Boise State University EDTech


Explore Magazine Features EdTech—twice

Just published, Boise State’s research ezine—Explore—mentioned the EdTech Department twice.

Three new doctoral programs—including EdTech’s totally online Ed.D.—have been approved to further the university’s growing research agenda. Other new doc programs include campus-based Ph.D. programs in Materials Science and Engineering and in Bio molecular Sciences.

The big article, though, was a six-page feature on ground-breaking work by EdTech Associate Professor Lisa Dawley and doctoral student Chris Haskell in quest-based learning and virtual world simulations. Haskell, who teaches several sections of EdTech’s undergraduate course and co-teaches the Educational Games and Simulations course with Dr. David Gibson, said, “The point of this is to give students academic freedom to seek out their interests.”

Read the whole article or the whole magazine at Explore Magazine

Horizon Report

2 Great Kudos for EdTech


horizon report

The EdTech Department’s 3-D Game Lab is making news in two ways. Using the 3-D Game Lab, a team of EdTech and Computer Science professors has won the Stage 2 competition in the MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning grant awards.

EdTech team members Lisa Dawley, Chris Haskell, and Andy Hung, along with Computer Science Department Associate Professor Alark Joshi are using the 3-D Game Lab to facilitate and validate learning in a high school science curriculum to be created in conjunction with NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Dawley caught MacArthur judges’ attention when she suggested using the 3-D Game Lab as a means of measuring and rewarding learning with digital badges.

MacArthur’s “Badges for Lifelong Learning,” in collaboration with the Mozilla Foundation, focuses on badges as a means to inspire learning, confirm accomplishment, or validate the acquisition of knowledge or skills.

Go to Competition to learn more about the MacArthur Digital Badges awards.

The 3-D GameLab is also mentioned in this year’s Horizon Report for Higher Education as an example of an open-ended, challenge-based learning environment.

The Horizon Report’s 2012 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, an EDUCAUSE program. To access the report, go to Horizon Report and create an account.


SITE City Limits 2012: Cowboys vs. Aliens!

Site City Limits

Join EdTech’s Second Life aficionados and friends all through March for their special Cowboys vs. Aliens! experience in their special virtual world location called SITE City Limits. They have a jam-packed schedule of events that is sure to please everyone from the newbie to experienced avatar. This new location on EdTech Island is sponsored by friends at SITE, ARVELSIG, and VWBPE. Those interested in checking out the schedule of events and in getting started in Second Life should go to Site City Limits.


Student and Alumni Spotlight

Patricia Smeyers, current MET student, participates with NASA Explorer Schools and has developed an amazing network of NASA experts. 3-D games and simulations have been the topic of discussion lately.

She has been awarded a NSTA/NES STEM Award. Anyone interested in learning more about NASA Explorer Schools and the NASA professional network can contact Patricia Smeyers for information.

GSA News

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For information about GSA news or how to become a member, please see The EDTECH GSA Moodle Site.



Faculty Publications

Dr. Lisa Dawley served on the review panel for the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL), Discovery Research K-12 ( DRK-12) program to be held on Thursday and Friday, March 8-9, 2012 at the National Science Foundation’s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia 22230.

Dr. Yu-Chang Hsu has been an early innovator working with App Inventor and has been invited by MIT and Google to share the story of teaching mobile app design with App Inventor here in EdTech and at BSU. The story has been published by MIT's Center for Mobile Learning. You can read the whole story here.

Dr. Kerry Rice, EdTech Chair, presented a session, “Distance Education in the 21st Century: Examples from Three Treasure Valley Faculty” to the Osher Institute at Boise State University on February 2, 2011. She joined two other innovators from Idaho, Professor Stephanie Cox from the English Department at BSU and Dr. Loredana Werth, Assistant Professor in the School of Education, Social Work, and Counseling at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho

John Thompson, PhD, adjunct instructor, presented a session, “Green Computing at the Desktop: Save Energy and Money,” at FETC 2012, at Orlando, Florida, on January 26.



From Student Outreach Services

The graduate college has launched its new online application. New online application

CURRICULUM CHANGES – effective Fall 12

The EdTech Curriculum Committee announces three new changes, starting in fall semester.

1. EDTECH 524—Field Experience in Online Teaching—was created to serve Idaho teachers seeking the state’s new online teaching endorsement. Contact Dr. Dazhi Yang for information on the endorsement. Dr. Yang is preparing informational pages for Idaho teachers interested in the online teaching endorsement. They will appear on the EdTech web site.

2. The committee converted Social Network Learning from its temporary 597 number to a new, permanent course number, EDTECH 543. This course is part of the online teaching endorsement and also an elective in the department’s two graduate-degree programs.

3. The committee also removed the list of specific electives from the online teaching certificate requirements box. Students can choose electives from the course list.

Taking a Break this Summer? Please notify Dixie Conner if you are not planning to enroll in summer 12 classes. Please indicate the reason why and when you expect to return to classes

May Commencement in Boise We'd love to see all of you in Boise for May Commencement ceremonies. Please notify Dixie Conner if you are planning to attend.

Click the links for more information

March 1, 2012

  • EdTech Featured Twice
  • 2 Great Kudos for EdTech
  • SITE City Limits 2012
  • Student and Alumni Spotlight
  • GSA News
  • Faculty Publications/News
  • Information You Can Use
  • Jobs, Mark your Calendars

English Instructor Florida Virtual School

Instructional Technology Instructor Natomas Charter School, Sacramento, CA

Director of Education WorldStrides, Charlottesville, VA

Algebra Instructor Florida Virtual Schools

Instructional Designer/Curriculum Coordinator OSU, Oklahoma City, OK

Online Instructional Design Specialist Crown Point Community School Corporation, Crown Point, Indiana (Telecommuting applicants will not be considered.)

Instructional Designer & Consultant The College of Global Studies, Arcadia University

Instructional Technologist Widener University, Chester, PA

Instructional Technologist, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Technology Integration Specialist or Elementary Technology Coordinator The John F. Kennedy School, Berlin, Germany Dr. Dallas Becker


16, Friday

Recommended last day for final oral dissertation, thesis, or project defense for May graduation.

26, Monday- 1, Sunday (April)

Spring Vacation (University offices open.)


1, Sunday

Spring Vacation ends

2. Monday

Last day to submit review copies of dissertation or thesis with final reading approval signed by supervisory committee chair to the Graduate Dean’s Office for May graduation.

We will be at the following upcoming conferences. We welcome local students and graduates to visit our information booths!

National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) - Boston, MA April 11-13

2012 National Charter Schools Conference – Minneapolis, MN June 19-22



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