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.
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!
It was a wonderful weekend to celebrate with our MSITE Spring 2014 Graduates! Dr. Ganter joined faculty, students and guests for breakfast on Saturday before the ceremony in the Flanagan building.
Eunice Hoefling enjoyed breakfast with family and friends as she joined our 2014 graduating class. Eunice teaches Radiography at Fayetteville Technical Community College. She plans to use her MS degree in Instructional Technology to develop and enhance the hybrid and distance education courses she will use teach to her X-Ray Tech students.
Dr. Adu-Gyamfi and Dr. Grady are pictured with purple-gowned Zack Credle and Joseph Otellio. Zack plans to teach math at Southwest Edgecombe High School after graduation and Joseph plans to math teach at Gray’s Creek High School in Cumberland County, NC.
Congratulations MSITE Graduates! Welcome to the Class of 2014…
UNC Board of Governors member and ECU alumnus Bob Rippy presented the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest teaching award given by the board, to Dr. Abbie Brown.
Abbie Brown sported the wearable technology Google Glass while accepting the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Brown, a professor of instructional technology in the College of Education, accepted the award wearing Google glass, a wearable computer with an optical display. He explained that Google glass users are called “glass explorers” and he sees himself in that term.
An online-only instructor, Brown teaches graduate-level courses to current or aspiring educators aiming to improve their ability to teach and create instructional materials. “This means I have to model the best teaching practices for a sophisticated and critical group,” he said.
“And since my courses are delivered entirely online I have to find ways to effectively deliver content,” he said. At the same time, he must “create a social environment that encourages community development and professional networking” and in a setting that is “new and different for most of them.”
Translation? He’s an explorer.
“I spend my work day learning about things and figuring the best ways to share what I’ve learned. I study the discoveries made by explorers past and present, and I share my own discoveries with fellow explorers present and future,” Brown said.
Read more about Brown’s approach to teaching at http://www.ecu.edu/news/abbiebrown.cfm.
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CHAPEL HILL — The Board of Governors of the 17-campus University North Carolina has selected some of the University’s most outstanding faculty to receive its 2014 Awards for Excellence in Teaching. The 17 recipients, representing an array of academic disciplines, were nominated by special committees on their home campuses and selected by the Board of Governors Committee on Personnel and Tenure.
Each award winner will receive a commemorative bronze medallion and a $12,500 cash prize. All awards will be presented by a Board of Governors member during each campus’ spring graduation ceremonies.
Winners include Professor Timothy J. Huelsman, Department of Psychology, Appalachian State University; Dr. Abbie Brown, Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education, East Carolina University; Associate Professor Eyualem B. Abebe, Department of Natural Science, Elizabeth City State University; Associate Professor Lori A. Guevara, Department of Criminal Justice, Fayetteville State University; Associate Professor Angela K. Miles, Department of Management, School of Business and Economics, NC Agricultural and Technical State University; and Associate Professor Jim C. Harper, II, Department of History, NC Central University.
Dr. Brown is professor of instructional technology in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Instructional Technology Education in the College of Education at East Carolina University. He is a nationally recognized, widely published expert in instructional design, media production, and teaching with technology. During his eight years at East Carolina, Dr. Brown has been a leader in the development of an online graduate program; he has also mentored faculty across the University in their development of online instruction.
Dr. Brown believes that online instruction can be as rich if not richer than face-to-face instruction. He says, “With forethought, careful planning, and creative use of innovative technologies, one can develop learning environments that empower students by helping them gain mastery of content, as well as providing [them]a rich, satisfying social experience and access to a larger world.” He models the very best instruction to the teachers and technology professionals in his classes, developing their content knowledge, skills, and confidence to be lifelong learners. He structures his student-centered classes so he becomes the “guide on the side” rather than the “sage on the stage.”
Dr. Brown, says his dean, brings a “powerful blend of innovation, dedication, and passion to his teaching. He has distinguished himself as one of our most effective teachers and scholars. He is professional, talented, and dedicated. His passion and creative approach encourage his students to embrace both new technologies and design excellence. His commitment to his discipline is also evidenced by his substantial publishing record.”
Dr. Brown believes it is his obligation to “model best teaching practices,” and his students praise his courses as interactive, engaging and reflective. “[He] is an enthusiastic and well-organized instructor . . . [who] gives excellent and fast feedback and shows a genuine concern for each of his students. He values and encourages student input, and his love for teaching shows.”
