Thursday, December 19, 2013

Dr. Jody Clarke-Midura to join ITLS faculty

The ITLS department is pleased to announce that Dr. Jody Clarke-Midura will be joining ITLS faculty in December 2014.

Jody received her Ed.D. in Learning and Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MA. She is currently a Research Scientist at the Education Arcade at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA.

Jody conducts research on new paradigms for assessment and educational game design. She will provide great depth and experience in an emerging and important area of research.

Lee featured by iPhone Life Magazine

The iPhone Life Magazine has hit the digital newsstands. The January - February issue, available in print since December 17th, 2013, includes a feature story called “Healthy New You” by Nina Benjamin, in which ITLS faculty, Dr. Victor Lee, was quoted regarding fitness technology.

iPhone Life has more than half a million readers in print and online.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Announcement of four-year fellowship

Utah State University's Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences (ITLS) department is pleased to announce the availability of a prestigious four-year doctoral fellowship for a new doctoral student interested in digital fabrication, the maker movement, and education. This involves technologies as diverse as 3-D printers, sewable circuitry, low cost microcontrollers, and robotics.
To read more about this fellowship, please go to ITLS web page on 4-year Doctoral Fellowship in Digital Fabrication & Learning .

Monday, November 18, 2013

ITLS alumnus new principal at Summit Elementary School

ITLS alumnus new principal at Summit Elementary School

HJ News featured ITLS alumnus on Friday, November 15, 2013. "After 15 years of teaching, Troy Pugmire is now the new principal at Summit Elementary School," says Herald Journal.
To read the full article on Troy, please follow this link.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

ITLS Department Recruiting

Members of the ITLS department participated in several fall recruiting events. Launa (ITLS program coordinator) attended the USU Grad Fair on the Logan campus. Sheri (ITLS faculty member) & Gisela (ITLS phD student) participated in the SACNAS Conference in San Antonio.
Sheri also attended the BYU-I Career & Grad Fair in Rexburg, ID.

ITLS application deadlines are approaching quickly, Jan 31st for PhD program & April 1st for master's programs. Spread the word!!!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Educational Technology magazine features two articles from ITLS dept

Educational Technology magazine features two articles from ITLS dept

Educational Technology magazine features two articles from our department in its November - December 2013 issue (Vol. 53, No. 6):

1. "CrowdTeaching: Supporting teacher collective intelligence communities", by Mimi M. Recker, Min Yuan, & Lei Ye (Link to a pdf)

2. "The quantified self (QS) movement and some emerging opportunities for the Educational Technology field", by Victor R. Lee

Dr. Martin guest edited JLS

Dr. Martin guest edited JLS

Dr. Taylor Martin guest edited a special issue of Journal of the Learning Sciences that just came out.

Learning Analytics and Computational Techniques for Detecting and Evaluating Patterns in Learning: An Introduction to the Special Issue Taylor Martin, Bruce Sherin  

Journal of the Learning Sciences, Vol. 22, Iss. 4, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Dr Fields' new book to be released October 15

Dr Fields' new book to be released October 15

Deborah Fields' new book, Connected Play: Tween Life in a Virtual World, will be released October 15. In Connected Play, Deborah Fields and co-author Yasmin Kafai investigate what happens when kids play in virtual worlds, how this matters for their offline lives, and what this means for the design of educational opportunities in digital worlds.

Play is fundamentally important for kids' development, but, Kafai and Fields argue, to understand play in virtual worlds, we need to connect concerns of development and culture with those of digital media and learning. Kafai and Fields do this through a detailed study of kids' play in Whyville, a massive, informal virtual world with educational content for tween players. Combining ethnographic accounts with analysis of logfile data, they present rich portraits and overviews of how kids learn to play in a digital domain, developing certain technological competencies; how kids learn to play well -- responsibly, respectfully, and safely; and how kids learn to play creatively, creating content that becomes a part of the virtual world itself.

From the foreword by Mizuko Ito, "This book by Kafai and Fields gently disarms and redirects these concerns towards a productive intergenerational dialog and positive agenda for educational research and design. The authors do this not by simply asserting their expertise or a moral imperative about children and technology, but through careful observation and representation of the agency, ingenuity, and social conscience of children themselves... It is this kind of meaningful and intentional connectivity that provides our best hope for making the online world a productive force for not just children, but for our collective and increasingly digitally mediated future."

