Saturday, May 10, 2014

Leaving ESU and moving to Baker University (a note from Dr. Childress)

Earlier this year, I announced that I will step down from the IDT department chair position at ESU. The plan was to teach 3 master's level classes each semester, research, do some writing (and perhaps grants) and just fade away, like an old soldier (see General Douglas MacArthur, 1951) -
http://youtu.be/M87s_I-c-Xw?t=7m42s

That was the plan ..... until I was approached with a rare opportunity at Baker University.....

On July 1, I will be be leaving Emporia State University to begin work at Baker University as Professor and Director (and creator) of a new doctoral program in Instructional Design and Technology.  The Baker University undergraduate programs are housed at the beautiful Baldwin City, KS campus. My office and doc program will be housed at the Baker University School of Education/School of Professional and Graduate Studies facilities in Overland Park, KS (8001 College Boulevard). I am sad that I will be leaving my wonderful ESU IDT faculty colleagues and master's students.  However, I am happy that I may be able to help many of my former and current ESU IDT students achieve their goal of advanced graduate study (think Ed.D./Ph.D. in IDT degree) at Baker University.  Although the actual doc program will likely begin in fall 2015, interested individuals may be able to begin as early as fall 2014 by taking some of the common research courses that are already in place with the existing Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership. It's a bit early to give too many details, but I foresee an online and/or hybrid program that can be delivered online and at the Baker - Overland Park, KS location.

I have no doubt that ESU IDT will continue to be a world-class program, producing the finest master's degree graduates; and I am counting on it. Hopefully, many of our outstanding ESU IDT graduates will take the next step with me at Baker University!

Dr. Childress

Monday, April 21, 2014

Will it play in Emporia?

Will it play in Emporia?

An interesting piece (and title) in Slate by Paula Krebs, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Bridgewater State University.

She makes some valid points about the importance of small regional universities to our society and how regional universities will need to embrace new technologies (and most importantly methodologies) to survive.

The problem, according to Krebs -

"While so many of us have been defending the value of a liberal arts education against the desire for us to deliver “skills,” we’ve too often been holding out against change in general—and technology in particular."

The forecast -

"The schools that don’t figure out what technology can do for their institutions and their students, who relay on their current methods of instruction and assessment, will be left behind over the next decades."

The outlook for instructional technologists/designers working in higher education is bright -

"....the kind of instruction we need will depend on faculty development, on faculty members being trained by their institutions to teach differently with tech."

Thoughts?  Anyone?  Anyone?  Post your comments below or on our IDT Facebook page.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

See China this Summer! Study Abroad Opportunity with Stipend and Free Accommodations

http://l2ds.com/wp-content/uploads/08-Goldtak-Center-Masterplan-guangzhou-night-view-from-park-011.jpgThe Teachers College and the Office of International Education (OIE) is offering an exciting three-week study abroad opportunity to all ESU graduate and undergraduate students in China (Guangzhou), this coming summer 2014. Students who participate in the study abroad will be offered a stipend of about $500 for teaching, free meals and housing, and some free local trips and sightseeing.



Students will experience Chinese lectures and seminars, classroom teaching, school and family visits, historical and cultural field trips and sightseeing, local events and culture involvement.



For more detailed information:
http://www.emporia.edu/oie/study-abroad/summer-programs.html#China           
If interested, contact Dr. Neal Luo: 620-341-5835 or mluo@emporia.edu

Saturday, February 22, 2014

ESU IDT Team Presents Winning Instructional Design Solution at International Competition


Anaheim, CA – For the 5th consecutive year, a team from Emporia State University’s Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) master of science program was chosen as a finalist in the PacifiCorp International Design and Development Competition, sponsored by Pacific Power and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT).  The IDT team of Ziang Wang and Yun Lauren Liu (L/R in photo) presented their winning instructional design and development solution at the AECT 2013 International Convention in Anaheim, CA. The 2013 PacifiCorp design and development competition involved having teams of two students design and develop a detailed written solution and oral report in response to a complex instructional design case study.  During the year-long competition, over one dozen international doctoral and master’s degree teams competed in the first round of the competition with 6 teams moving forward to the second round. Three teams were selected as winning finalists and invited to present their solutions at the AECT convention.  ESU IDT teams have achieved finalist status 5 years in a row (6 out of the last 7 years of the competition). As the most recognized association of information concerning a wide range of instructional and educational technology, AECT is the oldest professional home for this field of interest and has continuously maintained a central position in the field, promoting high standards, both in scholarship and in practice.  It provides an international forum for the exchange and dissemination of ideas for its members and for target audiences; it is the national and international spokesperson for the improvement of instruction. 

