Boise State University EDTech


Teacher Education Summit Publishes Call to Action

Lisa DawleyBoise State’s EdTech Chair Helps Lead Push To Reinvent Teacher Education For The Digital Age

"Dr. Lisa Dawley with Paul Resta and Tom Carroll, report authors; Karen Cator, director of the U.S. Office of Educational Technology, front center"

BOISE STATE NEWS RELEASE / October, 2010 Online at: Education Summit

Lisa Dawley, chair of Boise State’s Department of Educational Technology (EdTech), is among the contributors to a landmark national report designed to reinvent teacher education for the digital age.

The report Redefining Teacher Education for Digital Age Learners calls on Congress and national policymakers to create common national certification standards and to unite separate efforts under a National Coalition to Reinvent Teacher Education for Digital Age Learners.

"This timely report addresses critical needs of teacher education in today's digital society by providing key recommendations for policymakers and teacher educators," Dawley said. "It was exciting to come together with some of the most talented minds in the country to address this need. It was an honor to support the report with contributions on national policy recommendations developed from research we’ve conducted at Boise State.”

The report is the result of an invitational education summit at The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education. The summit included 100 leaders from state legislatures, state certification boards, education professional associations, teacher unions, teacher education institutions, schools, the business community and the federal government. The summit made its report public this month.

Dawley served on the committee that wrote the national policy recommendations section of the report. She attended steering committee meetings in both Austin and Washington, D.C. Boise State’s EdTech department is a national leader in research and innovation in online teaching and learning.

Among the recommendations in the report:

  • Traditional standardized test scores cannot be the sole or primary measure of student learning. It is essential that states support the design of accountability systems that move from a culture of compliance to a culture of performance.
  • Teacher educators must model strategies for addressing the needs of all learners. Future educators must work in learning teams whose collective knowledge base is helpful in adapting the curriculum to meet the needs of varied learners.
  • Teachers must be responsive to changes in the global society. Teacher educators must prepare their students to enter classrooms that will likely change more in the coming decade than they have in the preceding century.
  • Teachers must be prepared to teach in online and blended learning environments. Virtual schools, online courses, and blended learning environments have grown exponentially across the country. Few, however, are learning to teach online classes, or the use of cutting-edge technologies and advanced data systems to support individualized teaching strategies.
  • Colleges of education should adopt competency-based teacher education programs. Developing 21st century educators requires replacing time-based learning standards with competency-based standards.
  • Support for faculty development is essential. A new faculty development protocol must be devised for building the capacity and enhancing the skills and knowledge of all faculty members in the applications of digital learning technology

2nd NSF-Funded Grant in Engineering Education

In addition to serving as one of four primary investigators on the NSF-funded GeoScience Education grant, Dr. Ross Perkins is working as one of three primary investigators on a second NSF-funded grant in Engineering Education ($144,000). Dr. Kirsten Davis (Construction Management) is the principle investigator, and Dr. Sondra Miller (Civil Engineering) is the other co-PI.

More information about the grants can be found at: GeoSciences and Engineering Ed

Sean Ellenberger Scholarship Winner is Brenda Janot


Brenda Janot

"Brenda Janot, front left, with kids from Open Door Program, Lowell Elementary"

MET student Brenda Janot has won the 2010-2011 Sean Ellenberger Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $3,132.00. Brenda’s work with the Lewis and Clark Service Corporation and the Boise Department of Parks and Recreation are impressive, and her outreach with the kids at Lowell School exemplifies the exact type of outreach this scholarship fund was intended to support.

Brenda also was recently elected as the new Mini Grant Coordinator for GSA. If any students would like information about applying for the mini grant, please contact Brenda at: Brenda Janot

Brenda also represented Boise State EdTech GSA at the International Union for Health Promotion Education (IUHPE) Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Her report follows:

"I felt honored to represent Boise State University, Edtech GSA at the International Union for Health Promotion Education (IUHPE) Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. I presented my oral abstract on Thursday, July 15th, in a tiny crowded room, which was both exhilarating and nerve wracking. I arrived in Geneva during the July 2010 heat wave. The first few days of the conference was spent battling dehydration and a visit to the conference infirmary.

"To pay for my conference fees, I worked at the guest check-in counter, where I passed out conference materials and greeted attendees from around the globe. While at the conference, I re-connected with my World Health Organization Nairobi, Information Communication Technology group during a follow up meeting. We determined that we needed to encourage our region's leaders, Pan American Health Organization (to adopt the Nairobi Call to Action by the World Health Assembly.

"I had the pleasure to meet Gauden Galea, regional adviser to the Western Pacific Region, World Health Organization on non-communicable diseases. Dr. Gauden Galea presented information about International Public Health Watch. Some the social media tools discussed were collaborative filtering, document filtering, searching, and network analysis for improving health literacy. Consequently, I met one of his colleagues earlier in the week while attending a World Religion Church in old town. Part of the conference experience is networking on and off the meeting site.

"The most exciting plenary discussion was about Social Movements. It was interesting because the session was informal and interactive with group participation. One could feel the excitement in the room because the atmosphere was brimming with ideas about creating new social norms and human rights education.

Here is a link to an article from the session where I presented my abstract IUPPE Conference

Lastly, it was fun to watch the World Cup with an international audience and later listen to the Spaniards celebrating all night in Geneva. All in all, it was an experience of a lifetime. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to represent Edtech GSA!"


m-Learning Scholars Program


EdTech faculty member Barbara Schroeder has been selected to lead a faculty learning community on teaching and learning with mobile technology next spring. This group will explore questions related to teaching and learning in the information-rich, connected environment enabled by mobile technology.

