Reflecting on cITe’s 2020 Research Efforts
The Center for Community IT Engagement (cITe) has presented Natural Language Processing (NLP) research project focused on student engagement, retention and resource navigation equity at four international conferences this year: the Hawaiian International Conference for System Sciences (HICSS), the International Education, Technology & Development Conference (INTED), the International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI), and the Action Learning Action Research Association Conference (ALARA). These projects, presentations and publications were the combined efforts of cITe students, staff and faculty.
The 2020 freshman cohort of NLP students was tasked with leading a virtual presentation on a participatory action research project on exploring ways to improve rural student college access in our local context. This was collaborative research project driven by cITe staff, NLP faculty and student co-researchers as well as rural young adults from the surrounding community. The research team worked together to collect and analyze data and identify actionable opportunities for change as a result of the findings. This is an ongoing project and our NLP cohort will continue to lead future action steps and research efforts.