Monday, October 7, 2013

Active Learning Lab featured in University News

Active Learning Lab featured in University News

Utah State Today featured ITLS Active Learning Lab on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013. "Researchers from Utah State University will evaluate math technology products being piloted by schools. It’s all part of a project for Utah’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Action Center."

To read the full story, go to USU Researchers Will Evaluate New Utah Math Technology Pilot page.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

New edited book by ITLS Emeritus Faculty, Dr. David Merrill

Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology, Fourth Edition.

J. Michael Spector, M. David Merrill, Jan Elen and M.J. Bishop, Editors.  Published by Springer, 2014.  ISBN 978-1-4614-3184-8.

Monday, September 16, 2013

NSF Grant for ITLS Faculty Brian Belland and Andy Walker

ITLS faculty Brian Belland and Andy Walker received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct a meta-analysis to determine the influence of scaffold characteristics, study and assessment instrument quality, and assessment type on cognitive outcomes in K-adult STEM education.

This project is important because currently there is a lack of comprehensive assessment of what works in scaffolding in STEM education. By synthesizing what is known about scaffolding in STEM education, this project can help researchers determine the most promising scaffolding strategies to integrate into STEM education.

The link to the funding notice is here:

New book by Professor David Merrill (Emeritus)

Professor David Merrill's book, First Principles of Instruction: Identifying and Designing Effective, Efficient, and Engaging Instruction (2012), is featured in USU's Library carousel of happenings at the library,  and also in the newly dedicated Collections room. It is also available for checkout. from the library.

To read the library entry on 2012 USU Faculty Author Spotlight, go to the Library Home Page.

ITLS Faculty on UPR

ITLS Faculty, Victor Lee and Taylor Martin, appeared on Utah Public Radio (UPR) this Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 at 9 am. Victor and Taylor were invited on a panel that discussed innovative methods of education in the classroom.

This radio series on this topic was triggered by the "State Senator Aaron Osmond’s proposal to end compulsory education in Utah" and the panelists provided their opinion on where they believe K-12 education is headed.

To hear a full version of this radio episode, please go to UPR page for Innovative Methods of Education on Tuesday's Access Utah or copy-paste the following link into your browser:

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

ITLS faculty featured in newspaper story on MOOCs

ITLS faculty, Mimi Recker and Andy Walker, have been featured in a newspaper story in the Herald Journal this August after a USU professor, Larry Walther, decided to teach a second USU course on MOOC (Massive Open Online Course).   
To read the whole story, please click on the following [link]. 
If the link is not working, please copy-paste the following URL into your browser:

Friday, July 26, 2013

Deborah Fields Has Been Awarded a New Grant

Deborah Fields, in partnership with Dr. Sara Grimes of the University of Toronto, has been awarded a new grant to study children's online do-it-yourself (DIY) activities, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. This three-year grant will explore children's DIY media production online, with several industry, academic and policy partners. The main goal of the grant is to learn more about the children's DIY media phenomenon: the frequency with which children engage in these activities, the features and functionality of the tools they use, how their content is shaped and moderated by companies who provide the tools, or the contents of the media they create. Accordingly, important questions remain when it comes to how to best manage, curate and regulate child-made media. Key objectives include identifying the types of support systems--regulatory, infrastructural, and technical--required to foster a rights-based, child-centric, inclusive approach to children's online DIY media production,which will in turn support children's learning, cultural participation and digital skill development.

Key partners include the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, Common Sense Media, Media Smarts, Alissa Antle of Simon Frasier University, Debbie Gordon of Centennial College, Zinc Roe, Untold Entertainment, Doodlecast, Storybird, and the Toronto International Film Festival.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Victor Lee Guest Edits Journal Special Issue

Dr. Victor Lee, Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences, guest edited a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal, Technology, Knowledge and Learning that was just published by Springer, a major academic publishing house. The theme of the special issue is "Bicycling and Computational Technology". The special issue contains new research articles from leading learning scientists and educational technology scholars and each article involves research related to how people learn and engage with new ideas using technology and bicycling.

