Friday, December 19, 2014

Kristin Searle to join ITLS faculty August 2015!

The ITLS department is pleased to announce that Kristin Searle will be joining ITLS faculty as an assistant professor in August 2015. 

Kristin Searle is currently completing her degree at the University of Pennsylvania (a dual doctorate in the Graduate School of Education and the Department of Anthropology).

We look forward to having her join us at Utah State University!

Active Learning Lab: Wilson Elementary project

"During the month of November, the Active Learning Lab participated in an art installation project with Wilson Elementary School. Wilson is a local school which integrates Art with STEM concepts (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as a STEAM school. The school hosted Atlanta-based artist Jeff Mather to guide students in the construction of the relief sculpture, which captures STEAM ideas in the school’s main entry."

To read the full story, please visit Active Learning Lab blog post. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mimi Recker Quoted in Marketplace Story

“Classrooms tend to be larger, they tend to be demographically more diverse, and they have learners of various abilities all grouped together,” says Mimi Recker, professor of educational technology at Utah State University “There’s a big need for differentiated instruction.”

Mimi Recker was quoted in a Marketplace story, carried by more than 500 public radio stations, regarding the growing market of online resources for teachers, especially the “Teachers Pay Teachers” website.

To hear this radio show or read the story, so to:


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dr. Lee's Research Featured at

"Victor Lee makes data fun for kids." is how the article Quantifying in the Classroom at starts, and ain't that true.

Please follow the link above to read an interview with Victor Lee and learn more about what inspired him to work on data literacy as a subject area, why working with your own data is important in learning, why it is important to allow students to ask their own questions, why the method Victor is using is so impactful, how students typically engage with this type of data, as well as which new projects and ideas is victor excited about.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Congratulations Ben!!!

ITLS PhD student, Mr. Benjamin George, successfully defended his dissertation on November 12th, 2014. Congratulations, Dr. Ben! We are proud of you!


Design fields have yet to witness broad adoption of online education despite multiple precedents that have demonstrated the efficacy of the medium for teaching design.  While previous research has focused on the technological and pedagogical aspects of online instruction in design, more work is needed that focuses specifically on barriers to adoption from faculty perspectives.  This dissertation reports the results of a meta-synthesis of the literature and a Delphi study of the barriers to the adoption of online education in landscape architecture.  Findings indicate that faculty remain skeptical of the precedents reported in the literature, do not receive adequate compensation for online course development, and have significant concerns about the ability of online education to replicate the social environment of the design studio.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Crafts Technologies Student Featured in the Adafruit's Wearable Wednesdays Youtube video

Amber O'Quinn, one of the ITLS Craft Technologies class students from Spring 2014, had her final project featured on Adafruit's Wearable Wednesdays Youtube video. Adafruit Wearable Wednesdays is a Youtube video show about e-textiles which goes live every Wednesday. 
To see Amber being feature tune in at 11 minutes in in the following video:
To read about Amber's project or download a tutorial, please visit Adafruit Blog Post on this Debbie’s light up trapeze pants.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

EEJ Ed Notes: Study: Dr. Feldon featured in eCampus News

EEJ Ed Notes: Study: grad students and their mentors' perception...: A new study examined how well graduate students and their mentors in STEM fields do at assessing the students’ skills. And in most case...

Monday, November 10, 2014

EEJ Ed Notes: Utah's STEM Action Center works with Active Learni...

EEJ Ed Notes: Utah's STEM Action Center works with Active Learning Lab in a quest for effective learning:
Utah’s STEM Action Center was recognized for its work in
educating students during the Close It summit last week.

ITLS Paper: the recipient of a 2014 AECT Division of Distance Learning (DDL) Journal Article Award

ITLS Alumna, Yu-Chun Kuo, co-authored a paper with two ITLS faculty, Dr. Andrew Walker and Dr. Brian Belland, and Kerstin E.E. Schroder, which won the 2014 AECT Division of Distance Learning (DDL) Journal Article Award in the following category: 

1st Place Winner - Quantitative Focused Article
Yu-Chun Kuo, Andrew E. Walker, Kerstin E.E. Schroder & Brian R. Belland (2014). Interaction, Internet Self-Efficacy, and Self-Regulated Learning as Predictors of Student Satisfaction in Online Education Courses.  Internet and Higher Education 20, 35–50.

Congratulations to this team of researchers! 

Friday, October 31, 2014

EEJ Ed Notes: #TEDxUSU presenters focused on solving problems

Summary of Debbie's TEDx talk at CEHS blog. Check it out! 

EEJ Ed Notes: #TEDxUSU presenters focused on solving problems: Four of the TEDxUSU presenters had CEHS ties. Are you wondering how to teach your kids to take a stand for what's right? How to finish the day with a little spare energy? How to extract your foot from your mouth after a social blunder?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Dr. Lee: Keynote at FND

Dr. Victor Lee is giving a keynote at the FND (Swedish Association for Research in Science Education) conference in Karlstad, Sweden next week. The keynote is scheduled for November 5.

The title of my talk is "Representing and modeling embodied experiences to support student science learning". 

To see the full program, please visit FND website at:
Note: page is in Swedish, but Google translate does a good job in interpreting the content!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Ryan Cain: the newest star of the research and graduate school office!

Ryan Cain, the newest fellow PhD student in ITLS department was featured last week in Graduate School blog.

Read about Ryan research with 3D printing and other fun stuff he does: 

Presidential Doctorate Fellows explore water issues, 3D technologies

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Two new e-textile guides available

Want to make your own light-up bracelet or you simply enjoy sewing circuits?

Check out these two new e-textile guides designed by Dr. Deborah Fields and ITLS alumna Anna Strommer.

Light-Up Bracelet Student Guide
LilyTiny Project Student Guide