Thursday, September 29, 2016

New Instructional Design and Technology Assistant Professor Selected for National Symposium

Dr. Sungwoong Lee, Assistant Professor in the Department of Instructional Design and Technology (IDT), was selected to participate in the 2016 Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Early Career Symposium. He was selected from a large number of highly qualified applicants based on his qualifications, work to date, and potential for future scholarship to the field of Instructional Design and Technology. 

The AECT Early Career Symposium is a mentoring program, which provides an avenue for early career scholars to receive mentoring from established scholars and leaders in the field.  The symposium is sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Cyberlearning and Future Technologies program.

“I didn’t think I would be selected,” Lee said.  I’m very surprised and excited to be participating in the symposium and looking forward to working with the mentors.”

A new faculty member in the IDT Department, Dr. Lee was also invited to present two papers, “The Effect of Video Games on Math Achievement,” and Embodied pulley physics: The development of hands-on user interaction in virtual reality” during the 2016 AECT International Convention.

Over the last six years, Dr. Lee is the third Emporia State University IDT faculty member to participate in the Early Career Symposium.  Dr. Jozenia Colorado-Resa was selected to participate at the 2010 symposium and Dr. Insook Han participated in the 2015 symposium. 

Dr. Yeol Huh, also a new faculty member in IDT, was selected to participate in 2014 as a doctoral student.

Huh will be presenting his paper, Exploring Ways Online Teachers Teach Self-Regulated Learning Skills to Students in U.S. Online K-12 Schools” at the 2016 AECT Convention. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

IDT Students will Compete in Final Round of AECT Design and Development Competition

Emporia State University will once again have a student team in the FINAL Round of the AECT Design and Development Competition!  Milton Knopp and Julie La Combe, Instructional Design and Technology graduate students, will be representing ESU at the 2016 Association for Educational Communications and Technology International Convention (AECT) in Las Vegas, NV to compete in the final round.  Only three teams are selected to go forward to the final round.  The convention will take place Oct. 17-21, 2016.

Including this year, ESU IDT students have been finalists in the AECT Design Competition for 7 out of the last 9 years, starting in 2007.  The last time an ESU IDT team went to the final round was in 2013.  

Historical information on IDT students in final round of AECT Design Competition:

2016: Milton Knopp and Julie La Combe to compete in 2016 AECT Design Competition

Monday, July 11, 2016

Two New Members Join the Instructional Design and Technology Faculty at Emporia State University

After an extensive faculty search, we are excited to announce two new additions to the Emporia State University Instructional Design and Technology Family. Yeol Huh and Sungwoong Lee will be joining the department as assistant professors this August.  They will be teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses.
Yeol Huh, Ph.D.

Please join us in welcoming them to Emporia State University and Emporia, KS.

Yeol Huh, Ph.D.

Yeol Huh received his M.S. and Ph.D. in the Department of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University. He worked for the Samsung C&T Corporation in the international trading division as a business associate, and also worked for a Fortune 500 company as an instructional designer. 

His research interests include promoting learners’ self-regulated learning, self-efficacy, and motivation in technology-enhanced learning environments by integrating technology and facilitating technology integration for learner-centered instruction especially in teacher education. 

Sungwoong Lee, Ph.D.
Sungwoong Lee, Ph.D.

Sungwoong Lee graduated from the Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies program at Florida State University in 2016. His dissertation, The Effects of Representation Format in Problem Representation on Qualitative Understanding and Quantitative Proficiency in a Learning Game Context, addresses how educational games, by providing various types of learning support, promote the acquisition and application of conceptual understanding in order to enhance mathematical problem solving in the formal educational context. While at Florida State University, he have accumulated teaching experience in both in-classroom and online courses in the College of Education at FSU. He earned his master’s degree in 2009 and bachelor’s degree in 2006 from Korea University.  

His research interests include problem solving in game-based learning, immersive virtual learning environments, design of virtual learning environments for students with autism, and technology integration in classroom. 