On the theme of the special issue, Dr. Lee stated, "We went into this knowing it would definitely be an unconventional topic, but one that could be interesting and provocative. The decision to put this together was made about a year ago after I discovered  that there were people from leading institutions in very different locations who were each using bicycling as a context for designing and studying technology-enhanced learning. This particular journal, Technology, Knowledge and Learning, is about pushing the envelope with research on bold new technologies and how they can fundamentally change the ways we learn and know. The fact that bicycling is such a familiar activity and the fact that our engagement with bicycling is changing in pretty big ways because of technology made this an interesting topic to pursue and an interesting issue to prepare."
Topics covered in the special issue include the use of agent-based computer models as a tool for kids to learn about drafting and aerodynamics, kids learning to make sense of spatial data by recording and analyzing their GPS locations on bicycles, and a study of how adult athletes use and collect data about their own biking activities. The adult study was co-authored by Dr. Lee and ITLS PhD student Joel Drake.
The preparation of this journal special issue was made possible in part by Dr. Lee's NSF CAREER award, a multi-year project researching new ways to use data about physical activities to support learning. The special issue can be viewed on the SpringerLink website (

ITLS Department is hiring!

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University invites applicants for a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level to join the internationally recognized Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences (ITLS).

Come join our dynamic faculty in beautiful Logan, UT.

Please see more information:

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

ITLS New Student Orientation

The required orientation will be August 5-7 or 21-23, 2013 at USU Logan Campus. The orientation will allow students to get an overview of their program requirements, meet other students and interact with their faculty advisor. Most of your questions about the program and graduate studies will be addressed in the orientation sessions. We are excited to meet all of our new students at this year’s orientation!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Kimberly Davis' Interactive Quilt Featured on!

Kimberly Davis, a masters student in ITLS, recently completed an interactive quilt for her final project in Craft Technologies (ITLS 5285/6285). The quilt has several interactive elements. A fabric pressure sensor at the bottom twinkles lights on several fabric flowers. A switch on an angel causes her winks to light up. Blowing on a small sound sensor causes butterflies to light up and twinkle in random sequence. And touching stars on the top of the quilt allows one to play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" like keys on a keyboard (except they're shiny stars!). Kimberly wrote up detailed instructions on how to make the quilt.
By the next morning Kimberly's project had received nearly 700 views and was featured on the front page of, an online DIY (do-it-yourself) site where members post instructions on how to make everything from robots to food.  

Craft Technologies is a new course offered for the first time this spring by Dr. Deborah Fields where students explored emerging materials and techniques to make programmable, interactive textiles, garments, and video games. Each student posted instructions on how to create their final project (from twirling, twinkling skirts to interactive video games with novel controllers) on

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Lei Ye Successfully Defended Her Doctoral Dissertation

Lei Ye successfully defended her doctoral dissertation on April 24, 2013. Congratulations, Dr. Lei!


This study investigated the impact of a teacher technology tool (The Curriculum Customization Service), curriculum, and online resources on earth science teachers' attitudes, beliefs, and practices, as well as students' achievement and engagement with learning science at scale. Participants of this study were 73 teachers and over 2,000 9th grade students within five public school districts in western U.S. In examining the impact on teachers, pre and post changes on a survey were examined. Results suggest that the CCS tool appeared to significantly increase both teachers’ awareness of other earth science teachers’ practices and teachers’ frequency of using interactive resources in their lesson planning and classroom teaching. A standard multiple regression model was developed, and “District” and “Training condition” appeared to predict teachers’ attitudes, beliefs, and practices. Overall usage of the CCS tool tended to be low, and there were differences among school districts. In examining the impact on students, pre and post changes regarding both learning outcomes and students’ engagement with learning science were examined. Students showed improvements from the pre to post knowledge assessments. Nesting effect in the EDG knowledge learning was identified and addressed by fitting a 2-level Hierarchical Linear Model (HLM). In addition, significant school district differences were shown for student post knowledge assessment scores. For student engagement, students tended to be neutral or slightly disagree that learning science was important in terms of using science in daily life, stimulating their thinking, discovering science concepts, and satisfying their own curiosity. In addition, students did not appear to change their self-reported engagement level after the intervention. Additional three multiple regression models were developed. Factors from district, teacher, and student level were identified to predict student learning outcomes and their engagement with learning science. The implication, contributions, and limitation of this research are discussed.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

ITLS Student Featured in EEJ Ed Notes

ITLS student Nan Petersen featured in EEJ College of Education and Human Services blog story. Click here to see the detail:

ITLS Professor Feature: Taylor Martin

Taylor Martin, Instructional Technologies and Learning Sciences Professor, focuses her studies on big data and its use to improve students learning.

