Boise State University EDTech


EdTech Begins Training for California Virtual Academies

Boise State’s Department of Educational Technology was chosen by California Virtual Academies to train over 125 of their online teachers through spring 2011.

California Virtual Academies chose to provide its faculty with three different 10-week courses focusing on technology integration and both basic and advanced online teaching. In addition, admissions advisor Jerry Foster suggested an ongoing strategy, in which CaVA supports one faculty member to earn a master’s degree so she can continue to provide high-quality professional development to faculty after the grant-funded first wave of training is over. Professional development courses are not tied to the university’s schedule, so they can start any time. EdTech workshops are tied to Idaho's newly approved stateStandards for K12 Online Teachers.

EdTech is the largest university provider of K-12 online teacher training in the U.S.

EdTech students and graduates interested in organizing professional development training in their schools or districts should contact Jerry Foster at:


EDTECH Faculty Win NSF Grant

EdTech professors Chareen Snelson and Ross Perkins have won a National Science Foundation grant to create a K-12 virtual lab for teaching the science of geochronology. They are sharing the $149,895 project with Geosciences professors Karen Viskupic and Mark Schmitz.

The research team is developing a series of virtual learning activities to teach the science of geochronology, which is the study of geologic time.

The curriculum is being designed in partnership with the Idaho Digital Learning Academy for implementation and evaluation in its online Earth Science courses but will be available nationwide to students and teachers through digital libraries of teaching resources. Snelson, Perkins, and their Geosciences colleagues will:

  • Develop a series of virtual labs and field experiences (learning objects) for middle and high school students that can be strung together as part of a comprehensive curriculum on the science of geochronology or used separately to focus on specific learning objectives defined for each activity;
  • Create learning objects that are SCORM-compliant and can be readily used in learning management systems such as BlackBoard(R) and Moodle(R);
  • Train teachers in the science of geochronology and the use of the learning objects; and
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the learning objects in meeting their educational objectives.

Please visit National Science Foundation Award


Visit EDTECH at Virtual School Symposium


November 16-16th, Glendale, AZ


Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa
9495 West Coyotes Boulevard
Glendale, AZ 85305
Phone: (623) 937-3700
Fax: (623) 937-3703

Three EdTech faculty members will present their research at the Virtual School Symposium in Phoenix this November. VSS is the nation’s only K-12 online & blended learning conference.

Lisa Dawley and Kerry Rice will present "Going Virtual!: Unique Needs and Challenges of K12 Online Teachers, Two Years Later.”

On the same day, Dawley and doctoral student Chris Haskell will present "Recent Research on Online Teaching and Learning: Implications for Practice – 1."

EdTech admissions advisor Jerry Foster will maintain an informational booth in the exhibit hall, space #77.

Each year, experts in K-12 virtual education present the latest trends, challenges and opportunities in e-learning, making VSS America’s preeminent stage for cutting-edge work in K-12 online education.

There is still time to join the more than 1600 educators who attend VSS, which is produced by iNACOL, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning. Check the VSS Conference web site below for additional details.

VSS Agenda

EDTECH Showcase

We want to welcome back and wish everyone Happy 2010 Fall Semester! We are looking forward to another successful academic year of the EDTECH Showcase!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the EDTECH Showcase, it is a forum where you can share your knowledge with our EDTECH community. For students it is also a great way to gain presentation experience and build your portfolio.

Please check out our web page to learn more about the EDTECH Showcase at EDTECH Showcase

To schedule and share your presentation with the EDTECH community please contact Farnoush Davis at:



GSA News

by Thomas Robb, President
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EDTECH GSA Election Results

EdTech’s Graduate Student Association began its first seven-day meeting of the school year onSeptember 27. EdTech students are voting on the GSA’s constitution and committee process. All meetings are asynchronous using Moodle's discussion board. This year's slate of GSA officers are:

  • President: Tom Robb
  • Vice President: Lisi Gopin
  • Treasurer: Luke Meinert
  • Techretary: Amy Pollington
  • Marketing Coordinator: Leif Nelson
  • Internship Coordinator: Nancy Sipes
  • Second Life Ambassador: Kae Novak
  • Mini-grant Coordinator: Brenda Janot
  • Mentoring Coordinator: Rohan Webb
  • Member-at-Large: Lora Evanouski

Students or anyone with questions about the specific duties of officers, should feel free to contact the officers directly or ask Tom Robb. Students interested in running for any of the offices in the future should contact either Robb or Dr. Ross Perkins at Ross Perkins

GSA’s goals for the year include:

  • Develop a student newsletter.
  • Increase awareness of the Mini-Grant opportunities and possibly add additional grants.
  • Increase student engagement in Second Life activities.
  • Develop a peer-reviewed online journal process and infrastructure.
  • Implement social networking strategies for student outreach and involvement.
  • Develop and conduct a formal student survey to develop an understanding of student interests
  • Develop ideas and implementation strategies for student internships.

