Boise State University EDTech


Off to Another Great Year!

by Dr. Chareen Snelson, Associate Chair

We are off to another great year in Educational Technology. It is my privilege to serve as associate chair this academic year. The work I do as associate chair centers on ensuring that we maintain a high quality and innovative program. This includes hiring and supervising an exceptional group of adjunct instructors, scheduling courses, and managing curriculum mapping for the department. We have also hired a new instructional designer to support the program.

The EDTECH curriculum will undergo a thorough review again this year. During the curriculum mapping process, we review all courses to make sure they are in alignment to each other and to the AECT standards. Faculty will be provided with a summary report of this work for discussion of current and future goals for the program.

One goal I have this year is to update the EDTECH YouTube channel. I am looking for great ideas and links to your wonderful YouTube videos. Please let me know what you would like to see on the channel at EdTech on YouTube

EdTech Chair Publishes Textbook On Best Practices in K-12 Online Teaching

Kerry Rice’s new textbook is being published this month by Pearson.

Unique in its focus on K-12 learning, this book shows educators how to transform their teaching as they move from traditional face-to-face classrooms to online settings. Taking into account what teachers know about effective traditional classrooms, Dr. Rice guides readers step by step through the change, showing how familiar concepts, such as setting the tone, building community, course design, lesson planning and assessment, must be re-examined in the context of the online classroom.

With the simple premise that teachers need practical information to move beyond traditional practices, it provides an overview of the key principles of effective online instruction, emphasizes the power of the learner-centered approach, and discusses the technology tools that make online delivery and design possible.

Filled with checklists, guidelines, vignettes and sample lessons, the book guides educators through the changing landscape of education as they make the move to K-12 online teaching.

Susan Patrick, CEO of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), wrote the forward.

International Partnerships

by Dr. Kerry Rice

Dr. Youngkun Baek is leading a team of representatives from Boise State University’s College of Education on a visit to five Korean universities in October. Representatives include university Provost Martin Schimpf, the Dean of the college, Diane Booth, Edtech Chair Kerry Rice, and Department of Literacy Chair Stan Steiner. The purpose of the trip is to establish partnerships with the offices of Teacher Education in each respective university to engage in a cooperative agreement for an academic student and faculty exchange program. The exchange program will promote internationalization by increasing cooperative relations between the universities, expanding scholarly ties, and promoting cultural interchange between the students and faculty of the institutions through mutual cooperation in the areas of education, research, and other initiatives. One detail unique to this agreement is the placement of students from Korean universities into the Boise State Teacher Education Program. The team will visit Gongju National University, Chungnam University, Chonbuk National University, Kyungnam University and Jeju University. The Department of Educational Technology will also discuss the establishment of dual degree programs similar to our existing partnership agreement with National University of Tainan.

Thousands of Free eBooks are Available

By Dr. Chareen Snelson

Did you know that thousands of eBooks are available for you to read online or download for free through Albertson’s Library at Boise State University?

It’s true. You can access eBooks on your computer and some mobile devices, including iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. To learn how, browse to the EBL eBook instructions page at EBL eBook Instructions.

This website has directions for accessing EBL eBooks, reading them online, and downloading them to various devices. There are instructions in print and in video format to help you get started. You will be required to install software or an app to download eBooks for offline reading. You can keep a downloaded book for 1-10 days. After that, the eBook disappears and you will have to download it again. You can print a few pages of your eBook, but there are restrictions on how much you can print.

You might also want to check out the EDTECH Library Guide at EDTECH Library Guide. Click the eBooks and Streaming Media tab to find links to eBooks or eBook collections related to educational technology. You can access eBooks after logging in with your BroncoWeb user name and password.

Graduating in December? Let us know if you’re coming.

Commencement – 10:00 am, Friday, December 16, 2011

The EdTech Department invites students graduating in December to start thinking about coming to campus and walking in commencement exercises. Students who think they may be able to come to Boise should contact Dixie Conner.

Senior admissions advisor Jerry Foster will meet graduates at the name table and accompany them to reserved seats in the assembly area so EdTech students can sit and walk together.

The Winter Commencement will bring the university together for a traditional ceremony in the Taco Bell Arena to celebrate December graduates. The ceremony will include the processional and recessional of candidates as well as individual recognition of each person and hooding of the doctoral candidates. Wide screens are set up so family members can see the graduates “up close and personal” when their names are called and they receive their handshake and diploma cover from the dean or associate dean of the College of Education. Boise State will broadcast the ceremony live on the web for individuals who cannot attend in person.

