A Great Start to 2012by Dr. Kerry Rice, Department Chair
Each semester we continue to experience the joy of welcoming new students, and reconnecting with current students. And this semester is filled with special joy and excitement as we prepare to launch our new online doctorate in Educational Technology! We are now accepting applications and will begin the review process on March 1, 2012. The final deadline to submit an application is April 1, 2012. This is an excellent opportunity for those who wish to pursue an Ed. D. from a brick and mortar institution, while continuing to work and without the hassle of uprooting family and moving to a new location. Check out our website for more information: http://edtech.boisestate.edu.
Speaking of our website… you may have noticed our new look. It has been a long and sometimes arduous process to ensure the same great quality we aim for in all that we do, but I hope you agree that the wait has been worth it! As with any new launch, we may have a few bugs and glitches. Rest assured, we are actively monitoring and responding to feedback as soon as we get it. Our goal is to provide easily accessible program information and resources for YOU, so please keep those reviews and feedback coming our way.
Finally, I would like to congratulate our recent graduates. It was such a pleasure to meet so many of our students (and their families) who attended December Commencement services. Those planning to graduate in May, can find information about the ceremony and more on the Boise State University Provost's home page at: http://boisestate.edu/provost (in the left sidebar). I hope you will consider visiting us when you celebrate this milestone in your personal life and professional career.
As always, we appreciate the opportunity to share all of the dynamic and innovative practices in EdTech with all of you. And on a more personal note, we are so happy to announce an addition to our EdTech family with the birth of Albert Hsu on January 18th! Mom, dad, and baby are doing well.
I wish you all the best!
Dr. Joel Gardner Joins Adjunct Faculty
Dr. Joel Gardner joins the department's adjunct faculty this semester with one section of EDTECH 501. He holds a doctorate in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences from Utah State University, the same degree held by another USU grad, Carolyn Thorsen, the EdTech Department's first chair.
Gardner has a decade of teaching in international K-12, higher education, and religious settings. In addition, he has designed dozens of courses in higher education and corporate settings, and hundreds of hours of hours of experience in corporate training.
His academic specialty is instructional theory and design, and he presently serves on the faculty at Franklin University in Ohio. For further information, read his vitae at Dr. Gardner's Vitae and his blog at Dr. Gardner's Blog. He can be contacted at email@example.com
Student and Alumni Spotlight
EdTech Department publishes new e-zine.
A new EdTech Department magazine will help students get better acquainted with some cool classmates and alums who are doing interesting things.
The first edition of the e-zine, called EdTech Faces, focuses on the career of Tim Tanner, a commercial illustrator and fine-art painter who teaches art online and develops curriculum. It is the curious story of how a cutting-edge online curriculum designer keeps one foot comfortably in the past.
The first edition, written and designed by adviser Jerry Foster, is now available at EdTech Faces
Alumnus Patrick Coleman Reflected on EDTECH 533 and won a big-time award.
Imagine basking in the glory of a prestigious award nomination, only to find out you had to fill out a 14-page application form. That's what happened to Patrick Coleman (EdTech '09), who remembered lessons learned three years earlier in Chareen Snelson's YouTube for Educators class. Read about his insights that won a vaunted award for science teachers in Ohio at EdTech Notebook.
EDTECH Graduate Kelly Harmon receives grant.
Kelly Harmon had written a grant as a class project, but never a real grant---not until she needed a document camera for her biology classroom at the North Carolina high school where she teaches.
She had told her principal she needed a document camera but she didn't wait for fate, not in an era of shrinking budgets. She had taken the EdTech grant-writing course so she didn't take certain disappointment standing up. No, she sat down and started writing a "Bright Ideas" grant application for North Carolina Electric Cooperatives. She didn't expect to be funded, she says. It was, after all, her first real grant application.
Kelly graduated in December 2011
Edutopia asks EdTech student for article based on class project.
Edutopia asked Linda Deneher to write an article based her final paper for EDTECH 506. Read Using Farmville to Teach Standards. Linda and her sister Susan Ferdon, also an EdTech student, will walk together in Boise State's May commencement exercises.