Recent ESU IDT history in the competition:
2007 - Sandy Valenti and Steve Harmon -  finalists
2009 - Liz Ermis and Jennifer Gibson - finalists
2010 - Michael Schwind and Rob Ervin - finalists
2011 - Jason Baker and Michael Stewart - finalists
2012 – Qing Zhang and Daniel BaldwinSeung Gutsch and Daphne Tseng – finalists
2013 – Ziang Wang and Yun Lauren Liu – finalists

Thursday, February 13, 2014

IDT-KAECT Conference Program is set. Register to attend, before it's too late!

The program is set for our ESU IDT-KAECT spring conference “Technology Integrated Learning & Kansas College Career Ready Standards” at Emporia State University on Friday, February 21 from 9:00 - 3:30. 

View a PDF of the program listing our outstanding presenters and abstracts of their presentations.

Information regarding registration.

We hope to see you on Friday, February 21st.

Monday, February 3, 2014

KAECT Conference

There’s still time to submit a presentation proposal and register for the upcoming “Technology Integrated Learning & Kansas College Career Ready Standards” KAECT Spring conference to be held on the campus at Emporia State University on Friday, February 21 from 9:00 - 3:30. A correction to previous correspondence, there is a modest conference fee that includes lunch. Information regarding the conference and pricing can be located at the following site: http://kaect.org/conferences/2014-kaect-spring-conference/2014-kaect-spring-conference-description/

The keynote speaker will be Doug Christensen, known as the ‘Assessment Maverick’ by Edutopia.http://www.edutopia.org/douglas-christensen



Friday, January 17, 2014

Jobs (2) - Educational Support Specialist, Washburn University, Topeka, KS




Dale Rusche, IDT alum and Production Coordinator with Information Technology Services-Instructional Services at Washburn Univ. sent the following position announcements for 2 Online Educational Support Specialist Positions at Washburn.  If you are interested in applying, information about how to apply is located at the end of each position announcement.  Review of applicants will begin, February 3rd.

Position 1) Online Education Support Specialist I, Recruitment No. 6180114

Applications are being accepted for an Online Education Support Specialist I position in Information Technology Services.  This position reports to the Online Education Support Coordinator. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

TRAINING
Schedule and provide group and/or one-on-one training sessions to help new and existing faculty effectively learn to use Washburn's learning management system and ancillary technical components supporting online educational programs, e.g., integration of online systems, testing software, mobile applications, analytics software.

USER SUPPORT (Faculty, Students, Staff)
Respond in a timely manner to phone calls, e-mail, and tickets, to assist students, faculty and staff with specific questions and issues related to online education. Meet with students, faculty and staff to provide personal, face-to-face instruction in the use of online course tools and the learning management system to ensure a successful experience with online education at Washburn University and Washburn Institute of Technology.

Assist Faculty in building, modifying and maintaining their online course(s) in the learning management system (LMS) to ensure they have provided a quality online course to students and have used the tools (LMS) effectively for teaching online courses.  Assist faculty in importing materials (files) to their online course(s) from third party software such as Respondus and/or StudyMate to provide quality online courses to students.

OTHER
Develop and improve existing online materials that outline common procedures for online courses and/or resolutions to common issues to assist faculty and students with their use of online course tools.

Document procedures, changes and other relevant information for use and reference by other Online Education staff providing assistance to system users.

