Boise State University EDTech


Welcome to Fall 2010!

Lisa DawleyGreetings from Dr. Lisa Dawley, Dept. Chair

Greetings, and welcome to the fall 2010 semester at Boise State University! Our department faculty and staff begin the year with a huge amount of enthusiasm and expertise, and we are ready to support a high-quality learning and networking experience for all our students. You'll get a sense of "change is in the air" in EdTech, and we're so pleased you are a part of that process.

This year, our president and university are focusing on innovation and creativity as key themes in campus-wide initiatives. The Dept. of Educational Technology recently received great kudos from our president, Dr. Bob Kustra, for exemplifying innovation and new models of evolving higher education programs. Professional organizations such as Edutopia are also giving us great acknowledgment, as you'll see further below. Some of our recent changes and upcoming initiatives include:

  • Four new expert full-time faculty, including Dr. Young Baek, a distinguished faculty member from S. Korea who will be establishing GameStudio, and offering four innovative new courses in educational game and mobile learning design and integration
  • Kellie Branson is our new manager who is establishing an Office of Student Outreach Services, designed to support all students' needs, from admission to graduation to employment
  • New research initiatives, including software development for educational quest tracking; mobile learning games that interact with real life to address issues of global warming, hunger, and poverty; and research in STEM and the geo-sciences, to name a few.
  • A new, fully online Ed.D. in Education with an emphasis in Educational Technology is at the State Board of Education for approval. While we could still be months away from approval, we are making progress, and you'll be the first to be notified when this pending degree is approved and available for enrollment.
  • Approved and pending partnership agreements with major professional organizations such as AECT, iNACOL, and ISTE that will provide our students no-cost memberships and opportunities for networking and professional development.
  • A new department website that will rock your socks, scheduled for release in Oct.

If you are a current student or alumni, I'd like to encourage you to jump in, stay in touch, and get involved when possible. Our Graduate Student Association (GSA) is a great starting point for connecting with leadership opportunities.

Stayed tuned for next month's newsletter, and again, welcome to another exciting semester in EDTECH!

Warm regards, Lisa

Lisa Dawley

New Faculty and Manager of Student Outreach Services


Youngkyun Baek, Professor

Young earned a Ph.D. in education from Georgia State University in 1988. His research interests are on educational games, simulation, and mobile devices in education. He is co-author of the book entitled “Digital Simulations for Improving Education: Learning Through Artificial Teaching Environments” by IGI Global. Also, he authored the book, “Gaming for Classroom-Based Learning: Digital Role Playing as a Motivator of Study”. He developed the Virtual English Adventure in Second Life recently. Before joining BSU, he had taught at Korea National University of Education. Young will be joining us full-time in January 2011.


Yu Hui Ching, Visiting Assistant Professor

Yu-Hui Ching earned her PhD in Instructional Systems from the Pennsylvania State University. She also holds a Masters Degree of Education in TESOL from SUNY at Buffalo and a Bachelor Degree of Business Administrative in Management Information Systems from National Central University in Taiwan. Her research interests include ill-structured problem solving, Web 2.0 technologies for teaching and learning, and computer-supported collaborative learning. She has authored several journal articles and has presented her research findings in more than a dozen national and international conferences in the field. At her free time, she enjoys traveling and hiking.

Yu-Chang Hsu, Assistant Professor

Yu-Chang Hsu earned his PhD in Instructional Systems from the Pennsylvania State University. He also holds two degrees of EdM in TESOL and Education and Technology from SUNY at Buffalo, and a BA in English from National Taiwan Normal University in Taiwan. His research interests include learning and instruction innovation through emerging technologies, cognitive and metacognitive processes of integrating multiple external representations in STEM fields, and information and new media literacy. He has authored several refereed journal articles and has presented research findings in several national and international conferences in the field. When not working, he enjoys playing tennis, hiking, birdwatching, and visiting national parks.

Selected 2010 Publications

  • Hsu, Y. -C. & Ching, Y. -H. (accepted). Learning statistics with cognitive and metacognitive strategies facilitating multiple external representations integration in a web-based environment. The proceedings of Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Annual International Convention, Anaheim, California, October 27-30, 2010.
  • Ching, Y. -H., & Hsu, Y. -C. (accepted). Blogging in higher education: Issues, challenges, and design considerations. The proceedings of Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Annual International Convention, Anaheim, California. October 27-30, 2010.

