Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Dr. Fields Invited Keynote Speaker at Korean Association of Science Education International Conference

Deborah A. Fields - Invited keynote speaker at the Korean Association of Science Education International Conference

On February 13, 2014 at Daegu University, South Korea, ITLS assistant professor Deborah Fields gave an invited presentation entitled "Engaging Students at the Intersections of Learning, Interest, and Identification: An Ecological View of Design- and Inquiry-Based Education."  

The conference featured several international speakers on topics related to science education, including from the United States, Egypt, and Israel. The topic of the conference was especially targeted at collaborations between countries and between scientific disciplines such as technology and engineering. Deborah's talk featured work by students at ITLS in her Craft Technologies course.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Meet Alumna Chenyong (Jessie) Zhu, CEHS Award Recepient

ITLS alumna Chenyong (Jessie) Zhu received 2014 Emma Eccles Jones CEHS Awards for Alumni Recent Graduate. 

Jessie has been working as an Instructional Designer for the National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM), a federally funded organization sponsored by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) at Utah State University under the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation since June 2009. Her duties include designing and maintaining the NCRTM website, managing and hosting webinar services for universities/state agencies/national rehabilitation organizations, developing instructional training modules, establishing cooperative working relationships with partners, and supervising digitizing and student workers.  
When we asked her what she would advise current ITLS students, she said:

"I got married and had my daughter while I was working on my master's degree in ITLS program. As a full-time student with 20-hour research assistantship work and a newborn baby, I couldn't believe I graduated with a 4.0 GPA. I don't think I could achieve my success without all the support from my adviser, my professors, and the staff from ITLS. I have the best memories from my master's program. 

I would advise current students to be always proud of being part of our USU ITLS. Trust yourself! but know that the ITLS professors, instructors, and staff are always your best resource and strong support. If anyone needs any suggestions from me, please don't hesitate to contact me."

CEHS Award Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2013, 3:30-5:00 p.m., at the Edith Bowen Laboratory School Auditorium. Please plan on attending to recognize your colleagues and students on their accomplishments.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

ITLS Student and Alumnus to Receive CEHS Awards

ITLS student Whitney King, and ITLS alumn Chenyong (Jessie) Zhu, will both be recognized for their outstanding achievements at the 2014 Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services Awards CEHS Awards Ceremony. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2013, 3:30-5:00 p.m., at the Edith Bowen Laboratory School Auditorium.
Whitney and Jessie have been recognized in the following categories:
- Whitney King, Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences

- Chenyong (Jessie) Zhu, Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences
Congratulations Whitney and Jessie!!! We are very proud of you! 

Please plan on attending the ceremony to recognize your colleagues and students on their accomplishments.

Friday, February 14, 2014

USU and UofT host “meeting of the minds” on kids’ online media production

TORONTO, Feb. 14, 2014 -- Utah State University in participation with The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information hosted some of the biggest names in kid’s online media for an exclusive workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014.

This event brought together prominent industry members, academics, and children’s advocates to discuss children’s cultural rights as online content producers and explore the initial findings of the Kids’ DIY Media project. This is a massive, multi-site research venture being led by Dr. Deborah A. Fields (Utah State University) and Dr. Sara Grimes (Faculty of Information, University of Toronto). The overall goal of the study is to survey the technologies, users and stakeholder interests involved in the children’s online DIY media phenomenon. The project partners aim to generate ideas on how to support innovation and inclusivity in this field.

To learn more about this project, visit:

List of invited participants:

Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, Common Sense Media, Toronto International Film Festival Inc., MediaSmarts,  Gamercamp Jr., Storybird Inc., Untold Entertainment Inc., and Zinc Roe Inc.; researchers from Centennial College, Simon Fraser University, University of Toronto and Utah State University; and several others from important industry and academic institutions internationally.

For further information, contact: Dr. Deborah A. Fields at

The department of Instructional Technology & Learning Sciences engages in cutting-edge interdisciplinary research on new technologies for learning and their effects on students, teachers, and society.
To learn more about research in Instructional Technology & Learning Sciences, visit:

Thursday, February 6, 2014

ITLS student, Kenneth Larsen & his innovations featured in an article from eLearning Industry

"After working in close proximity with instructional designers for a short time at Utah State University, Kenneth Larsen (current ITLS grad student at USU) identified a major design challenge facing his team. Instructional designers are often faced with the time-consuming task of creating new online courses in Canvas, module by module, page by page and assignment by assignment. Kenneth pointed out to the team at the Center for Innovative Design and Instruction (CIDI) that, “there’s gotta be a better way” to tackle this challenge. Thus spawned the integration of Kennethware, known more formally as USU Tools."

Thurston, T. (4 Feb 2014). 5Keys to Rapid Course Development in Canvas Using Custom Tools. Retrieved from