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EdD grad Dwayne Ockel of Colorado.

EdD grad Dwayne Ockel of Colorado.

When 11 students and faculty members from Boise State University—five of them from EdTech—win top awards at AECT, you know that something good is going on.

Boise State doctoral student Dwayne Ockel tied for first place in the Outstanding Performance by a Graduate Student in Instructional Design Award at AECT, the Association for Educational Communication and Technology.

Ockel’s co-winners are Kara Rutherford, Beverly Naylor, and Tammy Wheeler, who are graduate students in Boise State’s Department of Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning.

Other Boise State winners include:

EdTech Department Head Brett Shelton, who won the Outstanding Practice Award for software development. Shelton became the first developer in the world to use relational GPS in an educational game.  Called CGX, for Grand Canyon Expedition, the game virtually places students inside the Grand Canyon where they study geology.

Associate professors Patrick Lowenthal and Chareen Snelson, who won first place for qualitative journal articles in distance education.  Their article was titled: In search of a better understanding of social presence: An investigation into how researchers define social presence.

And, Patrick Lowenthal, who also won second place in the application section for journal articles in distance education. He teamed up with Ken-Zen Chen of National Chiao Tung University in South Korea, and with Boise State colleagues Christine Bauer, Allan Heaps, and Crystal Nielsen. Their article was titled: Moving beyond smile sheets: A case study on the evaluation and iterative improvement of an online faculty development program.

AECT was the first professional organization in educational technology and remains one of the largest. It is recognized internationally for promoting high standards in scholarship and practice in educational technology. Winners will receive their awards in November at the association’s international convention in Jacksonville, Florida.

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