Dazhi Yang, Assistant Professor

Dazhi Yang

Dazhi Yang earned both her Ph.D. and master’s degrees in Educational Technology from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. She also holds a graduate certificate in Applied Statistics from the Department of Statistics at Purdue. She has a bachelor of arts in English Education from China. Her research interests include repairing and preventing student misconceptions of science and engineering concepts, conceptual changes, and computer-assisted learning and instruction. She has a wide range of conference presentations and publications. She was the 2009 Young Researcher Award Recipient from the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Special Interesting Group, Instructional Technology. She was a postdoctoral researcher and instructional designer in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University prior to coming to Boise State University.

Kellie Branson, Manager of Student Outreach Services

Kellie Branson Kellie Branson M.Ed. is the new manager of Student Outreach Services in Educational Technology. She has an extensive background in enrollment management and higher education marketing. She worked for the Selland College at BSU for many years and transitioned with it to CWI where she worked on the initial recruiting and marketing campaigns for the new community college. She has also worked as a consultant/speaker for many years specializing in "Power of A Positive Workplace" "Rebounding Resilience" and "Employee Performance Power". She is the co-author of a book on families and depression which was endorsed by Mike Wallace correspondent, 60 Minutes. You can contact Kellie at Kellie Branson or 208/426-4036


BOISE STATE NEWS RELEASE / August 12, 2010 Online at: Recent Headlines


EDTECH’S Leadership in Online Learning noted by Luscas Educational Foundation web site

The significant contributions to online learning by Boise State’s Department of EducationTechnology (EDTECH) are being prominently featured on Edutopia the Web site of the George Lucas Educational Foundation. Edutopia and the foundation promote innovative learning and provide leading-edge interactive tools and resources.

“This is really big news for us,” said Lisa Dawley, EDTECH’s chair. “To be reported on by Edutopia is very high-profile recognition of how Boise State is making the promise of online learning a reality.”

EDTECH, a department of the College of Education, is a leader in research and innovations in online teaching and learning. The department’s faculty model, promote, manage, and evaluate digital-age teaching and learning resources for kindergarten through higher education.

For example, this summer EDTECH presented a groundbreaking course that showed educators how to create and deliver courses using mobile devices such as smartphones

EDTECH’s efforts are featured in Edutopia’s online series, “Schools That Work.” The series looks at what succeeds in schools. It also examines how principals and teachers, parents andstudents, and schools and districts collaborate to change the futures of their young people.

The series’ reports include:

Media Contact: Mike Journee, University Communications, (208) 426-1517. Mike Journee


GSA News

by Thomas Robb, President
GSA Logo

We've made some changes to the EDTECH GSA portal this summer. Take a look when you have some time to the changes made recently.

Also, we are starting to plan for Fall semester and have started some new committees as follows:

Virtual Worlds Graduate Symposium Committee
While not sponsored by VWBPE ( which is an once year event), but definitely inspired by it, a group of grad students who worked at VWBPE on the planning committees would like to develop a VW Graduate Student Symposium. Saturday October 23 and Sunday October 24 have been chosen for the dates. They are looking for five graduate student associations to sponsor it. Please take a look and see if we would like to be involved individually or as a group. Our involvement (if we as an association would be involved) is something for us to discuss over the summer. If you are interested, please go to the EDTECH GSA portal on Moodle and look underneath Committees to participate in discussions.

Alumni Association Committee
We are starting discussions for the how the EDTECH GSA can support our alumni. To participate in discussions, go to the EDTECH GSA Portal and look underneath Committees for the Alumni Association. Let's discuss. So we can have something to propose at the beginning of the fall semester.

Online Journal, Showcase Committee, and Project Sharing Database
Please go to The Showcase Committee in the EDTECH GSA Portal underneath "Committees" and take a look at the sample Online Journal Concept Paper. This is a starting off point for us to discuss the Online Journal during the summer. Based on discussions in Spring, we have updated the Project Sharing Database to allow users to submit papers or articles to the Showcase Committee for peer review.

