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The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) announces Partnership with EDTECH Department

iNACOL logoThe International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is pleased to announce its first partnership to involve more university graduate students and faculty in shaping the future of K-12 online education. This new professional partnership allows Boise State’s educational technology students to get a jump start on their professional careers and tap into a global network of scholars.

The partnership between Boise State’s Department of Educational Technology (EdTech) and iNACOL provides EdTech students paid memberships in iNACOL, the nation’s leading advocacy, research and membership organization for K-12 online education.

“Through this partnership, we are providing our graduate students important opportunities for learning, networking, researching, and engaging in current issues that are impacting education around the globe," said Lisa Dawley, EdTech chair. “We are thrilled to be in formal partnership with iNACOL.”

Susan Patrick, iNACOL President and CEO, noted that “Boise State is one of the leaders in K-12 online teacher preparation and has been an active member of iNACOL. We are looking forward to having their graduate students become a part of iNACOL’s vital network of K-12 online learning professionals.”

Boise State’s College of Education is seeing strong demand to train students to teach online. The college’s EdTech department is one of the largest university-based providers of training for K-12 online teachers in the country and has provided professional development for many virtual and supplemental programs, including Idaho Digital Learning Academy, Connections Academy, K-12 Inc. and California Virtual Academy. EdTech offers master’s degrees in educational technology and a graduate certificate that includes a series of courses in K-12 online teaching.

ARVEL SIG: Applied Research in Virtual Environments for Learning

Dr. Lisa Dawley is assuming the Chair position at the 2011 AERA Annual Meeting which is being held this year in New Orleans, from April 8-12. The ARVEL SIG team has planned an outstanding program. The focus for ARVEL SIG this year – in line with this year’s conference theme, "Inciting the Social Imagination: Education Research for the Public Good", will be on educational research topics relevant to 3D Virtual Environments, Augmented Reality, Alternate Reality, and Future Concepts.

Visit ARVEL SIG website 

Congratulations to Drs. Kerry Rice and Chareen Snelson

Dr. Kerry Rice and Dr. Chareen Snelson have been awarded tenure and promotion to Associate Professors. They will be honored at a celebration on April 26, in the SUB Special Events Center. The College of Education is impressed by their outstanding accomplishments and positive contributions to the EDTECH Department and the College of Ed. "It is outstanding educators like Dr. Rice and Dr. Snelson who make our profession one in which we can all be proud," said Diane Boothe, Professor and Dean, College of Education.

Department Offers Dual Masters Program with National University of Tainan in Taiwan

EdTech Master of Science students will soon have the opportunity to study abroad for a year in a similar program and earn two master’s degrees in about two years.

EdTech professor Andy Hung, with help from associate program developer Jerry Foster, initiated the university’s first dual-degree program, which allows students to earn two master’s degrees in less time and cost than earning them separately.

EdTech students study online for a year and spend their second year on campus at National University of Tainan in Taiwan. Both institutions accept all of the credits of the partner institution, so credits apply toward both degrees.

NUTN courses are taught in English by U.S.-educated Taiwanese professors, although one course in conversational Mandarin is required.

NUTN tuition is about $1200 for an entire year. A dorm room is provided at no cost and cafeteria meals cost about $6 a day.

Taiwanese students would study at NUTN in their first year and on campus in Boise for their second year.

For further information visit Dual_Degree_Program

EDTECH Student Success Stories

Chris Tilley, a recent EDTECH grad, is now employed at George Mason University as the Administrator of the new Collaborative Learning Hub at their campus in Arlington, VA.

This is a new position at a new facility. Chris is building it from the ground up. His primary function will be to support faculty in their integration of technology into curriculum.

“Thank you for helping to guide me through the Masters "journey" which led me here. I love living in the DC area and this job seems like an exciting opportunity to apply the skills you helped me develop. Best, Chris" Congratulations to Chris!

Ted Finch Ted Finch, a first-semester M.E.T. student, is making good use of his web-development skills learned in EDTECH 502. He's picked up three paying clients---an author, an art studio, and a local talk-radio program about to go into national syndication. Finch admits he was in the right place at the right time---with the right skills.