IDT Professor, Harvey Foyle, Retires

Dr. Foyle began his career at Emporia State University as an adjunct professor in the summer of 1984 and fall of 1986 and became an assistant professor in 1987. He came to the Instructional Design and Technology Department in August of 2000 and has served in the Teacher Education Division, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Social Science Division and The Teachers College over the last 29 years. He taught Instructional Technology for Educators and Advanced Instructional Technology to undergraduate education majors. He also taught graduate courses in Google Applications, Research in Instructional Design and Technology, and the Master's Project in IDT capstone class.
Prior to coming to Emporia State University, Dr. Foyle taught social studies and other related courses at the high school level in Emporia and Hillsboro, KS.

Dr. Foyle's research interests included instructional and curricular design, student teacher supervision, social studies education, classroom homework, cooperative learning, integrating technology into education, and handheld devices.  Highlighted publications include:

Creating Interactive Curriculum for Elementary and Middle School Studies. (2012). With Lawrence Lyman and Allyson Lyman. El Cajon, CA: National Social Science Press. ISBN 978-1-936306-46-8

Managing Interactive Classroom Learning Communities for Elementary and Middle School Students. (2011). With Lawrence Lyman and Allyson Lyman. El Cajon, CA: National Social Science Press. ISBN 978-1-936306-23-9

Dr. Foyle was awarded the Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor award in 2002.  In an article honoring this accomplishment, he shared a hope for his students.  He said
, “I hope that they will have a love of learning, a dedication to their chosen field, and a caring for the people around them. "  Read more at

Thank you, Dr. Foyle for your many years of teaching, scholarly activity, and service.  We will miss you!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

IDT Professor, Jane Eberle, Retires

Dr. Jane Eberle joined the ranks of Professor Emeritus Faculty at Emporia State University (ESU), when she retired this past January.  Dr. Eberle joined the Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) Department in the Teachers College as an Assistant Professor in 2003.  She taught Instructional Technology for Educators to undergraduate education majors and online graduate courses in visual literacy, assistive technology and Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  Previous to coming to ESU, she spent fifteen years of teaching where she incorporated many uses of technology into her teaching.  Her research interests include effective integration of technology in the classroom, universal design and assistive technology, and visual literacy.  Highlighted publications include “Heutagogy: it isn’t your mother’s pedagogy any more” published in the National Social Science Journal, “What are we waiting for? Universal design for learning should begin yesterday” also published in the National Social Science Journal, and the book I Do and I Learn: Integrating Technology through Collaborative Project-Based Learning, which she used for her undergraduate instructional technology courses.  Throughout her professorship, Dr. Eberle had over 16 publications and gave over 40 presentations.

In addition to her exceptional teaching and scholarship, Dr. Eberle had a strong record of service to her profession, university, college, and department.  She served on the program committees for the European Conference on Social Media (ECSM) and the European Conference on E-Learning (ECEL).  She also served as a Member-at-Large for the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Research and Theory Division and Vice President of the Phi Delta Kappa Flint Hills Chapter.  Serving ESU, she was an active member of the Faculty Senate, College and Departmental Faculty Recognition Committees, and many other committees, often serving as chairperson.  Her Teachers College colleagues truly benefited from her service coordinating the holiday and patio parties!

While Dr. Eberle will be leaving her role as Professor, she remains a great friend and mentor to her colleagues and former students.  Thank you, Dr. Eberle, and Congratulations!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Instructional Design and Technology Alum, Travis True, Wins International "Making IT Happen" Award

Emporia State University, Instructional Design and Technology alum, Travis True was honored with the coveted Making IT Happen award for his contribution to the successful integration of technology in education. The Making IT Happen award is provided by the International Society for Technology.
The Making IT Happen award honors outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students. Since its inception in 1995 more than 500 educators from around the world have received the award.
“Making IT Happen honorees make unique contributions to advancing the use of digital technology to inspire learning and teaching,” said ISTE CEO Brian Lewis. “Their significant accomplishments all further ISTE’s vision of a world in which all learners thrive, achieve and contribute.” 

Travis True is a 2000 graduate of Sterling College and earned his MS in Instructional Design and Technology from Emporia State in 2007.  Travis has been with Topeka Public Schools since 2004 and is the Curriculum & Technology Coordinator. In this role, Travis has helped Topeka Public Schools with its 1:1 Chromebook initiative by providing professional development to staff to facilitate the use of Google Apps for Education.