Other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS

REQUIRED:  Graduation from high school or GED.  Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.  Ability to work effectively with faculty and students with different levels of technical skills.  Ability to work independently, finding solutions to issues.  Customer service experience.  Knowledge of learning management systems (LMS).  
PREFERRED:  Post-secondary or higher education courses and/or college degree.  Customer service experience working with technology.  Troubleshooting skills in relation to PC hardware or software.  Experience working in an educational environment.  Experience with a learning management system - either completing an online course or supporting a learning management system.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Submit a completed Washburn University Employment Application (available at www.washburn.edu/faculty-staff/human-resources/forms) to getajob@washburn.edu or to Washburn University Human Resources, 263 Morgan Hall, 1700 SW College, Topeka, Kansas  66621.  RESUMES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  Review of applications will begin February 3, 2014.  Entry rate is $15.01 per hour.  Excellent fringe benefits package.  Employment at Washburn University may be conditioned upon satisfactory completion of a background check.

TO ENRICH EDUCATION THROUGH DIVERSITY, WASHBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.  CANDIDATES FROM UNDER-REPRESENTED GROUPS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. 

Position 2) Online Education Support Specialist II, Recruitment no. 3790114

Applications are being accepted for an Online Education Support Specialist II position in Information Technology Services.  This position reports to the Online Education Support Coordinator.  The Online Education Support Specialist II is expected to have a full-time presence on campus.

RESPONSIBILITIES

TRAINING
Schedule and provide group and/or one-on-one training sessions to help new and existing faculty effectively learn to use Washburn's learning management system and ancillary technical components supporting Online educational programs, e.g., integration of Online systems, testing software, mobile applications, analytics software.

Work with Instructional Designer to create and update system training materials for faculty; and to develop, update and maintain resources/documentation for faculty and student reference, outlining common guidelines and/or best practices and procedures for Online courses.

USER SUPPORT
Respond in a timely manner to phone calls, e-mail, and tickets to assist students, faculty and staff with specific questions and issues related to online education. Meet with students, faculty and staff as needed to provide personal, face-to-face instruction as needed.

Communicate learning management system status to faculty, staff and students to keep them updated on system availability and issues that might impact their schedules and ability to use online education resources.
Apply an advanced knowledge and level of expertise in regard to the learning management system and online educational tools, analyze and troubleshoot complex problems escalated from Online Education Support Specialists. 

LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (LMS) ADMINISTRATION
Serve as backup to the Online Education Support Coordinator in assisting with general administration of the LMS including: creating new groups; adjusting course settings, accounts and/or enrollments; course backup and retrieval; and working with vendor(s) to resolve system issues in a timely manner.  Work with the Online Education Support Coordinator and other ITS staff to resolve integrated system issues, plan system upgrades, and outages for maintenance.

RESEARCH AND PLANNING
Research new software and tools pertaining to Online Education, subscribe to appropriate user groups and list-serves, attend conferences and training to remain apprised of new technological developments that might impact Online education.  Applying knowledge and understanding gained from research and education activities, assist in future planning for improvement of Online education at Washburn University.

Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

REQUIRED:   High school diploma or GED and 3 years of experience supporting a learning management system, or a bachelor's degree in a field such as Computer Science, Educational Technology, Technology Administration, Mass Media, or Communication with completion of an online education course or experience supporting a learning management system.  Computer skills including proficiency using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, Power Point).  Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills are essential.  Customer service experience. 
PREFERRED:  Experience working in higher education and providing training in the use of computer software.  Knowledge of databases and queries; and in web page creation, maintenance, and conversion of documents for web pages. 

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Submit a completed Washburn University Employment Application (available at www.washburn.edu/faculty-staff/human-resources/forms) to getajob@washburn.edu or to Washburn University Human Resources, 263 Morgan Hall, 1700 SW College, Topeka, Kansas  66621.  RESUMES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  Review of applications will begin February 3, 2014.  Entry rate is $16.40 per hour.  Excellent fringe benefits package.  Employment at Washburn University may be conditioned upon satisfactory completion of a background check.

TO ENRICH EDUCATION THROUGH DIVERSITY, WASHBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.  CANDIDATES FROM UNDER-REPRESENTED GROUPS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. 

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