDA) in Jakarta and Universitas Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa (UNTIRTA) in Serang, Banten, Indonesia. Organized by faculty from UKRIDA, UNTIRTA, and SPU, this symposium will provide an opportunity to discuss emerging ideas in global higher […]


Using Telepresence Robots for Hybrid Learning – Almost Like Being There

This exploratory study examined telepresence robots’ role in helping remote students perceive a sense of embodiment, social presence, and engagement in a hybrid classroom. The study used a convenience sample of four undergraduate courses with two instructors and 69 total students, 43 in-person and 26 remote. Eight Ohmnilabs telepresence robots were interspersed within a classroom. […]


21st Century Learning Skills and Artificial Intelligence

The chapter explores four concepts important for learning and AI in the twenty-first century—creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration (the “4Cs”)—as well as reflections on the theological significance of creativity and community.  Wicks, D. & Paulus M. (2022). 21st-Century Learning Skills and Artificial Intelligence In Paulus, M. & Langford M. (Eds.), AI, Faith, and the […]


A Case Study Approach to Exploring Resilient Pedagogy During Times of Crisis

a paper by Katie Clum, Elizabeth Ebersole, David Wicks, Munyi Shea In response to the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 and the ensuing public health crisis, thousands of higher education institutions (HEIs) worldwide have had to grapple with rapid pivots to emergency remote online learning modalities with relatively little time to prepare, and the need to […]


10 Things About Digital Education Leadership

The Seattle Pacific University School of Education newsletter (On Point) editor asked me to share ten things about digital education leadership, reflecting on SPU’s Digital Education Leadership graduate program. I used ISTE’s Standards for Coaches as a framework to organize the list. The list of statements is not in order of importance as I do […]


The use of community engagement as an authentic project in online courses

A criticism of online learning is that the typical final project of a student paper needlessly mirrors traditional face-to-face education and emphasizes efficient assessment over authentic engagement. A lack of interaction can lead online students to feel isolated. As an alternative, this presenter advocates for the use of community engagement projects that include face-to-face collaboration […]


What Drives Student Engagement: Is it Learning Space, Instructor Behavior or Teaching Philosophy?

This study investigates how instructor teaching philosophy (traditional vs. constructivist) and type of learning space (traditional vs. active) influences instructor perceptions of student engagement. In a quasi-experimental study, we found that instructors perceived that students were more engaged in the ALC than the traditional classroom. In addition, we found that instructors with a more constructivist […]


Semantic Text Theme and Facet Generation in Collaborative Online Learning Environments

Online students’ ability to collaborate with peers may lead to increased learning and positive attitude toward their learning. Given a need for more theoretical and practical work in this area, we sought to compare differences between high and low-collaboration groups in an assignment to determine if higher levels of collaboration lead to higher levels of […]