“It is a common belief that doing promotes learning in complex domains like mathematics and science, but there is little research that establishes the validity of this claim. I examine how people learn from doing, or active participation, both physical and social.”

Martin examines math games, how to model what kids are learning, and how to use it in an adaptive environment. The games are specifically tailored to individual kids using machine learning and data mining in the background to determine the best ways to tailor such games to the kids. Martin analyzes a series of math games on fractions from a large math homework site under a major publisher for begging math level classes at the college level. She then takes the products and learning back to the classroom.

Martin is also working with Edith Bowen, high schools in Jackson, Wyoming, and is looking for more schools to work with from 3rd grade to college level. For more information on Martin’s projects visit

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

April 18th Brown Bag: Dr. Cindy Hmelo-Silver's Presentation

Where: Edu Bldg 2nd Floor. Room 282
When: Thursday. 12 PM

 Dr. Hmelo-Silver will present the design and enactment of a technology-rich problem-centered middle school curriculum designed to support learning about ecosystems.

Systems and Cycles: Learning about Ecosystems in a Technology Rich Learning Environment 

In this presentation, Dr. Hmelo-Silver will present the design and enactment of a technology-rich problem-centered middle school curriculum designed to support learning about ecosystems. As part of a program of design-based research, she will present the work of the systems and cycles research team in examining learning trajectories, outcomes, and transfer. Pizza will be provided by the ITLS department.

About Dr. Cindy Hmelo-Silver

Dr. Cindy Hmelo-Silver is a professor in Educational Psychology at Rutgers University. She focuses on how people learn about complex phenomena and how technology can help support that learning. As part of this work, she studies problem-based learning, collaborative knowledge construction, and computer supported collaborative learning. She examines the role of technology to support social knowledge construction and collaborative learning and problem-solving. Her research investigates scaffolded support for problem-based learning, the use of video for learning, and complex systems understanding. Please contact us if you have any comments, questions or suggestions. Thank you.

ITSA President: Ryan Burdo
ITSA Doctoral Vice President: Gisela Martiz
ITSA Online Masters Vice President: Joe Limas
ITSA Masters Vice President: Tianyu Chen
ITSA Communications Officer: Hui Qiao
ITSA Faculty Adviser: Sheri Haderlie

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Craft Technologies Exhibit: Come See Our Collection of Projects

March 9, 2013
Organization Name: Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences
Contact Info: Deborah Fields 435-797-0571

Craft Technologies Exhibit: Come See Our Collection of Projects

Welcome to the World of Tangible, Computational Crafts Where Computers are Sewable and Circuits are Made With Conductive Thread LOGAN, Utah – Wednesday, April 24 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Ellen Eccles Education Building, Room 282, students will be showcasing their projects from this semester.

This is the very first semester of this course, and Assistant Professor Deborah Fields is excited to show off students’ work.

The exhibit will include interactive games, jackets that light up in response to touch, glass jars that play music, squeezable light-up stuffed animals, singing mushrooms, and much more.

Students have been designing a wide range of fun projects, from interactive quilts and twinkling tutus to pressure sensitive pet toys and NERF gun video games.

We have students from fashion design, communications, art, publicity, and instructional technologies & learning sciences. The diversity of expertise in the class has contributed to a lot of creative work,” said Fields.

The Craft Technologies course is part of a new movement to transform the landscape of technology education by changing the way we think of and use computers. It’s about crafting with digital technologies, using threads instead of wires, using cloth instead of metal. In other words, making hybrid creations that cross traditional domains of computing, engineering, art, and crafting. Students are using cutting edge technologies alongside more traditional crafts to explore the affordances of different conductive materials for interaction. Each student has designed several different projects, including human sensor garments, fabric pianos, and alternative video game controllers (picture a quilted Nintendo controller!).

