Monday, May 18, 2015

Transitioning to Summer

Congratulations Spring 2015 Graduates!

We had a wonderful time celebrating with the accomplishments of our Spring 2015 IDT Graduates!  Please join us in wishing our graduates well on our Facebook page.  There are lots of photos for you to help you participate in the celebration.

Summer Advising

During the summer, faculty advisors tend to have complicated schedules.  In order to make sure your questions get answered in a timely manner, we will have one sole faculty advisor for the summer.  Between May 18 through August 11th, Dr. Insook Han (, will be serving as the direct contact for ALL summer advising questions.  On August 12th, you can resume contacting your regular advisor.  Dr. Han will work with Dr. Colorado and Janet Schneider to get any questions you have answered.

Monday, February 23, 2015

ESU Collaboration Results in STEM Teacher Training Grant

Dusti Howell, Ph.D., will serve as the
SMASH  Project Director
Emporia, KS – Emporia State faculty were notified late last week they were successful in obtaining a nearly $200,000 grant. Faculty in The Teachers College and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences were notified they will receive an Improving Teacher Quality grant through the Kansas Board of Regents. 

The project, STEM Makes Academic Success Happen (SMASH) was selected for funding in the amount of $189,067 over 19 months.

“Twenty-five teachers from Marais des Cygnes, Eureka, Southern Lyon County and Emporia will spend the next year working with us on innovative ways to get their students excited about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education),” said Dusti Howell, the project’s director.

Seven corporate sponsors have agreed to support this training. 

The goal of the project is to implement a partnership between Emporia State, school districts (grades 4-8) and STEM education companies, in order to improve teachers’ and students’ content knowledge of STEM as well as provide a means to stimulate and motivate student academic achievement.

Through workshops with practicing teachers, the SMASH project will use a variety of methods and instruction to increase teachers’ knowledge of their subjects. Included in this will be the use of affordable robotics and engineering challenges, working across subject areas and grade levels, training teachers with research-based academic success strategies, and using peer coaching to work towards long term improvement.

The project is a joint effort across the university, and will involve: Howell, professor in the instructional design and technology department, Matt Seimears, associate professor of the elementary education, early childhood, and special education department, Christopher Pettit, associate professor physical sciences department, and Joe Kern, instructional designer. 

In the workshops, teachers will create lesson plans written to Next Generation Science Standards the teachers can use in their classrooms.

The seven corporate sponsors of this training include: PITSCO, DEPCO, Snap-On, TRANE, Sunflower Electric, Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation and the Cosmosphere. These summer workshops will take place over the next two years.

Monday, December 8, 2014

2014 AECT International Convention Proves Productive for IDT Faculty and Students

Jacksonville, FL – A trip to the 2014 Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) International Convention in Jacksonville, FL proved to be very productive for the Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) Masters Program.  In November, faculty and students collaborated to give presentations, enjoyed other presentations about issues in IDT, as well as met and networked with scholars in the field.   

Dr. Jozenia Colorado, