Boise State University EDTech


National University of Tainan Partnership

In the President's office (from left to right: Dr. Andy Hung; Dr. Ross Vaughn, associate dean of COE; Dr. Hsiu-Shuang Hwang, President of National University of Tainan; Dr. Lisa Dawley; Dr Mei-Chun Yin, vice president of NUTN; Mr. Jerry Foster; Dr. Tzung-Hsien Huang, dean of COE; Dr. Pau-Ju Lee, dean of research and development office; Shu-Tung Lai, Senior Executive Officer)

Three EdTech Department representatives and Dr. Ross Vaughn, associate dean of the College of Education, stood in line as Taiwan’s high-speed train rolled into the station at Tainan City. A man at the head of the line saw two suitcases with Boise State luggage tags on them, and said, “Boise State University—great football team there.”

What are the odds of traveling halfway around the world and run into someone who knows about Boise State football?

What are the odds that someone else in the city would know about the EdTech program at Boise State? Pretty good.

National University of Tainan faculty and administrators met with the Boise State delegation headed by Vaughn and EdTech Chair Lisa Dawley, and including professor Andy Hung and senior admissions advisor Jerry Foster, to work out preliminary details for a dual-degree program in which Taiwanese students can study a year in Boise, and Boise State EdTech students can study in Taiwan one year and earn a master’s degree from both institutions.

Details, still under approval by the university, should be ready for dissemination in January.

M.E.T. student Jennifer Uriarte wins first Sean Ellenberger Scholarship

Scholarship Recipient
Lisa Dawley, Ken Meyers, Gary Ellenberger, Jennifer Uriarte, Brandon Irvin, Chris Ellenberger.

Jennifer Uriarte, a Huntington Beach, Calif. teacher for homeless children, was announced as the winner of the first Sean Ellenberger Memorial Scholarship at Bronco Stadium in pre-game ceremonies on Oct. 31. Uriate received the scholarship award from Dean Diane Boothe, Ed Tech Chair Lisa Dawley, and Sean Ellenburger’s father, Gary, who lives in Florida.

The Ed Tech Department established the scholarship last year in memory of Sean Ellenburger, who graduated in May and died suddenly a few weeks later.

He is survived by his father, Gary Ellenberg, and mother, Mrs. Anne Langford.

Gary Ellenburger said, “Sean dreamed of being part of Boise State University someday and now in a very special way, he will be.”

If you would like to donate to this Scholarship, please contact Dr. Lisa Dawley or the University Foundation office for more information.

EdTech Showcase … now showing!

Dr. Jackie Gerstein was the first presenter last week in the new EdTech Showcase, to help connect students, faculty, and experts beyond Boise State.

Gerstein’s live presentation in Adobe Connect was entitled Creative Web Tools For and By Kids.


The showcase is Boise State’s response to symposia and guest speakers available on most face-to-face campuses. Guest experts who have agreed to discuss leading-edge developments in educational technology include Don Knezek, CEO of ISTE; Susan Patrick, CEO of iNACOL, and Mickey Revenaugh, VP & Founder of Connections Academy.

Faculty can use the showcase to share their research, grant projects, or to present new ways to integrate technology in the classroom.

The Showcase is for all individuals, regardless of level of expertise. EdTech Department Chair Lisa Dawley hopes graduate students will use this venue to gain experience in presenting to a live audience online. Students and faculty should list symposium credit on their resumes. Instructors may even allow students to count presentation experience toward class credit.

Live login will be limited initially to students, faculty, and staff in the EDTECH program. Sessions will be scheduled for one hour, and recorded for later viewing by those who can't attend.

Students and faculty interested in presenting should email graduate assistant Farnoush Davis at Prospective presenters should provide her with their topic and the month/date/time they would like to present.

Learn more about EdTech Showcase at Showcase info:


Alumni Gordon Kokx

Gordon Kokx graduated from BSU in August of 2007 with a Master of Science Degree in Educational Technology. He now serves as Professor and EMS Program Director at the College of Southern Idaho. Congratulations on his recent publication: “The Integration of a Web-Based Curriculum Using High-Fidelity Human Patient Simulation in the Instruction of Endotracheal Intubation for Paramedic Instructors, published in Prehospital Emergency Care Official Journal of the National Association of EMS Physicians, October/December 2009, Volume 13/Number 4.

EdTech student one of 18 scholars invited to global conference on health promotion

Brenda Janot intends to promote health in rural and under-developed communities locally and globally through online and virtual world instruction initiatives, but the last week of October found her on the ground in Kenya in real time.

Janot was one of 18 U.S. scholars selected to attend an intensive study abroad program in International Health with Miami University of Ohio. Her group donated a health library to a medical community in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, visited Medicine Sans Frontiers and several other international aid organizations, and in the last week of October attended a World Health Organization conference in Nairobi on health promotion. She had already produced instructional units involving potatoes and nutrition for Maasai children in Kenya, but at the conference’s Africa Day, she learned additional health promotion strategies for community development. (Image from Brenda)
You can contact Brenda at


Andy Hung,PhD

Assistant Professor
Andy Hung

Dr. Andy Hung, a hard worker and shrewd investor, was on his way to becoming a millionaire, but his love of teaching got in the way.

Hung, who teaches Flash (511), networks (552), and now web development (502) each fall, earned his bachelor’s degree in biology at National Cheng Kung University with the intention to become a physician, but his parents would not hear of it. In Taiwan, doctors work 12-to-16 hours every day (and earn much less than American doctors) and they feared he wouldn’t have time for a family. It was a valid concern because Andy is their only child and their only hope for a grandchild.

