Department Welcomes Dr. Seong Guk Kang, Visiting Researcher
Dr. Seong Guk Kang, a visiting researcher at the Department of Educational Technology for this year, has been working as a Research Fellow at the Korean Educational Development Institute(KEDI). At KEDI, he is in charge of the National Center for Educational Statistics Information and also responsible for the KEDI Information System. He has worked on designing the Higher Education School, Higher Education School to Work Survey System and the Higher Educational Institutions Statistics Survey System. He also has developed a National Standardized Code for an educational information sharing system. Recently, he is interested in the future of education and educational policy upon IT enhancement. While at Boise State, he is working with Dr. Young Baek in the newly established Game Design Studio to explore the design and use of mobile learning games in educational environments.
Be a Star on EdTech's New Website
Hi EdTech students, faculty, and friends. We're updating our website and we need your help!
Using your webcam, your phone cam, or your flip cam, answer one or more of the following questions in 60 seconds or less. Feel free to send a raw file or use your video editing talents. You'll be featured on our new site and you'll be helping others understand the nature and value of the EdTech program at BSU!
Directions for upload:
**By submitting your video to the link, you are providing permission for the Dept. of Educational Technology to use your work on one of our web pages hosted at http://edtech.boisestate.edu.
Exciting New Summer Courses
We are offering two new, exciting, and timely electives for summer session!
EDTECH 597:“Blogging in the Classroom” will focus on the use of blogs in education, including creating and maintaining blogs, using RSS readers and microblogging. Students will examine the nature and purpose of blogging, types of blog entries, blog promotion, disclosure guidelines, and building a blogging community. The instructor for this course, Michael_Barbour, received his Ph. D. in Instructional Technology from the University of Georgia and is currently an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He is a long-time blogger and well-known in K-12 online circles, having started his Virtual School Meanderings
EDTECH 597:“Pedagogy of Sound” provides an overview of sound-based pedagogies and methodologies suitable for online, blended or classroom learning. Students will develop technical skills in order to record, edit and share their own sounds and sound effects. Aural experiences can be many things; reminiscent, imaginative, unpleasant, engaging, immersive or distracting. Although ambient sound is widely used in multimedia as well as in games and simulations, it is as yet little understood in educational contexts. This course provides both a theoretical overview and technical skills in sound. Annie Jeffery will teach this course.
Don’t forget! Summer registration opened Tuesday, February 22. If you haven’t already registered, do so today!
EdTech Island Renovation
by Chris Haskell and Ann Jeffery
EdTech Island, one of the longest standing educational spaces in the virtual world Second Life, has recently been renovated under the artistic direction of MissAnnie Ducatillon (Annie Jeffery). The virtual campus for the Department of Educational Technology at Boise State University has been used for more than 4 years to support courses, play home to events and conferences, host distinguished speakers, and support teaching and learning in virtual worlds for many of our partner institutions. Under the redesign, all of the buildings in the island space will be modified or replaced to serve and support the creation of machinima, or digital filmmaking. Existing buildings have been modified replaced with exciting dual purpose spaces including a coliseum, western town, Steampunk village with a new holodeck, fantasy buildings and landscapes, and other exciting and entertaining virtual architecture. These unique and transformative spaces will enable Edtech students and guests to participate in classes, activities, and virtual world filmmaking in the immersive meta-verse of Second Life. All are invited to explore the exciting changes to EdTech island:
Congratulations to Mike Fuller and Susan Ferdon, EDTECH Students
The EdTech Faculty and Staff sends congratulations to student Susan Ferndon and Mike Fuller.
Susan Ferdon was recently named Music Educator of the Year by the Illinois Alliance For Arts Education. She will be honored for her commitment to teaching and her use of technology in the classroom, at an awards ceremony at the Governor's Mansion, in Springfield, Illinois, in March." She is also presenting a clinic session, YouTube in the Music Classroom, at the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Conference this week. Here is a link to the Web site she made to go along with her presentation YouTubeintheClassroom
Doctoral student Michael Fuller testified before the Idaho Senate Education Committee in favor of educational changes proposed by Tom Luna, the state’s superintendent of education.
Among other things, Luna’s proposal includes a 1:1 mobile learning device policy for all high school students in Idaho and 4 online or blended courses.
Luna asked Fuller to appear with him at a town-hall forum later that day. The forum was televised by the local NBC affiliate. Sixteen people—eight supporting Luna’s proposal and eight against--discussed various aspects of his plan. Fuller was only able to speak twice but said it was “a great experience.”
Here is a link to the forum. Michael Fuller is featured at -1:20.
FACULTY PUBLICATIONS & NEWS
Dr. Lisa Dawley
Lisa Dawley will be participating in an invited panel session at this year's SITE conference in Nashville, TN, March 7-11. For the full program, see
"There's an App for That! The Role of Mobile Learning in Education." Join this interactive session live in Twitter by following#mlearningsig on Wednesday, March 9, 1:45 MT/2:45 CT.
Lisa Dawley is presenting an invited talk to Texas A&M University on March 4, 2011, "Research Round-Up in Online Learning: From Theory to Practice to the Future."
Dr. Andy Hung, Dr. Yu-Chang Hsu, and Dr. Kerry Rice
Andy Hung, assistant professor, Yu-Chang Hsu, assistant professor, and Kerry Rice, associate chair, Department of Educational Technology, have been awarded an $18,000 grant from Idaho Digital Learning Academy to analyze learning patterns of kindergarten through 12th-grade online students. The project aims to create a model to predict student performance and identify students who need help. The project will provide information for improving course design and adjusting teaching strategies.
Dr. Dazhi Yang
Dazhi Yang's paper was published by Educational Technology Research and Development.
Yang, D., Richardson, J. C., French, B. F., & Lehman, J. D. (2011). The development of a content analysis model for assessing students’ cognitive learning in asynchronous online discussions. Educational Technology Research and Development. 59(1), 43-70. doi: 10.1007/s11423-010-9166-1. Available online: Full Text
International Association for K-12 Online Learning iNACOL
March 10, 2011
Southern Regional Education Board
INFORMATION YOU CAN USE
From Student Outreach Services
New Student Online OrientationStudents who missed the online orientation on February 24th are welcome to listen to the recording.
From Graduate Student Association
New GSA Newsletter
The GSA has published their new newsletter. Here is the link:
They are looking for someone in GSA to take on the responsibilities of publishing this newsletter monthly.
If you are interested please contact Lora Evanouski