Most recently, Dr. Drouin has been examining the prevalence and correlates of sexting, including unwanted but consensual sexting and the extent to which undergraduates post illegal or sexually-explicit content online. Dr. Drouin is also studying the ways in which communication is affected by communication medium (i.e., face-to-face, voice, texting, or social networking).
Dr. Drouin's SoTL research is focused on the integration of technology into teaching and learning. As a certified Quality Matters Reviewer, reviewer for the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Online Course Review Team, and director of the Online Student Success Project at IPFW, Dr. Drouin also has expertise in online course design and delivery. Her most recent research projects include:
• Implementing iPads in HEIs using a community of practice model
• Impact of the iPad on teaching and learning
• Creating a faculty-mentoring program to increase success in online classes
• Lecture capture for introductory courses
• Students’ preferences for online lecture formats.
Dr. Drouin is considered an international expert on the topic of texting and literacy. Dr. Drouin’s research is focused on the features of the texts and IM messages of young adults and how those features relate to literacy scores. A branch of this research focuses on the ways in which people may intentionally use textisms (i.e., text language) in identity formation and the social perceptions of these language style choices.
Dr. Drouin has research opportunities available for interested IPFW students. For more information regarding Dr. Drouin's research lab and opportunities that may exist, please visit the following website: