Dr. William Sugar of the College of Education’s Mathematics, Science and Instructional Technology Education Department has recently finished his latest book, “Studies of ID Practices: A Review and Synthesis of Research of ID Current Practices.”
This book provides a comprehensive analysis of cutting edge research studies on contemporary instructional design practices. Written for instructional designers, instructional technologists and researchers in the field, it provides state of the art, practically focused information and guidelines for designing curriculum and professional ID practice. The overall purpose of this book is to provide a comprehensive review of 102 studies of instructional design (ID) practices. Studies of ID practices are research on instructional designers’ current practices and activities. For over thirty years, individual researchers have evaluated the practices of ID professionals and instructional designers and ID students (e.g., Kerr, 1983; Zemke, 1985). This summary and analysis of existing research in these studies of ID practices directly impact the Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) discipline. Congratulations, Dr. Sugar!
Congratulations to Suzanne Keil! Suzanne, an Instructional Technology student, for her publication in the current issue of the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration. Her article, “Distance Education Policy Standards: A Review of Current Regional and National Accrediting Organizations in the United States” is an interesting compilation of the current movement in distance education in our country and how accreditation processes affect both policy and process. Suzanne was assisted by her mentor and professor, Dr. Abbie Brown.
From June 22nd through July 19th, the Center for STEM Education hosted the 2014 class of Summer Ventures in Science & Mathematics. This year was the 30th year the program has been held. Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics is a cost-free, state-funded program for academically talented North Carolina residents who have demonstrated interest in science and mathematics and aspire to a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). We housed fifty-five of the top rising high school juniors and seniors from across North Carolina. The students were housed in Jones Hall, where they participated in various student-life activities, such as attending the Student Recreation Center, games, arts & crafts, water sports at the North Rec Complex and a talent show, just to name a few. Academically, the students participated in courses and conducted research in STEM fields, facilitated by our ECU faculty in the areas of DNA Fingerprinting, Engineering, Data Driven Decision Making, Physics, and Archeology. One cohort of students attended courses and conducted their research at the Brody School of Medicine for the duration of the program. The research component of Summer Ventures is critical to the success of the program, as well as to the success of the students upon returning to their high school. Working alone or with a partner, they carried out hands-on research on their topic for approximately two weeks. The students prepared a paper that was the culminating product of the research. They then gave an oral presentation of their research paper on the final day of Summer Ventures to their fellow students, staff and parents and friends. Presentations were judged by an outside panel of experts and the top presentations were the Catalyst Award winners. For more information on this exceptional program please visit the following web site: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/smventures/Index.cfm
Congratulations to Dr. Patricia J. Slagter van Tryon who has earned a promotion from an Assistant Professor to an Associate Professor in the College of Education’s Department of Math, Science, & Instructional Technology Education. Patricia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Science Education from Temple University, her Master of Arts degree in Environmental Science Education from Arcadia University, and her Doctorate of Education in Educational Technology (concentration in instructional design and development) from Lehigh University. Patricia holds three Pennsylvania Instructional II Teaching Certificates, K-12 Environmental Science, Earth and Space Science and General (Life) Science and has 12 years of successful teaching experience as a public school middle grades teacher of science for the North Penn School District, Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Patricia completed both the Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy program and the Faculty Language Development Program here at East Carolin to support her research and teaching for the university. Her research interests include social cognition in online and blended learning environments, schema revision in mediated communication, and the design and development of university/community partnerships in education to promote economic prosperity in rural communities. Patricia’s research examines ways to enhance social connectedness in learning environments from the perspective of social cognition theory. Patricia’s research is published in such refereed journals as the Quarterly Review of Distance Education, Distance Education, and TechTrends. In addition Patricia has made many national presentations of her work.
Dr. William Sugar has published an article in the current issue of Tech Trends. The article, Development and formative evaluation of multi-media case studies for Instructional Design and Technology students describes the development of three case studies that included a combination of mulit-media production and instructional design skills within a particular setting. These case studies incorporated real-life incidents from 47 professional instructional designers.
Congratulations to Brooke Kott, an ECU Math Education student who has been awarded with the prestigious USA Scholar Athelete-of-the-Year distinction. This award is given based on academic achievement (GPA), athletic achievement and service. Read more in the article dated June 10th in the Daily Reflector. Way to go, Brooke!
In the session, “Heat, Light and Sound, Oh My”, 4th and 5th grade boys use tuning forks to create sound waves that can be seen, heard, and felt! Andrew Hung (age 11, pictured above) says that, “High pitched sound waves are really loud and travel super fast!”
Claire (age 7) and Sophie (age 6) are building a draw bridge at Lego Explorers during ECU Summer Science Camp. Students also hook their creations up to batteries so that they move all by themselves!
Honors students in high school are anxious to take as many Advanced Placement courses as their schools offer so teachers go to school in the summer preparing to teach these courses. ECU hosts a College Board endorsed Advanced Placement Summer Institute. Each session is 4-days long and is taught by a certified College Board consultant. This summer, during the week of June 23-26, courses are being taught in
- AP Biology
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Chemistry
- AP Environmental Science
- AP Physics 1 &2
- AP Statistics
Classes have begun and teachers are involved in many hands-on activities around campus.
AP Chemistry teachers are working hard at their lab stations to determine the equilibrium constants for a various chemical reactions here at South Central High School, this year’s hosting site for College Board’s Advanced Placement conference. Teachers will perform these same
labs later on with their AP chemistry students.
Robert Lukhard (pictured above, age 13) holds a specimen used for DNA extraction here at ECU’s Summer Science Camp. Students were conducting Criminal Science Investigation experiments in this morning sessions. Real-world science applications = high interest = student engagement = happy campers at ECU’s Summer Science Camp!