The students have been amazing this year. Most came in with very little to no knowledge of how to make circuits or program computers, but by the end of the semester have made some very clever and creative products,” said Fields. Children are welcome.

Media Contact: Amanda Harris 214-909-7484

Friday, April 5, 2013

UPR's Story on Andy's MOOC Class

Utah Public Radio (upr) reported the News about the Massive Open Online Course at USU, ITLS 5245/6245, which is teaching by Dr. Andrew Walker, associate professor in the instructional technology and learning science department at USU.

Click here to see more detail:

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Brian Belland Will be Honored for a Book Published in 2012!

The Role of Criticism in Understanding Problem Solving: Honoring the Work of John C. Belland

In conjunction with the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, the Library is hosting the annual reception to honor authors of books published in 2012. Brian Belland from the ITLS department is one of the honorees. The reception will be in the Library on Wednesday, April 10th from 4-5 PM and Dr. Robert McPherson from the Department of History will be giving a brief book talk about his two recent works, Dinéji Na'nitin: Navajo Traditional Teachings and History and Navajo Tradition, Mormon Life: The Autobiography and Teachings of Jim Dandy. All 34 publications will also be on display at this time.

If you are able to attend, the Office of Research and Graduate Studies has asked that you complete an official RSVP so that they will have a good idea about the number to expect.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Victor Lee Receives Prestigous National Award

Dr. Victor Lee, Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences, has been awarded the 2013 Jan Hawkins award for early career contributions to humanistic research and scholarship in learning technologies from AERA. This prestigious award is given to one or two young scholars nationally each year whose body of work combines practice and advocacy. Award recipients are recognized for conducting research that explores and demonstrates powerful new ways to think about technologies in contexts of learning and education, and uses innovative research methods to understand the impact of those technologies. Their work also places young people and/or practicing educators at the center of the problem-solving process, strikes an effective balance between innovation -- inventing new approaches to K-12 learning with technologies -- and understanding -- examining existing educational environments and changes that occur when technologies are introduced. Awardees are also recognized for using technology to bring about broad improvements in educational systems with a focus on issues of diversity, equity, and learning for all. The award recognizes the late Dr. Jan Hawkins, a renowned developmental psychologist with a cognitive, cultural, and social-interactionist orientation who was especially well known for her respectful, humanistic conceptions of appropriate roles for using technology in K-12 learning environments.

Previous awardees come from leading peer institutions such as Stanford University, University of Michigan, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and they have all have established themselves as leaders in the Learning Sciences. Dr. Lee is the first recipient from any institution in the Rocky Mountain region and the first ever from Utah State University. His current research involves designing and researching the use of physical activity data technologies, such as accelerometers, heart rate monitors, high speed cameras, as tools for young students to engage in data analysis. Dr. Lee has previously been a recipient of an National Science Foundation CAREER award, the most prestigious award given by the foundation for early career scholars who integrate excellence in both research and teaching.

As part of this award, Dr. Lee will be giving an invited address at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Philadelphia.

More information about Dr. Jan Hawkins and the award can be found at

April 4th Brown Bag: Deliberate Practice to Develop Meaningful Skills on the Job

April 4th Brown Bag: Deliberate Practice to Develop Meaningful Skills on the Job
Where: Edu Bldg 2nd Floor. Room 282
When: Thursday, April 4th 12 PM
Who: Mark McKenna

About the Presentation

How does an employee who stocks shelves in a grocery store develop the skills he will need to eventually be the store manager of his own grocery store through his current job tasks? This presentation will focus on a method for deliberately practicing skills at work. Mark will share how he implemented this with 8 employees who developed higher-order skills through entry level job tasks. He will also share how he implemented principles of adult learning into his methodology in a way that increased employee engagement and performance. This presentation is based on the creative project that Mark completed as part of his Masters program.

Nominations are open for ITSA positions

We are now taking nominations for ITSA President and ITSA Vice President for the doctoral cohort and will continue to take them until the 11th of April. You are welcome nominate yourself or another individual who you believe would serve the office well. Any current ITLS student may serve as the President and any doctoral student can serve as the Doctoral Vice President.

