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!