Thursday, February 28, 2013

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 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
                                  214-909-7484

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

ITLS at AERA!

The following ITLS members will be presenting at the upcoming meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA.net) 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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agile_project_management. 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.

Congratulations!

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)."