A reception for graduates and their families will be held immediately following the ceremony in the Student Union Building. Each college will have a designated area where graduates and family members can meet faculty and staff after the ceremony to take photos and introduce them to faculty. Tickets are not needed to attend the ceremony, so graduates may invite as many guests as they wish. Small children may have difficulty with the length of the ceremony. For more information visit: Commencement Information

Meet our Graduate Assistants


Beom Kyu Choi


Before coming to BSU, BeomKyu was a grade 3-through-6 elementary school teacher in South Korea.

Now, as a doctoral student in curriculum and instruction with emphasis in educational technology, he is a research assistant for Dr. Young Baek in the department’s GameStudio. He recently submitted a grant proposal to the Institute of Education Science (IES) with EdTech faculty members Dazhi Yang, Yu-Chang Hsu, and Yu-Hui Ching. They are developing a social network game for science education.

BeomKyu has lived in Boise for only two months and is still finding everything interesting and exciting! This is the first time he has lived in another country. He highly recommends that all EdTech students visit Boise if they get a chance.

Lana Grover

Lana Grover holds a BFA in graphic arts and illustration from Brigham Young University. She has enjoyed her career as a graphic designer and creative director. In 2001, she began teaching illustration courses at BYU and a year later accepted a full-time position in visual arts at Brigham Young University-Idaho. Recognized for her innovative teaching, she was invited to spearhead the translation of an on-site foundational design course into the online learning environment. This enlightening experience of creating in a new educational medium became the direct springboard to her interest in the use of technology for powerful learning.

Lana is assisting Dr. Kerry Rice in course management, social network expansion, blended learning innovations, and in the creation and application of mobile learning tools.

In addition to her artist endeavors, Lana enjoys animals, swimming, cycling, being outdoors, and participating in triathlons.

Anthony R. Hetrick

Anthony is originally from northern Nevada where he was raised in a remote farming community. As he left home for college, he pursued a degree in Computer Science and then moved to Boise upon completing his degree where he worked in power systems engineering.

In 2006 Anthony decided to change from the corporate world and started working for a non-profit organization in Nampa, ID. There he developed educational software designed for the distribution of training materials in low or no bandwidth areas. One tool that they developed for this is called Poodle, or portable Moodle.

In 2008 Anthony married Janat, who is from Kazakstan and then in 2009 he decided to enroll the EdTech M.E.T program. Anthony and Janat decided to move to Kyrgyzstan in 2010 where Janat took a job at the American University of Central Asia.

Anthony is currently working as a graduate assistant researching the use of mobile technologies in developing nations. Following this, additional research can be conducted on how to use these technologies for educational purposes. As he looks to the future, he wants to pursue working with mobile technologies for the purpose of education.

Jie Huang

Jie started her doctoral program in curriculum & instruction this fall, and she works for Dr. Young Baek in the EdTech GameStudio. She got her master’s degree in educational technology and bachelor's degree of Computer Science in China. Jie has had the experience of being a Ph.D student and exchange student in Korea for two and half a years. She previously taught information technology in high school and computer science in vocational college in her hometown.

Her research interest is game-based learning, specifically game variables in students’ academic achievements. As a graduate assistant for Dr. Baek, she is providing assistance with course planning and is learning more about how to teach online courses. Not only that, she is conducting research in the game studio. Her main job is to manage the game studio website, which is still in development.

She really appreciates that the EdTech Department is providing her with such a great opportunity to study and work with others.

Christina Moore

Christina Moore Christina Moore is an Idaho native, through and through. Born and raised in Boise, she studied at the University of Idaho and received both a B.S. in biology and an M.S. in plant science. When she isn't working on EdTech coursework or teaching an online introductory biology course at the College of Western Idaho, she enjoys the Idaho outdoors with her family. She loves gardening, biking, camping, and fishing, as well as new interests in knitting, crocheting, quilting, and Dutch oven cooking.

Tanya Blakley Elected GSA President

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Tanya Blakley has been elected president of the EdTech Department’s Graduate Student association.

Treasurer and secretary---called techretary---went to sisters Susan Ferdon and Linda Deneher. Other officers include Kae Novak as Second Life Ambassador and Michaela Pacesova as mentoring coordinator.

