Authors and Advisors


Professor Mona Ibrahim

Professor Mona Ibrahim is Professor of Psychology at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. She has been teaching at the college level for the past 20 years, regularly teaching an undergraduate course on research methods in Psychology, as well as a graduate course on qualitative and quantitative research methods in Education. She regularly supervises students in directed research activities that often employ mixed methods. Her current research projects involve evaluating the effectiveness of the flipped classroom pedagogy, examining the impact of engagement in service learning with new Americans on students' ethnocultural empathy and global awareness, and assessing the activities and motivations of lake associations in Minnesota.

Dr. Susan Larson

Dr. Susan Larson is Professor of Psychology at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. From 2009–2016 she served as College's first Director of Undergraduate Research and she currently is the Chair of the Division of Sciences and Mathematics. She is an active member of the Council on Undergraduate Research and served as its President in 2016-2017. She engages students in undergraduate research in her Research Methods and Learning and Behavior course and in her laboratory investigating motor learning in rats and behavioral and cognitive changes associated with immune system activation. Recently she has worked with students investigating variables that affect in-class student participation.

Lead advisors

Dr. Julio Rivera

Dr. Julio Rivera researches "Big Data" problems and applies methodologies emphasizing "Business Geographics," which integrates Geographic Information Science (GIS), visualization techniques, and statistics. He brings this approach to problems in Marketing, Real Estate, Retail Site Selection, Economic Geography, and Data Analytics and challenges students to use these methods to solve problems and conduct research. He has directed numerous undergraduate student senior thesis projects, many of which were presented at regional and national conferences. He was the recipient of the 2002 Carthage College Distinguished Teaching Award, and is an Emeritus President of the Council on Undergraduate Research. Rivera regularly serves as a consultant to other colleges and universities as they develop undergraduate research programs. He serves as a consultant to government, business, and higher education and served as the Provost of Carthage College overseeing all aspects of the College's academic administration (2010–14).

Professor Stuart Hampton-Reeves

Stuart Hampton-Reeves is Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Research-Informed Teaching, and Director of Research for the Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. He is Chair of the British Conference of Undergraduate Research.


Dr. Dacia Charlesworth

Dr. Dacia Charlesworth is the Director of Undergraduate Research and Prestigious Scholarships at Butler University. Prior to Butler, she was a University Ambassador at Valdosta State University (2012–15), an Associate Professor of Communication and member of the Graduate Faculty at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (2008–12), Director of the University Honors Programs and Associate Professor of Communication at Robert Morris University (2002–08), and the founding Director of the Oral Communication Across the Curriculum Program at Southeast Missouri State University (1999–2001).

She earned her Ph.D. and M.S. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and a B.A. in Communication from Arizona State University.

She is the author of over 120 journal articles, book chapters, and conference presentations. Her work has been published in Women's Studies in Communication, Feminist Media Studies, Women & Language, Communication Teacher, and Teaching Ideas for the Basic Communication Course.

She received the 2007 Engaged Faculty Award from the Student Government Association at Robert Morris University, the 2005 Outstanding New Teacher Award from the Central States Communication Association, and the 2005 Distinguished Faculty Award from the Student Government Association at Robert Morris University. In 2004, she was also selected as a Distinguished Member of Robert Morris University's chapter of National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Accessibility advisor

Wilma Alexander

Wilma Alexander is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with Masters in Human-Computer Interaction, Linguistics, and Information Science. She has over 15 years of experience as a manager with the online learning team at the University of Edinburgh, where she specialized in usable and accessible digital practice, tutored on the groundbreaking Masters in Digital Education, and developed online staff training on accessible e-learning and online tutoring skills. Since retiring from the University at the end of 2015, Wilma has provided consultancy services on all aspects of online learning, with a special focus on accessibility and usability issues.

Course structure



  • Introduction
  • Learning outcomes

Course files

    Module 1: General introduction to research methods and approaches

    • Context and general introduction to research methods and approaches
    • Ways of knowing
    • Qualitative, quantitative, and interpretive research methods
    • Identifying which methods to apply
    • Applying information about research methods to solve problems
    • Module summary

    Module 2: Qualitative research methods

    • Characteristics of qualitative research and methods of qualitative data collection
    • Qualitative data collection and analysis
    • Interpretive, historical, and analytical methods
    • Assessing your knowledge about qualitative research
    • Determining the steps of qualitative data analysis
    • Module summary

    Module 3: Quantitative methods and evaluating quality

    • Quantitative methods
    • Quantitative data collection and analysis
    • Identifying quantitative methods
    • Quality in research methods
    • Module summary


  • Course summary
  • Resource bank

Course features

Course features include:

  • Real students sharing their opinions and experiences
  • Opportunities to reflect on different research methods and approaches.

Supporting institutions

  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Oakland University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Nebraska – Omaha
  • University of Southern Maine
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • University of Westminster
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
  • University of Wisconsin – Platteville
  • University of Wisconsin – River Falls
  • University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point