Boise State University EDTech


Department Welcomes Dr. Seong Guk Kang, Visiting Researcher

Dr. Baek 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!

In exchange for your gracious support, we're happy to provide you a one-year free student membership in either AECT or iNACOL, as a way to build your professional network.

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


  • What has your online experience taught you?
  • What is the most surprising thing about the EdTech program?
  • How have your EdTech projects helped you in the real world?
  • How has the BSU EdTech program been different from more traditional college experiences?
  • How can Education technology help make the world a better place?
  • What can other industries learn from embracing more education technology type thinking?
  • What is the next big thing in education technology?
  • How would you summarize the benefits of studying education technology?
  • Other ideas to share with the world about the EdTech program at BSU?

Exciting New Summer Courses


We are offering two new, exciting, and timely electives for summer session!


“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


“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

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.



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

SITE conference program

"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.

Hear presenter key points, ask questions, and share resources! tweetchat For additional information see: Online Educator

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
Allison Powell will help announce the second annual National Online Teacher of the Year Award Winner at the Southern Regional Education Board Symposium on Teaching and Learning:

Southern Regional Education Board
Atlanta, GA


From Student Outreach Services

New Student Online Orientation

Students who missed the online orientation on February 24th are welcome to listen to the recording.

Secrets of Success from Admissions to Graduation

From Graduate Student Association

New GSA Newsletter

The GSA has published their new newsletter. Here is the link:

GSA Newsletter

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

Click the links for more information

March 1, 2011

  • Dr. Seong Guk Kang, Visiting Researcher
  • Be a Star on EdTech's New Website
  • New Summer Courses
  • EDTECH Island Renovation
  • Congratulations Susan Ferdon
    & Michael Fuller
  • Faculty Publications and News
  • Information You Can Use
  • Jobs
  • Mark your Calendars
  • Upcoming Conferences

Oregon State University

Senior_Instructional_Design Consultant DePaul University

Instructional_Designer Performance Learning Systems, Inc., Alan Town, PA

Instructional_Designer, University of Colorado

eLearning_Instructional_Design Consultant CARA Corp.

Online_Faculty American Public University System

Assistant_Dean_of_Online Learning LeTourneau University, Longview, TX

Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Instructional_Technology_and Design Morehead University, Morehead, KY

Creative_Instructional_Designer Emerson College, Boston, MA

Instructional_Design_Team Manager
Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH

Instructional_Design Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, IL

Director_of_Online_Learning Edgewood College, Madison, WI


15, Tuesday

Free Application for 2011-2012 Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) priority filing deadline for continuing students. Deadline for submitting Supplemental Scholarship Application. Students attending BSU Spring 2011 and who plan to continue attendance during the 2011-2012 academic year should transmit the FAFSA or renewal FAFSA, including any required signature pages, by March 15, 2011. Students who meet this deadline will receive priority consideration for certain scholarship, grant, loan, and work-study programs.


11, Friday

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

12, Saturday

Last day for written comprehensive exam for graduate degrees for May graduation.

25, Friday

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.

28, Monday

Spring Vacation begins. (University offices open.)

Computer-Using Educators, Inc.(CUE)
March 17-19, 2011
Palm Springs,CA
Booth #314

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