Successful integration of educational technology requires a common passion, initiative and pledge that can best be summarized by the Making IT Happen Formula of Success: 
1.     Educators and leaders who apply available technology now
2.     Move forward and don’t look back
3.     See students as real people
4.     Teach through relationships by inspiring, encouraging, and nurturing
5.     Recognize that further change is necessary, but understand that it is a process
6.     Realize that teacher empowerment is the key element to technology integration
7.     Expect success 
8.     Motivate through awareness and access to information

About Making IT Happen

Founded in 1995, the Making IT Happen program highlights the dramatic role educators have on the learning process by using technology and rewards those individuals for their commitment and innovation. To date, more than 500 individuals have been awarded this recognition through ISTE and its affiliates. The impact of this program has been felt at hundreds of conferences around the world. The focus of the Making IT Happen program is on current practitioners, highlighting their significant contribution and encouraging them to continue their work. 

Monday, February 22, 2016

IDT Program at Emporia State Recognized Among the Best

The Instructional Design and Technology program at Emporia State University has been recognized as one of the best online programs of its kind in the nation.
The university recently was notified by that the program, housed within The Teachers College, had been ranked 13th of the top 24 universities and colleges offering similar programs.
Emporia State was the only Kansas institution included in the rankings.
“As most courses include computer-based subject matter, this degree can be perfectly tailored to an online format,” according to information from “Students will learn from distance education experts about distance education in a distance format.”
“I think it’s a recognition of the quality program we’ve had over the last 20 years,” said Dr. Zeni Colorado, associate professor and chair of the department.
Emporia State’s program is unique in the state, she said. Others offer some components of the program, but none are as comprehensive.
“For example, a lot of our students are learning how to create web-based instruction or online courses. Some are multimedia development and so they become learning developers, things like that.”
Many students in the program already had bachelor’s degrees and were teaching in the K-12 system, so distance learning provided a route to an advanced degree without interrupting their employment. Now, instructional design and technology is becoming a job of the future, as government, healthcare, corporations and non-profit organizations realize the opportunities for widespread training and continuing education for their employees.
“More and more of our students are people that are in the private sector,” Colorado said. “It’s amazing. ... One of our students just got a job at Ford Motor Company.”
The 2016 rankings are based on a refined formula that utilizes academic quality, online offerings, cost and student aid to determine a final score, according to information from
Academic quality accounts for 50 percent of the score, with admissions and graduation rates each accounting for 50 percent of that category; online offerings make up 30 percent, with half of the score keyed to the number of online programs and half to the percentage of undergraduates taking online courses; cost and student aid constitute 20 percent, with average net price and loan default rate each carrying equal weight in that category.
The totals of those scores determine the final scores and rankings.
Emporia State has long been an innovator in distance education. The university’s IDT students also have excelled in the Pacificorp Instructional Design and Technology competition, since Emporia State began competing in 2007.
“We’ve won it six times,” Colorado said. “... What’s interesting about that competition is that organization tends to have a lot of doctoral level students who enter. Our master’s students for those years were able to compete against the doctoral level students.”
Within the last several weeks, Emporia State also recently was ranked No. 1 for Best Online College in Kansas for 2015-2016 by Affordable Colleges Online.
U.S. News & World Report also ranked Emporia State the highest in Kansas for both online graduate education and online non-MBA programs, as well as No. 3 of Kansas schools for online MBA programs.
The Top 24 rankings were: 1. Michigan State University, Lansing, 2. North Carolina State, Raleigh, 3. New Jersey City University, 4.  Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C., 5. East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C., 6. Duquesne University, Pittsburg, 7. Georgia State University, Atlanta, 8. Indiana University, Bloomington.
Also, 9. Concordia University, Chicago, 10. California State University, Fullerton; 11. University of Central Florida, Orlando, 12. Webster University, St. Louis; 13. Emporia State University; 14. University of North Iowa, Cedar Falls; 15. Texas A&M University, College Station, 16. University of Arizona, Tucson.
Also, 17. University of West Georgia, Carrollton; 18. University of Dayton, Ohio; 19. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, 20. Texas A&M, Texarkana; 21. Wayne State University, Detroit; 22. Brandman University, Irvine, Calif., 23. Boise State University, Idaho; 24. West Texas A&M, Canyon.
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