Joining the EDTECH Graduate Student Association

To become a member, simply join the course on Moodle. The enrollment key can be obtained by emailing the Techretary, Jennifer Donatelli, To learn more about joining, please watch our animoto video at GSA Video

Don't want to join, but want to know what is going on? Join our group Facebook page at GSA on FaceBook



Dr. Barbara Schroeder & Chris Haskel

Get started for another semester by reading a recent interview with Dr. Barbara Schroeder and Chris Haskell conducted by the Family Center on Technology and Disability:

July 2010 - Preservice Teacher Technology Training: Digital Inequality Is the New Digital Divide(PDF download)

The assumption that technology will be effectively brought into the classroom with the arrival of newly minted teachers who have come of age in the digital era – the so-called “millennials” – may be an erroneous one. The ability, and preference, to communicate in PDA text-speak is not the same as the ability to identify and use appropriate technology tools in education. This month the Family Center on Technology and Disability is pleased to bring you the insights of Boise State University professors Barbara Schroeder and Chris Haskell, who are on the front line of this important issue, as they teach “edtech” to a new generation of education students.

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From Sara Seeley- EdTech Librarian- Albertsons Library

New Database

Thanks for completing the collection survey late last spring. In response to the suggestions we received, the library purchased an institutional subscription to Ed/IIItLib Digital Library for Information Technology and Education, now available to all BSU students, faculty and staff.

Online Library Workshop for EdTech Students

I will be hosting an open workshop for EdTech students to provide an introduction to library research on September 15th at 5pm MST. I'll send more information and a reminder as the date approaches - please encourage your students to attend. Here's a link to the library's fall workshops for graduate students, now including some online workshops Workshops

EdTech Library Guide

EdTech Library Guide I maintain this guide as a portal to EdTech library resources. I'm available to consult with all of our students. I'm here to help! Have a great semester.


From Paul Castelin

New Student Quick Start Reference Guide

New students are sometimes overwhelmed with information and don’t know the requirements of their programs. If you are a new student, please go to the following document to become familiar with helpful resources. Find out where to get answers to most of your questions.New Student Quick Start Reference Guide



From Dr. Chareen Snelson

New Edition of EdTech ePortfolio Video

Every few months it becomes necessary to update the video presentation for the portfolio. This newest edition includes more information about how to prepare before EDTECH 592 Portfolio. Students entering this class should have adequate advance preparation by collecting their work, documenting their experiences, and journaling from the beginning of their studies.

The new version of the video presentation and handout is linked from the Culminating Activities page of the Edtech website: ePortfolio Video

If you have embedded the video from Screencast (old version) please replace that with the new video on YouTube ePortfolio_CSnelson


Examples of ePortfolios created by previous M.E.T. students may be found on this page. Student ePortfolios


Click the links for more information

September 1, 2010

  • Welcome to Fall 2010 Semester
  • New Faculty and Manager of Student Outreach Services
  • EdTech's Leadership Noted by
  • GSA News
  • Faculty News/Publications
  • Information You Can Use
  • Jobs, Mark your Calendars, Upcoming Conferences
  • Congratulations Summer 10 Graduates
  • Welcome New Students, Fall 2010
Part-time Online Instructors, Honors classes, grades 6-12, Gifted Learning Links Northwestern University

Online Principal Kaplan Virtual Education, Oregon

Videographer Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Support Supervisor Virtual Virginia, Norfolk, VA Sherby Wilks Or mail cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to WHRO, Attn: Sherby Wilks, HR Director, 5200 Hamton Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23508

Curriculum Writer Zulama Tom Barber

KVE Data Analyst for Institutional Effectiveness

Kaplan Virtual Education Schools


3, Friday

Last day to waive Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) using BroncoWeb.

3, Friday

Last day to register, add classes, change from credit to audit or audit to credit, and last day to drop classes without a W and receive a refund (less $40 processing fee) for Regular session classes.

3, Friday

Pell Grant eligibility determined by number of credits a student is enrolled in on this date.

3, Friday

Last day to add graduate dissertation, thesis or project credit.

3, Friday

Last day to submit Idaho Residency Determination Worksheet with documentation to Registrar’s Office to declare Idaho residency for Fall 2010 consideration.

6, Monday

Labor Day Holiday (no classes - University offices closed).

17, Friday

Last day to file application with department for final master’s or doctoral written exam.


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.

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

    Congratulations Summer
    2010 Graduates!

