Boise State University EDTech


Sean Ellenberger Memorial Scholarship

Sean Ellenberger Memorial Scholarship applications are due Friday, Sept. 4. Complete information is available on the Ed Tech web site at

The scholarship, which pays tuition for a graduate certificate or three separate courses, is available to Ed Tech master's students who have completed four or more courses with a 3.5 or higher GPA. Applicants must have career experience or goals of working with atrisk youth.

Department chair Lisa Dawley said Ellenberger was "extremely proud of his accomplishments, and had dreams of continuing his efforts to support at-risk learners and pursuing doctoral studies. It was such a pleasure to meet Sean in person at graduation and see his enthusiasm and pride."

Ellenberger graduated in May of 2008. Several weeks after graduation, he was robbed and killed while helping install a new radio in a friend's car.

"The department established the scholarship in Sean's honor in the hope that we could encourage the continuation of his dream, and support another enthusiastic, dedicated educator in the Master's program to achieve his or her goals," Dawley said.

New Deadline Set
New Deadlines set for Master's of Science in Educational Technology Program, and the new EdD in Curriculum and Instruction with EdTech emphasis program.

Application Deadlines

  1. February 15 for summer semester
  2. April 15 for fall semester
  3. September 15 for spring semester

Admissions to the MSET and EdD programs are selective, limited, and done three times per year.

Win an Ed Tech flash drive

We all know that online education is growing rapidly-even in sparsely populated Idaho more than 14,000 K-12 students are studying online this year. But how many K-12 students are studying online nationally? The first student to email the correct answer with supporting documentation will win a one gig flash drive with the Ed Tech logo on it. Send responses to

New-Student Orientation

For those of you who were unable to attend today's orientation, you can view the recording here

The orientation provides an opportunity for students to learn about latest updates in the Ed Tech program, meet faculty and staff, and ask questions. Orientation is intended to help students create a successful learning experience.

Boise State recognized by U.S. News and World Report

US News America's Best Collages

Boise State University was ranked among the nation's and West's "top up-and coming schools" in U.S. News and World Report's annual "America's Best Colleges" issue.

Released August 21, the magazine ranked Boise State No. 3 in the western division of its "Keep an Eye on These Schools" list for master's degree institutions. In all, just 77 colleges and universities that have recently made "striking improvements or innovations" made the list.

Colleges and universities included in the rankings were recognized for making "the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus or facilities," the magazine said. Rankings were based on the responses of experts who answered the magazine's annual peer assessment survey.

"This newest distinction based on academic quality confirms our progress as a university of choice for talented students," said Boise State President Bob Kustra.


Dr. Chareen Snelson

IGI Global has featured Dr. Chareen Snelson's new book chapter in their August newsletter. Snelson, C. (2009). Web-based video for e-Learning: Tapping into the YouTube phenomenon. In H. Yang and S. Yuen (Eds.), Collective Intelligence and e-Learning 2.0: Implications of Web-Based Communities and Networking. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Dr. Ross A. Perkins

Dr. Ross A. Perkins, assistant professor, has had an article published in the Summer 09 edition (Vol. 118) of New Directions for Teaching and Learning, a journal of Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

The special issue of NDTL focuses on the internationalization of the curriculum in higher education. Perkins' article, "Context-orientated instructional design for course transformation," (p.85-94) reflects on the process of redesigning distance education courses created in the U.S. for use by a partnering institution in Malawi, Africa.

Lisa Dawley, Ph.D

Lisa Dawley, Ph.D., was interviewd for this article in Education Week.



Dr.Constance J. Wyzard

Dr. Constance J. Wyzard

Professor & Associate Chair

Dr. Connie Wyzard (Pollard) begins her 14th year at Boise State with a new job.

Wyzard, the longest-tenured professor in Ed Tech, is now associate chair in charge of hiring, training, and managing adjunct instructors and approving student applications. In addition to these and other new duties, she still advises as many students as ever and still teaches, though not quite as much.

Wyzard taught junior and senior high school English and Reading for nine years &em; including six years in Canada - before earning her doctorate at the University of Nebraska in 1990. She taught at the universities of Wyoming and Idaho before coming to Boise State in 1993.

Wyzard is a methods teacher who likes technology. It is always changing and that what makes it exciting to teach, she says.


Congratulations to Idaho for ranking #3 in the country for Online Learning Policy and Practice

"In 2008, the Center for Digital Education conducted a review of state policy and programs to determine the status of online learning policy and practice across the United States. This report is underwritten by Blackboard and Pearson Education and produced with the advice and consultation of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL). The Center for Digital Education (CDE) interviewed state education officials across the nation to evaluate the overall landscape of online learning..." Read More


Click the Read More links for more information

September 1, 2009

  • Department Information: Sean Ellenberger Memorial Scholarship; Boise State Recognized by U.S. News and World Report
  • Faculty Publications: Dr. Chareen Snelson; Dr. Ross A. Perkins; Lisa Dawley, Ph.D.
  • Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Constance J. Wyzard
  • Announcements: Online Learning Policy and Practice Ranking


1, Monday
Labor Day holiday (no classes - University offices closed).

8, Monday
Last day to waive student health insurance.

8, Monday
Last day to register; add classes; add dissertation, thesis, or project credit; add graduate independent study or directed research; change from credit to audit or audit to credit; and last day to drop classes without a W and receive a refund (less $25 processing fee) for Regular session classes. Pell Grant eligibility determined by number of credits registered on this date. For other session deadlines, see Deadlines by Session table.

19, Friday
Last day to file application with department for final master's or doctoral written exam.


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