Please send your nominations or any questions you have about the positions to Ryan at Elections for Masters Vice President and Communications Officer will be held at the beginning of the Fall semester. Please contact us if you have any comments, questions or suggestions. Thank you.

ITSA President: Ryan Burdo
ITSA Doctoral Vice President: Gisela Martiz
ITSA Online Masters Vice President: Joe Limas
ITSA Masters Vice President: Tianyu Chen
ITSA Communications Officer: Hui Qiao
ITSA Faculty Adviser: Sheri Haderlie

Friday, March 29, 2013

Graduation & Closing Social

The ITLS department will be hosting an end of year celebration on May 3rd prior to the graduate hooding ceremony. This is for all ITLS students, graduating students, faculty, and their families. The department will provide a light lunch.  

When: Friday May 3rd
Time: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Location: EDUC 282
Congratulations, Graduating ITLS students!

ASI Adopts AGILE Development Processes

Richard Netzley, Chief Operations Officer at Autonomous Solutions Inc ( and ITLS alum, recently gave a presentation to a group of masters and doctoral students in ITLS.

ASI's blog reported on the visit:

Thursday, March 28, 2013

CWG Lecture Series: Deborah Fields RSVP NEEDED

The first 32 people who RSVP get to make a light-up bracelet!

Next Tuesday, April 2 at 6:00 pm in Library 154, Dr. Deborah Fields, Assistant Professor in the Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences Department, will present Return to Textiles: Computing Rejoins Crafts, A Look at Women in Computing and Computational Crafts.  R.S.V.P to reserve your materials.  Please post the attached flyer and send to anyone who may be interested.
A new trend is emerging in as computing rejoins textile crafts in hobbyist designs. Most people do not realize that computers had their origins in the textile industry and that women like Ada Lovelace played a strong role in developing programming. In this workshop Dr. Deborah A. Fields (ITLS) will give a brief introduction to some of this history with highlights of current innovations in electronic textiles and implications for education, art, and industry. 
Then participants will be invited to make their own light-up bracelet with conductive thread, felt, and LEDs. Supplies are provided for 32 participants. Students from the newly designed Craft Technologies course (ITLS 5285/6285) will be present to show some of their recent designs and to help with construction (Click to see the flyer).

Saturday, March 23, 2013

ITLS's Mimi Recker Named USU's 2013 Graduate Mentor of the Year

Utah State University’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies announced that Mimi Recker, department head and professor of instructional technology and learning sciences, has been named the 2013 Graduate Mentor of the Year.
Read the whole article here:

Friday, March 22, 2013

A Guest Speaker: Dr. Patti Lather

ITLS is pleased to announce that we are having a guest speaker on Wednesday, March 27 at 12 noon. The presentation will only be through Adobe Connect. Here are the details: Wednesday March 27 at 12:00 p.m. Dr. Patti Lather will speak in Adobe Connect for approximately 30 minutes about validity in qualitative research.

Connect using this link:

All you should need is a browser and an internet connection to connect, although certain browsers may require you to install a program to run locally on your computer. At the link, just click "enter as guest."

Dr. Lather is a Professor of Cultural Foundations, Technology, and Qualitative Inquiry at The Ohio State University: She has won several awards for qualitative research, and also teaches qualitative research methods, so I am sure it will be an exciting and very informative presentation!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March 21st Brown Bag: Human Performance

Where: Edu Bldg 2nd Floor. Room 282
When: Thursday, March 21st 12 PM
Who: Joel Gardner

Joel Gardner

Dr. Joel Gardner is a scholar and educator in the field of instructional technology and design. He currently serves as the Program Chair of the Instructional Design and Performance Technology Master’s Degree at Franklin University. He began his career as a corporate trainer for a large financial services organization. Realizing his interest in effective training and instructional design, he pursued an MS and PhD in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences at Utah State University. He has also worked as an Instructional Designer at Utah State in the Faculty Assistance Center for Teaching and as an Instructional Design Faculty Member in the College of Arts, Sciences, & Technology at Franklin University.
As a scholar, Dr. Gardner has published several peer-reviewed articles on the effective use of instructional strategies and educational technology in a variety of educational settings. He has taught both online and face-to-face at the graduate level at several institutions of higher education.

