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EdTech’s Shelton to receive international award this week

Brett Shelton, Ed Tech head Portrait


EdTech Department Chair Brett Shelton will headline a large contingency of Boise State professors attending the annual convention of the Association of Educational Communication and Technology in Jacksonville, Florida, this week.

Shelton will receive the Outstanding Practice Award for the design of exemplary instructional materials or systems.

He was part of a team of university researchers who fulfilled a National Science Foundation grant to build an interactive, educational game to improve undergraduate studies in geoscience. The nomination focused on Shelton’s contribution as primary developer for design and technical interface. He was the first software developer in America to use relative GPS technology in a learning game.

Called “Grand Canyon Expedition”, or GCX, the team built three mobile apps to help teach concepts of geologic time, geologic structures, and hydrologic processes.

The mobile apps use maps and beautiful still photographs of geologic features in the always-colorful Grand Canyon. Students walk around a large area, such as a ball field, as they follow the on-screen prompts, which virtually lead them to various geological sites, where they are instructed and quizzed about  the geologic concepts appearing on their screen.

More than two dozen EdTech faculty members and students are presenting research this week at AECT.

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