  • Elizabeth Akosah MET
  • William Anderson MET
  • Richard Bartolowits MET
  • Bradley Beheler MET
  • Christine Billingsley MET
  • Shannon Doak MET
  • Christopher Frey MET
  • Joan Goldenstein MET
  • Jennifer Holmes MET
  • Dean Kowalski MET
  • Stacy Leitner MS
  • Leslie Lott MET
  • Michael Macbeth MET
  • Elizabeth McKnight MET
  • Eric Morris MET
  • Alicia Mueller MET
  • Lori Pender MET
  • Melody Rose MET
  • Michael Spock MET
  • Christopher Tilley MET
  • Jennifer Uriarte MET
  • CSteven Alsup MS
  • Tommy Conklin Jr MHP
  • Amy Douglas MS
  • Patricia Finley MA
  • Calvin Gillis MHS
  • Ashlee Harlow MS
  • Gwen Hernandez MHS
  • Carol James MA
  • Michelle Johnson MA
  • Christine Morgan MS
  • Lani Sosnowski MHS
  • Katherine Zuckerman MA

    Welcome New Students Summer 2010!

  • Sherin Abdel-aal
  • Adam Aquanno
  • Steven Albrecht
  • Ramona Aubert
  • David Auwerda
  • Stanley Beach
  • Barbara Beyke
  • James Bohn
  • Sheila Bolduc-Simpson
  • Mary Burtun
  • Brandon Carper
  • Virginia Cronin
  • Mark Dale
  • Susan Davis
  • Liz Dean
  • Diana Delgado
  • Barry Duff
  • Lindsey Foster
  • Samuel Gedeborg
  • David Grindstaff
  • Lindy Hagedorn
  • Dan Hardeback
  • Julie Hawks
  • Erica Hensz
  • Carly Hill
  • Robert Hollenbeck
  • Rochelle Hunt
  • Kelsey Irish
  • Haidee Jackson
  • Shams Kadre
  • Matthew Klaber
  • Alison Koen
  • Karl Labadorf
  • Angi Lewis
  • Denice Liley
  • Chris Mason
  • Kelly Rogers
  • Ashley Leneway
  • Barbara Mayer
  • Lea Mathieu
  • Renee McChesney
  • Helen Miller
  • Johnnie Murphy
  • Leif Nelson
  • Amritha Udupi Bhat
  • Cody Peacock
  • Drew Perkowski
  • Amy Pollington
  • Brian Querry
  • Sheila Reed
  • Jared Rego
  • Francis "Rodney" Roberson
  • Tara Rowland
  • James Russell
  • Stephen Sisson
  • Shannon Skelcher
  • Anthony Slata
  • Patricia Smeyers
  • Brian Smith
  • Tiffany Sowa
  • Amy Stewart-Mailhiot
  • Christina Stevenson
  • Levi Straight
  • Susan Tolivar
  • Brandi Turnupseed
  • Danielle Tymitz
  • Jessica Washington
  • Kelly Watson
  • Jessica Webb
  • Karl Werner
  • Travis Wickesberg
  • JoAnn Wood
  • Jonathan Wood

    Welcome New Students
    Fall 2010!

  • James Alexander
  • Kevin Bragg
  • Timothy Brisbin
  • Douglas Bushong
  • Nathaniel Carney
  • Jennifer Carpenter
  • Julie Channell
  • Carrie Christenson
  • Lisa Cmunt
  • Favio Cominotti
  • Craig Dean
  • Mike DiFelice
  • Kim Dinsmore
  • Joshua Doyon
  • Daniel Eddings
  • Rob Elliott
  • Dick Elsbree
  • Kristin Ewing
  • Ryan Foster
  • Joseph Fox
  • Casey Gavin
  • Katie Grahlfs
  • Michael Gravenmier
  • Lana Grover
  • Kathlyn Grubb
  • Alex Holtry
  • Annie Jeffery
  • Norma Jordan
  • Daniel Kirkbride
  • Michael Koskinen
  • Kirkland Lawrence
  • Matthew Levell
  • Angi Lewis
  • Tracy Lloyd
  • Matthew Long
  • Wendy Loumeau
  • Kyle Manfree
  • Earl McGillen
  • Kevin McManamon
  • Craig Miller
  • Brian Mitchell
  • Benjamin Moore
  • Christina Moore
  • Carrie Morfoot
  • Brian O'Neill
  • Trudy Pachon
  • Nicki Parkin
  • Paul Pichurski
  • Sarah Ramsburg
  • LaWanda Robertson
  • Diane Romulus
  • Jonathan Russo
  • Dawn Sevart
  • Shannon Skelcher
  • Jessica Smith
  • Tim Tanner
  • Jeff Skelcher
  • Erik Tvedten
  • Chioma Umunakwe
  • Michael Walker
  • Brian Wetzel
  • Tanya Williams
  • Joycelyn Wortham
  • Jennifer Zollinger


Go Broncos!

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