Dr. Jennifer B. Williams (Associate Professor, Special Education) and Dr. Chan Evans (Associate Professor, Special Education) participated in the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) conference in Savannah, GA on March 25, 2016. Their presentations highlighted teaching and assessment elements that are integral to East Carolina University’s special education undergraduate online program: edTPA Assessment in Distance Education – Implementation, Results, and Lessons Learned in a Special Education Program; and Distance Education Program Use of Multiple Means of Assessment – Embedding Technology Components throughout a Special Education Program. The edTPA presentation was part of a Best Practices round table discussion with teacher trainers and practitioners from Canada and Southeastern USA. Proceedings will be published later this year in LearnTechLib, the Learning & Technology Library.
The Counselor Education Program is happy to add Ashley Cannan to the team! Mrs. Cannan is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of North Carolina and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor with the Association for Play Therapy. Ashley received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Samford University in Birmingham, AL and a Master of Arts in Community Counseling, with a specialization in Play Therapy, from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. Since 2001, Ashley has worked with children, adolescents and their families across a variety of settings including non-profit agencies, an inpatient residential treatment facility, a local management entity for mental health services and private practice. In her former practice in Atlanta, GA, Ashley specialized in seeing children ages 3 through 10 for a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, grief/loss and emotional regulation difficulty. Since moving from Atlanta in 2013, Ashley and her family have enjoyed the change of pace Greenville offers. She’s excited about joining ECU’s Counselor Education. Welcome aboard, Ashley!
Ashley Cannan, LPC, RPT-S, NCC
East Carolina University
The 2016 Latham Clinical Teachers’ and Mary Lois Staton Reading/Language Arts joint conference was held on March 15, 2016 at the Hilton Hotel in Greenville, NC.
The theme of the event was “Myth Busting: Why it’s A Great Time to Be in Education.” Dr. Brian Housand, Associate Professor in the Elementary Education and Middle Grades Education Department in the College of Education was the featured Keynote Speaker for the 2016 conference.
Sixteen engaging sessions on a variety of topics gave more than 200 conference participants a chance to learn about new concepts and strategies to use during classroom instruction. The conference is designed and provided to support Latham Clinical Teachers’ professional development and is one of the ways the College of Education gives back to teachers and schools in the Latham Clinical Schools Network which is comprised of 564 schools within 41 counties throughout Eastern NC.
Drs. William Sugar and Ken Luterbach recently published the following article, Using critical incidents of instructional design and multimedia production activities to investigate instructional designers’ current practices and roles, in Educational Technology Research and Development. The full citation is below.
Using Flanagan’s (1954) Critical Incident Technique, this study analyzed 106 effective, ineffective and extraordinary instructional design and multimedia production activities discussed by 36 instructional design professionals. This evaluation provided insights into these professionals’ best and not so best practices during the past six months. Prevalent themes emerged from the data analysis with regards to these activities. Six themes emerged from the effective incidents, namely: (a) creating instructional products, (b) providing examples, (c) differentiating instruction, (d) establishing social presence, (e) providing resources, and (f) collaborating with stakeholders. Four themes emerged from the extraordinary incidents, namely: (a) matching methods and media to content and learners, (b) providing organized content, (c) managing a complex ID project, and (d) using theory to inform practice. Six themes emerged from the ineffective incidents, namely: (a) not matching methods and media to content and learners, (b) not supporting student interaction (c) selecting inadequate instructional strategies, (d) not using ID processes, (e) not collaborating with stakeholders, and (f) coping with inadequate technical infrastructure. Results from this study offer an understanding on the interrelationship between instructional design and multimedia production activities and positive (both effective and extraordinary) outcomes in instructional design activities. A comparison of existing instructional design success factors and best practices studies and this study’s results also takes place. Future research directions espouse the value of analyzing little known phenomena in instructional design-related activities and further explore negative or ineffective instructional design practices.
Sugar, W. & Luterbach, K. J. (2016). Using critical incidents of instructional design and multimedia production activities to investigate instructional designers’ current practices and roles. Educational Technology Research and Development, 64(2), 285-312.
Mathematics teachers from K-12 and university settings gathered Saturday, 19 March 2016, on the campus of East Carolina University for the Eastern Region Conference of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM). As the host institution, ECU was very well represented by university faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and alumni.
The conference keynote address was delivered by Fran Arbaugh of Penn State University. The concluding keynote, given by Kitty Rutherford, was an update from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. In between, there were 34 breakout sessions, given over breakout periods. Program chair for the conference was Katie Schwartz. Other ECU mathematics education faculty presided, presented, provided breakfast or lunch, or supervised Gamma Chapter members (mathematics education student organization).
ECU student involvement included undergraduates who co-presented and 19 presentations by graduate students from the leadership classes – these sessions involved 35 presenters, most of whom are in the graduate HS Cohort. Two more sessions were done by graduate students who are part of the Lenoir Mathematics-Science Partnership (MSP) grant.