More information about the EDTECH Graduate Student Association can be found on our website at GSA

To learn more about joining, please watch our animoto video at GSA Video

Those who do not want to join but do want to know what is going on, can join GSA’s Facebook page at GSA on FaceBook



Dr. Lisa Dawley

Dr. Lisa Dawley was the keynote speaker at the annual conference of the Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association (NRMERA), held on Sept. 31 in Big Sky, Montana. She spoke on "Educational Research Across A Spectrum of Virtuality: Today and Tomorrow." annual conference NRMERA

Education Week called on Lisa Dawley, chair of the Department of Education Technology, for her expertise in online learning for two articles in the magazine this week.

In the article “Virtual-Teacher Training Seen to Lack Consistency,” Dawley discussed the current state of training for online teaching at Boise State and universities nationally. The magazine also called on Dawley as one of the people leading the creation of the Idaho virtual-teaching-certification standards for its article “States Eye Standards for Virtual Educators.” Idaho is among a handful of states moving toward a mandate to require additional training for online teachers and Dawley is one of the people leading the creation of virtual-teaching certification standards.

Both articles were published online Sept. 20 and in print Sept. 2

Dr. Kerry Rice

Dr. Rice’s advice on how to get started as an online educator and what challenges to expect is included in the article “Teacher Development: Starter Kit for Teaching Online, Expert advice on shifting from brick and mortar to bytes and bits,” written by Grace Rubenstein and published in Edutopia’s newsletter September 22, 2010.

Teacher Development: Starter Kit for Teaching Online

Dr. Dazhi Yang

Dr. Dazhi Yang has been selected as a participant in the 2010 NSF sponsored Early Career Faculty Symposium to be held on October 26-27th at the AECT international conference. The Symposium selected nine early career faculty applicants through a competitive application process. The Symposium will occur over a day and a half as part of the AECT Annual Meeting. During the symposium, the participants work closely with faculty mentors who are established researchers and have a strong record of scholarship and grant activity. Participants in the symposium will be asked to identify a project to work on in consultation with their mentors over the following year. Participants will also participate in a follow-up video conference in Spring 2011.


From Jerry Foster

Linda Deneher named Regional Alumni Contact

EdTech student Linda Deneher of Twentynine Palms, Calif., has been named Boise State’s alumni representative for the area between Las Vegas and Palm Springs---and she’s not even an alumna yet.

“The BSU Web site has links for alumni and it looked like fun, so I volunteered and they let me even though I have not graduated yet,” she said in an email last week. Her first event is an orchid festival Oct. 2 in Landers, Calif., and a football-viewing party Oct. 26 in Las Vegas. She’s hoping Vegas-area alums will get together and watch the Louisiana Tech game on television.

The Alumni Association web pagelists Bronco Contacts like Deneher around the country. Linda Deneher can be reached at:

Susan Ferdon to Present at State Conference

EdTech student Susan Ferdon of Gurnee, Ill., will be presenting at the Illinois Music Educators’ Association state conference in January. She will be showing fellow music teachers exciting things to do with GarageBand. Susan is half of EdTech’s only known sister act. The other half is her sister, EdTech student Linda Deneher of Twentynine Palms, Calif.


Click the links for more information

October 1, 2010

  • Professional Develeopment Initiative
  • EDTECH Faculty win NSF Grant
  • Visit EDTECH at VSS
  • EDTECH Showcase
  • GSA News
  • Faculty News/Publications
  • Student News
  • Jobs, Mark your Calendars, Upcoming Conferences

Director of Online School Oaks Christian School
Math Curriculum Specialist SAS

Instructional Designer Virtual Virginia

Head of Online Learning and Online Workshop Coordinator International Baccalaureate recruit

Instructional Designer Michigan Virtual University, Lansing, MI

Director of Marketing

Mercury Online Education
Diane Clark

Online High school PT Adjunct Instructors

Kaplan Virtual Education

Instructional Design Specialist

Florida Virtual School

Curriculm Specialist Math
Florida Virtual School

Content Area Reviewers
Hampton Roads Virtual Learning Center

Online Nursing Tutor
Smartthinking, Inc.

Curriculum Specialist
Mohave Community College, Kingman, AZ

Technical Coordinator for Graduate Studies
Villanova University, Villanova, PA


1, Friday

Last day to add undergraduate internship or independent study.

1, Friday

Last day to add graduate assessment, internship, independent study, directed research, practicum, readings and conference.

1, Friday

Last day to drop classes with a W or completely withdraw from the Regular session. For other sessions, see Deadlines by Session table.

4, Monday

Last day to submit “Application for Admission to Candidacy” form to Graduate Admission and Degree Services for graduate degrees to be awarded in May.

9, Saturday

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

11, Monday

Columbus Day Observed (classes in session and University offices open).

15, Friday

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


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).


2010 AECT International Convention, "Cyber Change, Learning in our Connected World", Oct. 26-30,
Hyatt Regency Orange County, Anaheim, CA
2010 AECT International Convention

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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