Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Crafts Technologies Final Projects Exhibit

Crafts Technologies 5270/6270 class, led by the magnificent Ryan Cain and Janell Amely this Spring 2015, had another successful final projects celebration today. The celebration exhibit was held in CEHS building at 2pm, but the course instructors also organized a live stream on the Periscope app for those who had not been able to join in person. A video will be available later today. 
Students presented their final projects and interacted with visitors explaining their project ideas and technologies they used. See photos below for some of the projects featured at this exhibit.









Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Active Learning Lab Updates

Active Learning Lab has exciting work updates on their website. 

In their article "Developing Fun! for Automated Assessment of Computational Thinking in Scratch", you can learn more about their NSF funded project with Scratch designed to advance understanding of personalized learning in constructionist technology-enhanced environments by capitalizing on the capability of automated assessments to make that learning visible". 

To see full story please follow this link.

Dr. Sarah Brasiel is also "leading an external evaluation of grant programs led by the Utah STEM Action Center". To see an update of their current programs with videos highlighting follow this link


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Congratulations Gisela!

Gisela Martiz's Dissertation Defense will take place on Monday, April 27 at 11:00 am in the ITLS department conference room.

Title: A QUALITATIVE CASE STUDY ON CELL PHONE APPROPRIATION FOR LANGUAGE LEARNING PURPOSES IN A DOMINICAN CONTEXT

Abstract:
This research study investigated how a Dominican English language teacher and her students appropriated cell phone features for educational purposes inside and outside the classroom. The dissertation used a qualitative single-case study design that focused on five sub-cases, comprised of the teacher and four students selected from a class of twenty three students. A Mobile Human Computer Interaction (MHCI) perspective was used to explore participants’ appropriation of features in their cell phones to support learning activities in a Dominican context. Data collection took place for eight weeks in an English language center located at a public university in the Dominican Republic, in the summer of 2014. Primary data collection sources consisted of semi-structured interviews, informal conversations, classroom observations, and questionnaires. Data was analyzed through thematic analysis, by using initial, in vivo, and focused coding techniques to identify emerging themes. Findings identified four major themes on how the teacher appropriated different cell phone features that allowed her to use this mobile device for educational purposes: cell phone as connectivity tool, content delivery tool, research and reference tool, and assessment facilitation tool. Emerging themes from analyzing the four student sub-cases indicated that they appropriated features in their cell phones in different ways, including: iPod as a cell phone (student 1), assessment and feedback facilitation tool (student 2); peer- and self-assessment facilitation tool and e-reader (student 3); multimedia delivery and social interactivity tool (student 4). Themes across sub-cases and from the classroom in general indicated that participants used features that allowed them to appropriate cell phones as tools for data gathering and note taking, reference and research, collaboration, and repository. Findings from this dissertation shed light on how a teacher and students can make use of their own mobile technologies to support English language learning in a Dominican classroom with uneven access to technology.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

ITLS at AERA

ITLS students and faculty are very busy at the 2015 meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Chicago, IL (http://www.aera.net/), April 16-20, 2015. 
Congratulations to all!

Pre-AERA Workshop
Hong, W. J, Kim, N., Lee, J. E, Lefler, M., Louviere, J., Recker, M., & Walker, A. Canvalytics Research at Utah State University: Analyzing usage data from interactions with the Canvas Learning Management System


AERA Conference
 
Jeong, S., Martin,T., & Brasiel, S. (2015, April). Do educational technology products improve mathematics outcomes of students in grade 7 and 8? Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.

Martin, T., & Smith, C. P. (2015, April) Learning Fractions by Splitting: Using Learning Analytics to Illuminate the Development of Mathematical Understanding. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.

Urquhart, S., Maher, M. A., Feldon, D. F., Gilmore, J. A., Timmerman, B. C. (2015, April) Lifting the Lid on the Black Box: Primary Literature Engagement in Graduate Research Skill Development. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.

Yuan, M, & Recker, M. (2015, April) Instruments, Tools, and Measures in Instructional Technology. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.

George, B., Shelton, B. E., & Walker, A.  (2015, April) Critical Barriers to the Adoption of Online Design Education by University Landscape Architecture Faculty.
Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. 

Krist, C., Martin, T., Janisiewics, P., Berland, M., Snyder, B., Hjorth, A., & Sherin, B. (2015, April). Computational methods for qualitative learning sciences research: Affording materiality to text-based data. Session presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.

Belland, B. R., Gu, J., Kim, N. J., Turner, D. J., & Weiss, D. M. (2015, April) The Relationship Between Problem-Based Learning, Epistemic Beliefs, and Argumentation in Middle School Science. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.

Maher, M. A., Say, B. H., & Feldon, D. F. (2015, April) Faculty Advisers as Learners and Teachers of Disciplinary Writing. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.

Belland, B. R., Walker, A., Kim, N. J., & Lefler, M. (2015, April) Synthesizing Results from Empirical Research on Computer-Based Scaffolding in STEM Education: A Meta-Analysis.
Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.

Gu, J., Belland, B. H., Weiss, D. M., & Kim, N. J. (2015, April) Middle School Students' Science Interest and Epistemic Beliefs in a Technology-Enhanced Problem-Based Scientific Inquiry Unit. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.

Kim, Y., Smith, D., & Chen, T. (2015, April) Language Learners and Robots: Insight for Curriculum Design. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.

Martiz, G. (2015, April) Ubiquitous and Mobile Learning Environments in Instructional Technology. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.




Monday, April 6, 2015

ITLS students at 2015 Graduate Student Symposium


The annual Student Research Symposium, which celebrates both graduate and undergraduate research, will take place in the Merrill-Cazier Library on Thursday, April 9. Several students from ITLS department will present in poster or oral sessions, and we hope that you will join us in supporting them.

These are your students who are presenting: 

Oral Sessions

10:00 a.m., Conf. Room 240

Dallin Graham

1:00 p.m., Conf. Room 240

Howard Haines
Jeffrey Thayne

3:00 p.m., Conf. Room 240

D Mark Weiss

4:00 p.m., Conf. Room 240

Mason Lefler

Poster Session
Session 2, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Megan Niebergall

You can find a comprehensive list of presenters here and a session map here

We look forward to seeing you at the symposium.