About the Presentation

In the field of instructional design, we focus on improving learning. And while this is important in all organizations, often learning is not the solution to an organization's problems and needs. This becomes a problem, because the reaction to teach and train may have little or no influence on improving performance. In this presentation, Dr. Gardner will introduce several Human Performance Improvement models and describe how these models can be used to improve human performance. Dr. Gardner will describe the relationship between the human performance improvement approach and instructional design and will provide some examples of how these models can be used.

Monday, March 18, 2013

ITSA Activities - Spring 2013

Upcoming Brown Bags:
Thursdays - noon - 1pm - Educ 282
• Mar. 21 - Joel Gardner - "Human Performance Technology and Instructional Design"
• Apr. 4 - Mark McKenna and Thad Stott & Tianyu Chen - Creative Projects
• Apr. 18 - Cindy Hmelo-Silver - Professor in Educational Psychology at Rutgers University

Social Event:
• Apr. 5 (Friday) - Reunion for ITLS Students, Alumni, and Faculty. 4pm to 6pm. Educ 282. Spread the word!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Allen Communication Learning Services Inc. will visit for this Thursday's Brown Bag

Where: Education Building 2nd Floor. Room 282
When: Thursday, March 7th 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Who: Anne Sargsyan and Breanne Grover

We will have the Director of Instructional Design, Anna Sargsyan, and the Design Manager, Breanne Grover, from Allen Communication Learning Services, Inc. joining us on Thursday, March 7th. They will be reviewing the corporate application of Instructional Design and discussing possible career opportunities.

Allen Communication Learning Services Inc. is a top training company that develops the newest learning technology to assist clients in delivering and managing their learning. Allen Communication also provides custom training courses and assess current training courses in a variety of industries. Visit to learn more about the company.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Organization Name: Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences
Contact Info: Andy Walker 435-797-2614
MOOCs Receive Full Support From USU President
The ITLS Department Creates the first USU MOOC Class
LOGAN, Utah – Andy Walker, associate professor of Instructional Technology and Learning Science (ITLS), is teaching Utah State University’s first Massively Open Online Course (MOOC).
ITLS 5245/6245, Interactive Multimedia Production, is an online course that currently has 500 students enrolled from all around the world. The class is free and is not credit based.
MOOCs present a unique challenge because it is hard to provide appropriate feedback to so many learners.
As Walker describes, “Many MOOCs either provide automated feedback through quizzes or treat the class as a correspondence course with minimal feedback from the professor.”
Walker’s approach is to use problem-based learning. Rather than lecture and assess, he presents students with real life problems, gives them appropriate resources to solve them and then asks them to reflect on their own work as well as evaluate the efforts of fellow learners.
“If they meet the design criteria for an assignment, it will be because they learned something critical about Flash,” says Walker.
For Walker, there are several reasons to teach this class as a MOOC. In part, it is about increasing the visibility of USU and the ITLS department. It is also a means for refining and improving his teaching for USU students, but ultimately it is about the research. 
Walker has received a grant from USU to support research on future versions of the MOOC. His goal is to collect data about what students do in the class, what resources they use, and what factors impact learner satisfaction, retention, and learning.
“I’ll be exploring ways to find struggling students early on, keep them interested in the class, and help them discover solutions to challenging and complex problems,” says Walker. 
Andy Walker conducts research in technology teacher professional development, recommender systems, problem-based learning, and meta-analysis. His bachelor's degree is in English but he is a self-taught and self-professed geek, doing development in several different languages and environments from Adobe Flash to php.
Media Contact:         Amanda Harris

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


The following ITLS members will be presenting at the upcoming meeting of the American Education Research Association ( in San Francisco, May 2013.

Congrats to all!