If you'd like to share your successes with us, we'd love to hear from you so we can include your stories in our newsletter as well. We all are very interested to hear what our graduates are doing with their EDTECH degrees. Please write Dixie Conner

Faculty Publications & News

Dr. Ross Perkins

Dr. Ross Perkins and Dr. Ted Singletary (Dept. of Curriculum, Instruction and Foundational Studies) presented a paper titled "An investigation into the use and evaluation of web-based science education resources by K-8 teachers: An exploratory study" at the National Science Teachers Association annual conference, which was held in San Francisco, CA, in March 2011. More information about the session can be found online at K12 Science-Web

Immediately after the NSTA Conference, Dr. Perkins joined two colleagues from Boise State's College of Engineering, Dr. Kirsten Davis (Construction Management) and Dr. Sondra Miller (Civil Engineering) in Reston, VA for a two-day conference sponsored by the National Science Foundation's Engineering Education directorate. The grant on which Davis, Miller, and Perkins are working is titled, "Successful Adoption of Innovation in Engineering Education: Faculty Characteristics and Environmental Perceptions." The project began in January 2011 and the team will start collecting data this summer. More information about it can be found online at Grant

Dr. John Thompson

John Thompson, PhD, presented an online session, “Best Practices in Online Discussions: Insights from 10 Years’ Experience Teaching Online Courses,” for Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Distance Education Virtual Conference on February 24. He also presented a concurrent session, “Desktop Videoconferencing: Meet and Teach from Your Desktop Computer,” at the FETC Conference in Orlando, Florida, on February 2. In January and March, he facilitated an online workshop, “Dynamic Collaboration, Discussion, and Facilitation Practices,” for the Sloan Consortium.


Graduate Student Scholarships for Attending ISTE 2011

SIGTE is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships in the amount of up to $500 for graduate students to participate at the ISTE 2011 conference June 26-29 in Philadelphia, PA. By providing this scholarship, we hope that more graduate students will have the opportunity to network with others in the field, gain new perspectives on the use of educational technologies in teaching and learning environments, and grow as a scholar or practitioner.

We encourage graduate students to participate fully in the ISTE 2011 experience through attending:

  • Keynote presentations
  • Workshops
  • Sessions
  • Poster Sessions
  • Global Gallery
  • Demonstrations
  • Birds of a Feather Meetings
  • SIGTE Business Meeting
  • SIGTE Forum
  • and more!!

For more information about the conference, visit iste2011

All teacher education graduate students are encouraged to apply. Award recipients will be recognized at the SIGTE Business Meeting on Tuesday, 6/28/2011, 5:00pm–6:15pm. Recipients must attend that meeting. Special consideration will be given to applications where the applicant is first author on a presentation. Please note that the name and contact information of a faculty sponsor are required. The complete evaluation rubric can be found at: evaluation rubric

Deadline: This form must be submitted on or before April 30th, 2011 to be considered. Award recipients will be notified by mid-May.


Questions? Contact Mia Kim Williams, SIGTE Graduate Scholarship Chair, Mia Kim Williams


From Student Outreach Services

Make Plans Now To Attend Commencement

May 14, 2011 9am-12pm, Commencement Ceremony
12pm-1pm, Reception

If you are planning to attend commencement and walk in the ceremony here at Boise State - please let us know. Just e-mail Kellie Branson as soon as possible so we can add you to the list of graduates who will be here on campus. To find all commencement information visit Commencement_Information

EDTECH 506 Status Changes for New Students

For students beginning the Master of Educational Technology program this fall and thereafter, EDTECH 506 will be an elective, which means they will have five core courses (501 through 505) and five electives.

For all other M.E.T. students, EDTECH 506 remains a core course, so their programs still call for six core courses (501-506) and four electives. The portfolio class, EDTECH 592, remains in effect for all M.E.T. students.

For questions, please contact your admissions adviser, Jerry Foster or Dixie Conner.

From Graduate Student Association

New GSA Newsletter

The GSA has published its monthly newsletter. Please visit:

GSA Newsletter

If you would like to contribute to the GSA newsletter please contact

Lora Evanouski

Click the links for more information

April 1, 2011

  • iNACOL Partnership
  • ARVEL Sig
  • Congratulations to Dr. Rice and Dr. Snelson
  • Dual Masters with U of Tainan
  • Student Success Stories
  • Faculty Publications and News
  • Partner News
  • Information You Can Use
  • Jobs
  • Mark your Calendars
  • Upcoming Conferences

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3, Sunday

Spring vacation ends.


6, Friday

Classroom instruction ends.

6, Friday

Last day to submit final copies of dissertation or thesis to Graduate Dean’s Office for May graduation.

14, Saturday


17, Tuesday

Grade reports due on BroncoWeb

And, last day to submit Report of Culminating Activity form to Graduate Admission and Degree Services for graduate degrees to be awarded in May.


2011 AERA Annual Meeting, April 8-12, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana

ISTE.2011 Philadelphia, June 26-29, Pennsylvania Convention Center
Booth #146

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