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.