Former president Tom Robb served two years in GSA leadership. His commendable vision, persistence, and collegiality made the then new GSA what it is today. The growth and effectiveness of the EdTech GSA, and its secure future, are directly related to the hard work of Tom Robb and other founding officers.

A number of positions are still open. Students interested in a specific role or just interested in how they might be involved, should contact Tanya Blakley Still open are officer positions for vice president, three coordinator positions, and member-at-large.

For more information about officer roles and responsibilities, please see or at the EDTECH GSA Moodle Site.


Dr. Youngkyun Baek and Boem Kyu Choi

Dr Youngkyun Baek and Beom Kyu Choi have published the research paper entitled "Exploring factors of media characteristic influencing flow in learning through virtual worlds. Computers & Education, 57(4), 2382-2394"



Web page Created for new Ed.D. Program

For the most up-to-date information about EdTech new doctoral program, visit EdTech Ed.D. Program.

Bronco License Plate Debuts Deep in the Heart of Texas

Boise State vanity plates have long been a source of pride for Bronco fans in Idaho, but they became available for Texas drivers on September 23.

My Plates, a company that sells vanity plates for the state of Texas, already sells personalized plates for all of the big state schools in Texas, but last week released new plates for 18 out-of-state schools, including Boise State.

The new Boise State plates feature the words “Boise State” and the same Bronco sports logo seen on the Idaho vanity plate.

To sweeten the pot, Texans who order their plates by Oct. 31 are qualified to win their purchase price back. The Boise State Alumni Association will select the most creative personalized message from all entries in the Drive With Pride Kick-off Contest.

To get Boise State plates in Texas, order them at or contact My Plates at (888) 769-7528. Idaho residents can get Boise State specialty plates at the Idaho Department of Motor Vehicles website or by calling 208-334-8000.

Click the links for more information

October 1, 2011

  • Off to Another Great Year
  • EdTech Chair Publishes Textbook
  • International Partnerships
  • Free eBooks Available
  • December Commencement
  • Meet our Graduate Assistants
  • Blakely Elected GSA President
  • Faculty Publications/News
  • Information You Can Use
  • Jobs, Mark your Calendars, Upcoming Conferences
  • Congratulations Summer Graduates

PA Certified Online Teachers Mercury Online Education

Adjunct Pool The University of Wisconsin-Stout

Director of Information Technology, PA Virtual Charter School-Norristown PA

Online Synchronous Math Teacher, Online teacher position Laurel Springs School, wholly owned by Nobel Learning Communities, Inc. (“NLCI”)

Instructional Career Opportunities Florida Virtual School

Instructional Designer Mohave Community College, Kingman, AZ

Online Elementary Teacher, AZ certified Connections Academy, AZ.

Virtual Secondary Science Teacher, Kansas certified Connections Academy, KS

Instructional Designer Teachscape, San Francisco, CA

Online Academic Coach, Teaching Assistant Instructional Connections, Inc - Cleveland/Akron, Ohio Area


3, 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.

10, Monday

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

14, Friday

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


4, 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).

21-27, Monday- Sunday

Thanksgiving Holiday (no classes - University offices closed November 24-25).

2011 AECT International Convention
November 8-12, 2011
Jacksonville, FL
2011 AECT International Convention

VSS Conference 2011
November 9-11
Indianapolis, IN
2011 VSS Conference

Congratulations Summer Graduates!

The EdTech faculty and staff are very proud of the department’s most recent graduates. Seventeen students met graduation requirements this summer and are eligible to walk in the December commencement exercises, if they wish. The department invites them to keep in contact. Advisors and faculty want to know how EdTech training and graduate degrees or certificates are helping alums achieve their goals.

  • Valora Hodges – MET
  • Kelly Schweda –MET
  • Lindsey White – MET
  • Luke Wiggs – MET & TI-GC
  • Joshua Worsham – MET
  • Kelsey Irish – GC-OT
  • Kathy Komatz – GC-OT
  • Barbara Mayer – GC-OT
  • John O’Neill – GC-OT
  • Raelynn Grant – MS
  • Eric Morris – STC-GC
  • James Alexander – TI-GC
  • Julie Channell – TI-GC
  • Carrie Morfoot – TI-GC
  • Glynda Pflieger – TI-GC
  • Patricia Smeyers – TI-GC
  • Trevor Takayama – TI-GC


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