Students respond to the sense of community Dr. Brown creates. One said, “Distance learning can be a very isolating experience but Dr. Brown requires students to engage with each other throughout the course as if we were all in one room together. This allows us not only to learn from the course materials but also to learn from each other.” His colleagues agree with his students. One wrote: “Dr. Brown models exemplary design, organization, instructional delivery, and interaction within the online environment. Transforming a course traditionally taught face-to-face to Blackboard requires the instructor to do more than move existing course content to the online environment. It requires a different mindset. The instructor must rethink what it means to teach and learn online. Dr. Brown’s [course] provides faculty with one model of the best of online teaching and learning.” Another colleague wrote, “He is a rare, great teacher. He has helped steer the current culture of online teaching on our campus and in our nation.”
Dr. Brown earned the BA in Communication and Theater Arts from Temple University, the MA in Languages, Literatures, & Social Studies: Teaching of English from Columbia University, and the MS and PhD in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University. His teaching experiences as an elementary and middle grades teacher provided a rich background for his preparation of teachers and technology specialists at his previous institutions and East Carolina University.
Other winners are Professor George R. Hess, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, NC State University; Professor Dwight B. Mullen, Department of Political Science, UNC Asheville; Professor Christian Iliadis, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UNC-Chapel Hill; Professor Kimberly Kreisler Buch, Department of Psychology, UNC Charlotte; Professor Bruce K. Kirchoff, Department of Biology, UNC Greensboro; Professor Weston F. Cook, Jr., Department of History, UNC Pembroke; Professor Patricia H. Kelley, Department of Geography and Geology, UNC Wilmington; Associate Professor Tadeu Coelho, School of Music, UNC School of the Arts; Professor Annette Debo, Department of English; Western Carolina University; Associate Professor Leslee H. Shepard, Division of Nursing, Winston-Salem State University; and Jonathan R. Bennett, Instructor of Physics, NC School of Science and Mathematics.
Award citations and photos for all 17 award recipients can be found on the University of North Carolina website.
The oldest public university in the nation, the University of North Carolina enrolls more than 222,000 Students and encompasses all 16 of North Carolina’s public institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees, as well as the NC School of Science and Mathematics, the nation’s first public residential high school for gifted students. UNC campuses support a broad array of distinguished liberal-arts programs, two medical schools and one teaching hospital, two law schools, a veterinary school, a school of pharmacy, 11 nursing programs, 15 schools of education, three schools of engineering and a specialized school for performing artists. The UNC Center for Public Television, with its 11-station statewide broadcast network, is also under the University umbrella.
On February 21, 2014 the Department of Engineering and the Center for STEM Education hosted approximately 300 high school students from counties in our service area, known as High School STEM Day. These students attended various interactive STEM activities throughout the day, led by faculty from various STEM departments, such as Construction Management, Physics, Biology, Engineering, and MSITE, just to name a few. Ron Preston led a very well received session on Mathematics Education. Click for more information: High School STEM Day
Congratulations to Dr. Abbie Brown, East Carolina University’s recipient of the 2014 Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching. Every year one faculty member from each of the 17 University of North Carolina institutions are selected for this prestigious award. According to Peter D. Hans, Chairman, UNC Board of Governors, Dr. Brown has been chosen to “receive the University’s highest honor for superior teaching!” During the 2014 Spring graduation ceremony, we will raise our hands and our voices to congratulate Dr. Brown on this accomplishment.
Rob Moore has been selected for a fellowship award from Western Carolina University. Rob is a 2013 graduate of the Masters of Science in Instructional Technology program at ECU. He currently works as an instructional designer with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Government. He has worked at UNC since 2004 and joined the School’s Instructional Support team in September 2010. In his current position, he collaborates with faculty on integrating innovative technology to support their work in face-to-face, blended, and online instructional environments. Rob has been instrumental in developing and supporting social media initiatives at the School of Government, including helping to draft the School’s social media policy. Rob is currently applying for PhD programs with the ultimate goal of being the director of a distance education center at a higher education institution. Congratulations, Rob!
Krista Bond, a 4th/5th grade looping teacher and MAEd student in Instructional Technology was awarded $3000 by the North Carolina Technology in Education Society to implement learning with IPods in her classroom. Ms. Bond writes, “The students will use iPod Touch devices as a method of hands-on instruction that will increase student engagement, provide real world application, and boost inquiry-based learning opportunities. The students will refine their 21st century skills as they use iPod touch devices to build content area skills through tutorials, videos, and iTunes U. The students will also create products through the use of Web 2.0 applications and corresponding apps.” We are excited about this opportunity for Ms. Bond to apply what she is learning in her coursework at ECU directly into her classroom where she is engaging students in the learning process through powerful uses of technology. Congratulations Krista, we look forward to hearing more about the results of this promising project!
Recent MSITE graduate student, Rob Moore, publishes a case study that he wrote about the webinar series delivered at the School of Government, UNC Chapel Hill. It went live on November 4, 2013. Rob Moore is an instructional designer with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Government. He received his M.S. in Instructional Technology from ECU in May, 2013.
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