This new program—sponsored by the the EdTech Department in conjunction with the university’s Center for Teaching and Learning, Academic Technologies, the Vice President for Student Affairs, Albertson's Library, and the Office of Information Technology—has the following goals:

  • To explore how mobile devices impact specific instructional variables, such as student learning, communication, interaction, collaboration, field work, etc.
  • To develop models for best practices for teaching with mobile devices.
  • To identify issues that must be addressed (e.g., at the institutional level) in order for mobile devices to be put to best use in teaching and learning.
More information is available at The Center for Teaching and Learning website


Yu-Chang Hsu

Dr. Hsu presented two papers with Dr. Ching in October at AECT 2010. One of their papers studied how to enhance learning of introductory statistics through supporting multiple visual representation integration and self-explanation in the web-based environment. The other paper focused on the issues, challenges, and design of blogging in higher education.

Dr. Ross Perkins

Dr. Perkins presented a paper titled, "OpenCourseWare for Open Learning: Challenges and Promises" at the annual conference of the International Council for Educational Media (ICEM) in Eskisehir, Turkey, in October. The conference hosted scholars from more than 40 countries. More information about the conference can be found at ICEM

Dr. Perkins also presented two papers at the annual convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) in October. One paper examined open educational resources and instructional design. The second presented results from research that he is conducting with Dr. Ted Singletary of Boise State’s Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Foundation Studies. The study looks at the use of web-based science resources by teachers in grades K-8. In addition to presenting papers, Dr. Perkins is concluding his service as president of AECT's International Division.

Dr. Barbara Schroeder

Barbara has been writing her Technology Teacher Blog for several years. She uses it as another way to get ideas out and help others move forward in technology use and integration.

Here’s a link to her article Technologists – It’s Our Time  

Glori Hinck

MET student Dr. Glori Hinck presented a paper called “Virtual Worlds for Chiropractic Education: Feasible or Foolish?” Oct. 14 at the World Federation of Chiropractic Education Conference in Madrid, Spain.

Dr. Hinck is an associate professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minnesota, and will complete her MET degree in December.

Virtual worlds are not yet utilized in chiropractic education but chiropractic college representatives from around the world were intrigued with the educational opportunities present in Second Life and were especially interested in a virtual radiology laboratory experience that Dr. Hinck would like to create.

For more information on the federation and its annual conference, click on Federation of Chiropractic Education Conference or Glori Hinck.  


From Paul Castelin

Getting To Graduation: Managing Details and Deadlines

The single greatest barrier students face regarding completing a degree or certificate on time is a lack of organization. All students are required to track their own individual progress and complete university requirements on time. There is nothing worse than having to postpone graduation because a required document was not submitted or a deadline was missed.

The single greatest barrier students face regarding completing a degree or certificate on time is a lack of organization. All students are required to track their own individual progress and complete university requirements on time. There is nothing worse than having to postpone graduation because a required document was not submitted or a deadline was missed.

The attached checklists are one resource provided to help you complete graduation or certificate requirements on time. Familiarize yourself with the links provided and the forms to be filed.

MSET Advising Checklist
MSED Advising Checklist
MET Advising Checklist

You can also find resource information on our website EdTech Advising.

We recommend that all students create an EdTech binder or digital file that includes the above checklist along with copies of all forms and e-mails submitted relative to the checklist. It's also important to keep copies of other administrative e-mails from BSU offices and the EdTechDepartment.

Two New Applications on BroncoWeb

Boise State has initiated two new applications that you will find useful. Both of them are accessible in your Student Center on BroncoWeb. The first is the Academic Advisement Report (AAR) which outlines all the courses that are required for your degree and/or certificate programs. Most of you are familiar with that application, but have you used the "MyPlanner" in your Student Center? It is designed to replace the hard-copy Program Development Form that most of you filled out and submitted to the Department at the beginning of your program.

Without spending a lot of time here explaining the Planner, please navigate to the BroncoWeb Help Docs on the home page of BroncoWeb, click on that link then navigate to, read, and apply how to add courses to your Planner Planner Guide, using your Program Development Form(s) as your guide.

Once the classes are listed in your Shopping Cart, they can be scheduled and re-scheduled as needed, then can easily be used for course registrations each semester. Try it, you'll like it!

If you have any questions after reviewing the material, please feel free to get in touch with me at Paul Castelin o or (208) 426-1962.

As a reminder, there are no culminating activity courses during summer session, please contact your adviser if you have any questions.


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November 1, 2010

  • Education Summit
  • 2nd NSF Grant Funded
  • Sean Ellenberger Scholarship Winner
  • m-Learning Scholars Program
  • Faculty News/Publications
  • Information You Can Use
  • Jobs, Mark your Calendars, Upcoming Conferences

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5, Friday

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

11, Thursday

Veterans Day (classes in session and University offices open).

22-28 Monday-Sunday

22-28, Mon-Sun Thanksgiving Holiday (no classes - University offices closed November 25-26).


10, Friday

Classroom instruction ends.

10, Friday

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

13-16, Monday-Thursday

Final semester examinations for the Regular session. (Exam schedule listed on BroncoWeb.)

17, Friday


21, Tuesday

Grade reports due on BroncoWeb

21, Tuesday

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

24-31, Friday-Friday

University offices closed.

Virtual School Symposium 2010 "Online and Blended Learning: The Future of Education"
November 16-16
Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa, Booth 77

Glendale, Arizona
VSS 2010


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