Category Archives: Instructional Technology Education

Trends and Issues

Dr. Abbie Brown Continues to Collect Awards: His Latest, “Immersive Learning Award “

Abbie Brown, a Professor in the College of Education’s Instructional Technology program, is a recipient of an Immersive Learning Award for his podcast series, Trends & Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology,& Learning Sciences.  The award is sponsored by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), and recognizes media production projects that contribute to the field of instructional technology and demonstrate significant increase in learning. The podcast is co-produced by Professor Brown and Professor Tim Green of California State University, Fullerton.

Using the app Flipboard to collect articles related to instructional technology from a wide variety of education, science, and design sources, Brown and Green publish, Trends & Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, & Learning Science
( http://flip.it/Iy0rD ). To synthesize the instructional technology trends and major issues reflected by the articles presented in their Flipboard magazine, Brown and Green produce a bi-weekly podcast, Trends & Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, & Learning Sciences, available through iTunes, the audio-content site, Stitcher (http://www.stitcher.com ), and their own podcast website,   http://trendsandissues.com .

Brown says, “I’m gratified that the podcast series is popular. My colleague, Tim and I are a bit in awe of its reach. The Flipboard magazine has over 12,500 readers, and the podcasts have been downloaded to every continent except Antarctica.”

Shane Carden

Instructional Technology Student Named AAC Player of the Week

Shane Carden, a MS Instructional Technology student, was named the AAC player of the week for his performance on the football field this week. According to the news release from ECU, Carden completed 30 of 48 passes for 438 yards and four touchdowns while adding a pair of ground scores, which accounted for six of the Pirates’ 10 scores.  Carden is not new to winning awards.  Other recent awards include:

  • American Athletic Conference Player-of-the-Week
  • Athlon Sports American Offensive Player-of-the-Week (second-time in 2014)
  • College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) honorable mention
  • College Sports Madness American Player-of-the-week
  • Manning Award Stars-of-the-Week (second-time in 2014)

Soon he will have an MS degree in Instructional Technology to add to his list of achievements.

Congratulations, Shane.

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IT Student Publishes in Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration

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.

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Dr. Sugar Goes to Press Again With Book, “Studies of ID 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!

SummerVentures

Summer Ventures 2014 Served 55 Top Students

 

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.cfmSVSM 2014 Fun[10] SVSM 2014 Arch[11] SVSM 2014 Arch 2[14]

Onslow-Cohort

Onslow IT Cohort–a Very Successful Partnership

MSITE is indebted to Onslow County Director of Digital Learning & Technology Services, Ross Friebel. Ross, along with 10 to 12 of the county’s Digital Learning specialists attended an EDTC 6992 seminar for MAEd Instructional Technology interns. In addition to Onslow County, the fall 2014 cohort includes teachers from Duplin and Craven Counties. The interns were provided guidance in development of their internship proposal as well as mentoring in the design of staff development for their individual schools. Following the presentation by ECU Associate Professor Carol A Brown, interns formed cluster groups with a mentor (with 077 licensure)  already working as a Digital Learning Specialist for the county. Earlier in the summer, the interns had an opportunity to talk with the cohort coordinator, Dr. Patricia Slagter van Tryon in the design and development of the digital portfolio required for the Master of Education in Instructional Technology. Feedback at the conclusion of the seminar was very positive as teachers from a variety of content areas and grade levels are represented in the cohort. As you can see, interns were highly engaged during the cluster group discussions.

Onslow Cohort Video

(Please click the link to watch the short video; wait a few seconds for it to load.)

 

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Dr. Patricia J. Slagter van Tryon Receives Promotion

Congratulations to Patricia J. Slagter van Tryon who has earned a promotion from an Assistant Professor to  an Associate Professor at East Carolina University in the 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.

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Dr. Sugar Publishes Study in Tech Trends

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.

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Science Summer Camp Smiles and Moving Legos

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!”

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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!