So, he gave up the idea of an M.D. degree and instead earned an MBA with emphasis in management information Systems at Sun Yat Sen University, named for a George Washington-like hero in Taiwanese history. Hung worked in the corporate world awhile, and his father was proud of him, but the younger Hung wasn’t satisfied, so he took a job as a lecturer of accounting information systems. His father—an accountant, professor of accounting, and administrator at another university—was still proud of him.

After eight years, Hung went to the United States to earn a doctorate in the Instructional Technology Department at Texas Tech University. “I loved teaching but I knew nothing of theory or pedagogy, so I wanted to improve my teaching skills,” he says.

He’s taught in the EdTech Department at Boise State since 2007, but it has been a momentous two years. In that time, he has become an American citizen, a married man, and next April he will present to his parents their first grandchild. They’re very pleased.

Dawley Touches Down at 3 Universities on Whirlwind Korean Tour

Lisa in Korea
Prof. Eun-Hong Cheon, Prof. Hyeon-Gi Baek, Prof. Jong-Seuk Lee, Dr. Lisa Dawley, Prof. Sook-Young Choi and Prof. Tai-Hyun Ha.

EdTech Chair Lisa Dawley delivered invited addresses in Korea recently at Chongbuk and Woosuk universities, and was the keynote speaker at the International Symposium on Education in Virtual Worlds at Korea National University of Education.
On the topic of virtual world teaching and new media learning, she explained the application of 3-D online immersive environments that engender a new participatory culture among students.

Boise State’s EdTech Island is the department's virtual world initiative. After two years, the twelve graduate courses taught there have generated over $200,000 in tuition, averages 450 unique visitors each week, and hosts numerous guest speakers and international educators.

Dr. Dawley had the opportunity to meet with EdTech graduate assistant, Anthony Saba, while in Seoul.

EdTech Chair wins AECT Presidential Service Award

EdTech Chair Lisa Dawley received the Presidential Service Award last week from the Association for Education Communications and Technology (AECT) for outstanding support of the Second Life and Virtual Worlds Committee’s activities over the past several years. AECT president Mary C. Herring said Dawley’s support and sharing of her expertise greatly contributed to AECT’s ability to move forward on this important front, and her counsel has been a key piece of that process. Dawley received the award at this year’s AECT Annual International Convention, October 27-31, in Louisville, Kentucky. AECT is a professional organization for educational technologists in higher education.

New Course on Math Pedagogy Slated for Spring

The Dept. of EdTech and Dept. of Mathematics at BSU have teamed up to offer a new course to graduate students in both programs. Boise State math professor and Second Life enthusiast Dr. Randall Holmes will teach a new EdTech elective called EDTECH 597: Teaching Mathematics in Virtual Worlds this spring. This fully online experimental course will explore the opportunities and difficulties of communicating mathematical principles in 3-D online environments.

Second Life classes are synchronous, and this one meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-5 p.m. SLT, which is the same as Pacific Time. Students can access the syllabus at:
Holmes can be reached at:

iNACOL Announces Launch of Continuity of Learning Website


iNACOL announced to its members that they have launched a new website for Continuity of Learning. This is an important resource for all teachers and administrators. Here is an excerpt from their press release: “WASHINGTON, DC, October 2, 2009 – The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) announces the launch of a new website for Continuity of Learning and pandemic planning providing free resources for schools, districts, and states to assist with learning continuity planning in preparation of the H1N1 flu pandemic or other natural disaster.

The website features a toolkit of online resources for school districts and states that includes: 1) a Readiness Assessment questionnaire; 2) Continuity of Learning planning frameworks; 3) Case studies of state and district plans, 4) archived events, such as webinars and presentations, on continuity of learning and online learning; 5) Steps districts can take to prepare for short-term and long-term closures prompted by the H1N1 virus; 6) a section for providers (companies and organizations) to apply to link to resources they offer for continuity of learning.”

Contact Susan Patrick, iNACOL President @ CEO 202-441-5780

Click the Read More links for more information

November 3, 2009

  • National University of Tainan Partnership; The Sean Ellenberger Scholarship; EdTech Showcase
  • Student Spotlight - Gordon Kokx; Brenda Janot
  • Faculty Spotlight - Dr. Andy Hung; Dr. Lisa Dawley on Korean Tour; AECT Presidential Award
  • New Math Course in Second Life
  • iNACOL launches new website


6, Friday
Last day to submit final signed copies of dissertation, thesis, or project to Graduate Dean's Office for December graduation.

11, Wednesday
Veterans Day observed (classes in session).

15 - 17, Sunday - Tuesday
VSS Conference, Austin, TX Space 48

23-29, Monday-Sunday
Thanksgiving holiday (no classes - University offices closed November 26-27). Happy Thanksgiving!


3, Thursday
Free Virtual Conference and Expo, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST Register for a FREE Virtual Conference & Expo.

The producers of Campus Technology conferences invite you and your team to participate in Campus Technology '09 Virtual Conference—a FREE online event designed to immerse you in the latest education technologies. Attend this live online event and enjoy:

  • Expert speakers sharing their views in an effective, interactive way
  • A live virtual networking lounge to reconnect with colleagues and make new contacts
  • Technology product and services demos in the virtual exhibit hall
  • Free content downloads and presentations to go
  • No travel expenses, no conference fees and no lines.

13, Sunday
Weekend University classes end.

14-17, Mon-Thursday
Final semester examinations for the Regular session (exam schedule listed on BroncoWeb).

18, Friday
Residence halls close (Noon)

18, Friday

22, Tuesday
Grade reports due to Registrar’s Office.

22, Tuesday
Last day to submit Report of Culminating Activity form to Graduate Admission and Degree Services for graduate degrees to be awarded in December.

25-31, Fri-Thursday
University offices closed. Happy Holidays!


1, Friday
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VSS Conference, Austin, TX, Space 48


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Temple in Korea
Temple in Tainan, Taiwan, taken by Dr. Dawley