Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sunday, October 23, 2016


The Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences would like to announce that Dr. Andrew Walker is taking on the role of Department Head. Dr. Walker has been the Interim Department Head since the Summer of 2015.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Two USU Alumni Win American Graduate Champion Award

USU alums Joel Duffin (left) and Kevin Reeve (right) received the American Graduate Champion award for creating the volunteer organization Cache Makers.

Two Utah State University alumni, Kevin Reeve and Joel Duffin, received the American Graduate Champion award for creating the volunteer organization Cache Makers. The award is given by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and recognizes those who dedicate their time, skills and resources to help youth succeed.
“The purpose of our organization is to help kids find their passion in STEM,” said Reeves, USU’s director of teaching and learning technologies housed in the Academic and Instructional Services office. “Most of them have the desire, but lack the mentors and resources necessary to get started. Our organization bridges that gap.”
According to Reeve, STEM-based Cache Makers is an afterschool 4-H program that started with 17 kids in 2013, and grew to 750 in 2016. They now have 85 adults who have volunteered hundreds of hours mentoring kids.
Both Reeve and Duffin, CEO of Atomic Jolt, have committed hundreds of hours to make their program successful. Cache Makers received grant funding in 2014 and opened a 3,100 square foot maker space where the kids are able to get hands-on experience. Some of the projects include programming, robotics, electronics, soldering, 3D design and printing and more.
According to Reeve, Cache Makers generally has eight to 12 groups running at a time and they meet once a week for six weeks for about two hours.
To sign up as a volunteer or register for an event, see the organization’s website.
Contact: Kevin Reeve, (435) 797-0783, kevin.reeve@usu.edu
Source: usu.edu

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Dr. Brian Belland's New Book Online

ITLS Professor, Dr. Brian Belland's new book entitled: "Instructional Scaffolding in STEM Education",
has been published and electronically available at  Link

Thursday, October 6, 2016


ITLS faculty and students alongside colleagues from Computer Science and Teacher Education and Leadership have a big presence at the 2016 FabLearn Conference.  Fablearn brings together award-winning academics and educators, learning sciences researchers, and policy-advisers to build a community interested in putting curiosity, innovation, and hands-on problem solving back into today’s schools.

FABLEARN 2016: 6th Annual Conference on Creativity and Making in Education
October 14th – 16th, 2016
Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA
Conference theme – Diversity in Making: People, Projects, & Powerful Ideas


  •   Deborah Fields is co-chairing the conference alongside Paulo Blikstein and Matthew Berland. All three will organize the ACM published proceedings.
  •   Kristin Searle and Deborah Fields (with Yasmin Kafai) are presenting a paper entitled: "Deconstruction kits for learning: Students' collaborative debugging of electronic textile designs"
  •   Kristin Searle and Colby Tofel-Grehl (from Teacher Education and Leadership) are presenting a paper with Vicki Allen (from Computer Science) on :The e-textiles bracelet hack: Bringing making to middle school classrooms.
  •   Deborah Fields is presenting: The first version of our formal high school curricular unit for e-textiles: Putting Making in Computer Science Classrooms: An Electronic Textiles High School Curriculum for Exploring Computer Science
  • Victor Lee and Ryan Cain are presenting a paper calledMeasuring Electrodermal Activity to Understand Engagement in Making.