Do more than just expand your knowledge – expand the body of knowledge for everyone when working with world-renowned faculty at UF Online.
As one of the nation’s most forward-thinking research institutions, UF Online has a two-pronged approach to research. First, we offer research opportunities that enhance your academic experience and impact the world around us. Second, we also focus research on how to advance online learning so that our courses and offerings are at the forefront in education, all while enhancing student outcomes.
As a Research I institution, research is in our DNA at UF and part of many courses offered in our online programs. For example, students in our Telecommunication Media & Society major have the choice of completing a senior project or undergraduate research. Collaborating with faculty in the College of Journalism and Communications, students have conducted research on:
- How the television landscape has changed with the current trend of people cutting the cord and getting rid of cable and tradition sources and turning to streaming content services
- Local government use of social media to interact with the public, and developing a plan on how the government can improve its social media presence
- Potential effects of social media on the fashion industry
Intellectual curiosity is not only encouraged at UF Online, it is an integral part of the curriculum.
Individual Research Projects
You don’t have to wait around for a research project in a course to make a real contribution. As a Gator, you can dive into your future now. There are a variety of ways to get involved with research:
- Develop your own research project and partner with a faculty member who has the same area of interest.
- Join one of your faculty members on projects already in progress.
- Find a project through the Center for Undergraduate Research project database.
If the project or research topic that interests you is not available at UF, you can work with your advisor and/or faculty to take advantage of opportunities at other institutions. UF Online Geology Major Lauren Huffman Kahre found an intensive research program studying volcanoes. The program was through the University of Alaska but took place in Hawaii. Kahre ended up spending several weeks in Hawaii hiking an active volcano every day to study and survey lava flows for the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
#GatorsOnline have the unique advantage to participate in research projects anywhere in the world, while still pursuing a full load of classes.
Online Learning Institute
UF created the Online Learning Institute (OLI) with the mission to conduct research to guide the design of effective online programs, and support the decision-making of educators and administrators as they seek to address the learning needs of diverse individuals and groups of learners across a multitude of settings.
As a leading institution in providing online academic programs, we recognized the immediate and urgent need for academic disciplines and educational institutions to provide learning experiences in dramatically new ways. The OLI is helping UF blaze the trail in this area by focusing on five areas of study:
- Personalized Learning
- Virtual Reality
- Accessible Learning
- Learning Analytics
- Educational Neuroscience
The #GatorsOnline advantage to leading this type of research is innovating and applying what we learn in our online classroom offerings.