Aghababyan, Ani
Armbrust, Sara
Belland, Brian R.
Cook, Brant
Chen, Tianyu
Drake, Joel
Fields, Deborah A.
Gu, Jiangyue
Kim, Nam Ju
Kim, Yanghee
Lee, Victor R.
Lei, Ye
Martiz, Gisela
Merrill, M. David David
Olsen, Jeffrey
Olsen, Megan Whitney
Parlin, Mary Ann
Qiao, Hui
Recker, Mimi M.
Sellers, Linda
Shelton, Brett E.
Walker, Andrew
Ye, Lei
Yuan, Min

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Join Richard Netzley as a Guest Speaker in the Design and Development Studio Class

Our alumnus Richard Netzley from Autonomous Solutions will talk about AGILE Process in Practice in the Design/Development Studio class on Thursday Feb 28, 10:30-11:30am. This presentation will be open to anybody interested. AGILE is the most broadly used software engineering process.

If you are not familiar with it, please refer to Hope to see everyone there!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Representing ITLS at UCUR

We want to give a big thanks to Ryan, Zhiying, Gisela, Tianyu, Amanda, Nam Ju, and Joe for representing ITLS at Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR)!

Also thanks to all the undergrads who stopped by the ITLS booth.

Friday, February 22, 2013

CEHS Recent Graduate Award: Shauna Karren

Shauna Karren was selected as the 2012-13 Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, Recent Graduate Award of the Year.  She will be recognized at college awards presentation and reception scheduled for Thursday, April 4, 2013, 3:30 p.m., at the Edith Bowen Laboratory School, Auditorium.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Undergraduate Assistants to Present at Conference

Two undergraduate research assistants - Sara Armbrust and Brant Cook - are presenting a poster titled "Computer-based scaffolding and middle school students' science learning" at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in April 2013.

In the poster, Armbrust and Cook will present case studies of 2 small groups of middle school students engaged in a problem-based learning unit centered on water quality. These two excellent students are being supervised by ITLS professor Brian Belland. These students are being supported by the National Science Foundation with funding provided through the Research Experience for Undergraduates program.

Utah Educational Library Media's Association Team Collaboration of the Year Award

Amy Hall, MEd (Summer, 2010) and SLMA Program graduate of ITLS won the Utah Educational Library Media's Association (UELMA) Team Collaboration of the year award this year. Amy is the School Librarian at Orion Jr. High School in the Weber School District. 

This award recognizes Teacher and School Librarian collaborations which benefit student learning. 
Amy has been successfully collaborating with English teacher Amber Hodges and together they are getting those Titans excited about reading.

Monday, February 18, 2013

CEHS Legacy of USU Award

Jaron Nelson, ITLS alum, was selected as the 2012-13 Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, USU Legacy Award. He will be recognized at our college awards presentation and reception scheduled for Thursday, April 4, 2013, 3:30 p.m., at the Edith Bowen Laboratory School, Auditorium. 
Congratulations Jaron!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

CEHS Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year

Gisela Martiz was selected as the 2012-13 Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year.  She will be recognized at college awards presentation and reception scheduled for Thursday, April 4, 2013, 3:30 p.m., at the Edith Bowen Laboratory School, Auditorium.

Congrats Gisela!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

View of a MOOC

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services Public Relations Representative did a blog post: A online interview about MOOC with Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences Associate Professor Andrew Walker.

"At first, MOOCs, or massive online open courses, sounded like higher education's latest double-edged sword: A way for anybody to learn university-level skills for free. (One New York Times headline from a year ago: Instruction for Masses Knocks Down Campus Walls.) 

But the concept isn't very scary for universities--or even all that new, according to Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences Associate Professor Andrew Walker. In February, he began teaching Utah State University's first MOOC. It is two things: an open, online class and a future research project (Link)."

Monday, February 4, 2013

Kids online: Social media sites can help develop identity, study says

"A new study that seeks to understand how new, kid-focused online venues effect adolescence says that social media forums can promote forms of social and identity development. Those skills, the study says, can help encourage civic involvement later in life (Link)."

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Personal and Professional Growth Scholarship for Spring 2013

The Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences is pleased to announce that the following students were awarded scholarships for the Spring 2013 semester:
Nannette Peterson, a second year M. Ed. student
Karen Kinnison, a second year M. Ed. student

Each were awarded the Personal and Professional Growth Scholarship, which is intended to recognize ITLS students who evidence outstanding integration of program experiences into their personal and professional lives. The Personal and Professional Growth Scholarship is made possible by generous donations by many benefactors.