Governor Otter Appoints Dr. Lisa Dawley to Education Planning Committee
Dr. Lisa Dawley was invited by Idaho Governor Butch Otter to serve on the Idaho Education Network Strategic Planning Committee. Read about it in the Idaho Statesman:
And, read about in Jerry Foster's blog here: EdTech Notebook
Dawley Starts MeetUp Group
Lisa Dawley has started a meetup group to engage online and blended teachers living in the Boise area, and plans to stream some of the events for out-of-area teachers.
The first event was Our Winter Welcome: 6 in 60 held on January 25th. This was a fun look at six hot tech tools and how they are being used in today's classrooms. Find it at MeetUp.
Dawley urges teachers to consider starting a meetup group in their own city because it creates a great opportunity for professional development and socializing with some amazing people.
For information about GSA news or how to become a member, please see The EDTECH GSA Moodle Site.
FACULTY PUBLICATIONS & NEWS
EdTech faculty members Lisa Dawley, Yu-Chang Hsu, and Kerry Rice published articles in the January edition of the British Journal of Educational Technology, showing a wide range of expertise in the department.
Read Andy Hung's article at Trends of e-learning research from 2000 to 2008: Use of text mining and bibliometrics (pages 5–16).
Read the article jointly authored by Chareen Snelson, Kerry Rice and Constance Wyzard at Research priorities for YouTube and video-sharing technologies: A Delphi study (pages 119–129).
And, the article collaboratively written by Yu-Chang Hsu, Kerry Rice, and Lisa Dawley at Empowering educators with Google's Android App Inventor: An online workshop in mobile app design (pages E1–E5).
The entire hot-linked table of contents can be accessed through the Boise State library at Online Library Broncoweb username and password are required.
Former adjunct instructor Ann Randall recently had a chapter accepted for publication in Cases in Online Interview Research, edited by Janet Salmons, who serves on the graduate faculty of the Capella University School of Business and Technology.
In an era of constrained research budgets, online interviewing opens up immense possibilities: a researcher can literally conduct a global study without ever leaving home. But more than a decade after these technologies started to become available, there are still few studies on how to utilize online interviews in research.
The table of contents and other information about the book can be accessed at: Table of Contents
Randall's chapter focuses on Beneficial Interview Effects in Virtual Worlds.
Dr. John Thompson
Adjunct instructor John Thompson completed facilitating his sixth online workshop---called"Dynamic Collaboration, Discussion, and Facilitation Practices"---for the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C). Thompson will continue facilitating the workshop in 2012 but it will be renamed "The Equation: Collaboration + Discussion + Facilitation = Better Online Learning." He also will lead a new workshop, "Improving Student Engagement in Online Courses," in 2012 for Sloan-C.
INFORMATION YOU CAN USE
From Student Outreach Services
Exciting News for spring 2012 EDTECH courses - Students taking EDTECH 512 – Online Course Design, EDTECH 521 – Online Teaching in the K-12 Environment, and EDTECH 522 – Online Teaching for Adult Learners will gain hands on experience creating Moodle courses in the new 2.0 Moodle environment. Please read your course description for more information.http://edtechdev.mrooms2.net
3D GameLab is hosting an online spring teacher camp this March. Help us spread the news! Turn your classroom into a living game! 3D GameLab
Lana Grover - (BSU EdTech student and GA) has posted a new topic on the EdTech Moodle home page promoting a new discussion in TeacherStream titled,"Celebrating a Year in Educational Technology". The idea is to share inspirational moments, content, images etc. from the past year and to build momentum for 2012.
New Department Website launched! Please let us know what you think. Send comments to Patrick Lowenthal
iNACOL Members - One of the benefits if iNACOL membership is access to the iNACOL forums which includes the webinar archive site. If you are an iNACOL member and you don't already have a forum account, you may request one by going to Forums, which is the same place you go to access the forums with an account.
Teacher Stream is an open-source network of online and blended educators. You're invited to share information, cool resources, events, and your ideas. Please visit Teacher Stream .