The conference, which included breakfast, lunch, and some very nice give-aways (particularly mathematics education books), was provided to the 135 participants at no charge by NCCTM, the Lenoir MSP, and faculty donations. Each participant received 0.5 continuing education unit.
Pictured above: BS Mathematics Education students (clockwise from far left) Megan Taylor, Carson Gombatz, Sarah Marsh, and Kaylin Carlton look for an assessment app on their phone during one conference breakout session.
By Jessica Nottingham
East Carolina University’s College of Education is under new leadership and on a crusade for excellence.
Dr. Grant Hayes, who has been dean and distinguished professor in the College of Education since August, opened his first faculty and staff meeting asking tough questions: “What does the ECU College of Education want to be known for?” and “what can students get here that they cannot get elsewhere?”
To help the college answer these questions, department chairs are charged with working with faculty to increase the impact, performance and visibility of their work.
“Grant is resourceful and prepared,” said Dr. Art Rouse, chair of the Department of Educational Leadership. “From the time he interviewed and then came to ECU as dean, he could see that the college has major impact on the region, but it was not being told or seen by our various stakeholders.”
Before his appointment at ECU, Hayes served as interim dean of the College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida, where he held numerous leadership positions. His experience as a professor of counselor education, music teacher and administrator spans more than 27 years. He earned his doctoral, master’s and educational specialist degrees from the University of South Carolina, and his bachelor’s degree in music education from Limestone College.
To read the full article, please click on the following link:
Measuring Impact: College of Education embarks on three-year assessment plan
Jennifer Mabe, a teacher at Pitt County Schools Early College, was recently named WITN Teacher of the Week. Mabe graduated from East Carolina University in 2004 with a B.A. in Communication/ Public Relations. She received her B.S. in Secondary Math Education from ECU in 2010.
Please follow the link to learn more about Jennifer.
ECU’s College of Education will be hosting the first EdcampECU on Saturday, April 23, on the ECU main campus. EdcampECU is an “unconference” designed to provide FREE participant-driven professional development for P-12 educators with a focus on educational technology. Teachers, specialists, administrators and district personnel that are ready to share, collaborate and learn about educational technology are encouraged to attend. Participants can have an active role at edcamp by proposing a session topic, voting on proposed topics, choosing what sessions to attend and how they want to participate in each session (sharing ideas in a session or facilitating a session). Each session will have a collaborative Google Doc for educators to share their discussion, link resources and learn from others. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on-site to allow attendees to continuously participate in throughout the event. Register for Edcamp ECU today at bit.ly/edcampecu. For more information contact COE Instructional Technology Consultants, Holly Fales (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jason Whited (email@example.com) in the Office of Assessment, Accreditation and Data Management.
Three graduate students in Reading Education and several Reading Education faculty from the Department of Literacy Studies, English Education and History Education represented ECU at the North Carolina Reading Association Conference from Sunday, March 13 to Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Students Faison Powers, Alexa Shanklin, and Amanda Tomlin participated in the Graduate Student Research poster sessions where each student presented her action research. Miss Powers project title was “I Read It, You Should Read It Too!” Increasing Students’ Motivation to Read Through Book Talks, Book Choice, and Book Recommendations.” Miss Shanklin’s project title was “The Impact of Letter Writing on Students’ Attitudes Toward Writing and Writing Abilities.” Miss Tomlin’s project title was “A Study of Fourth Grade Students’ Focus and Engagement during Independent Reading After Participating in Physically Active Brain Breaks.” All three students will be graduating in May and are working to finish their portfolios.
READ faculty members were there in support and enjoyed witnessing their students be representatives of the university and the MAEd in Reading Education program. Dr. Johna Faulconer, Associate Chair of Department of Literacy Studies, English Education and History Education and Reading Area Coordinator shared, “We are so proud of Reading Education students and appreciative of our faculty and alumni who encourage our students to achieve to their highest potential. At the conference our current students and our former students were standouts!”
The College of Education’s Graduate Studies Office offers a comprehensive list of Summer 2016 and Fall 2016 courses available as electives to other colleges and majors. This listing is available at: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/graduate/upload/COE_Graduate_Electives_2016.pdf
Multiple degree programs outside the College of Education have linked their graduate students with these courses. As offerings become more well-advertised across campus and through virtual venues, enrollment numbers in these courses continue to grow. For example, after the Fall 2015 course listings were shared via email with all ECU Graduate Directors, Dr. Hamid Fonooni, graduate faculty member in the Department of Technology Systems (College of Engineering and Technology), reached out to inquire further about the benefit of Adult Education courses for their students. Dr. Fonooni shared that the COE elective option information was quite helpful. He further offered, “I think this is great opportunity for our students and our programs to collaborate.”
University-wide sharing of COE course electives available to other majors and colleges takes place twice yearly. Dr. Terry Atkinson, COE Graduate Studies Liaison, coordinates with all six departments in the College of Education to compile and distribute this information on a regular basis. For questions regarding these graduate electives or other COE Graduate Studies questions, please contact Dr. Atkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.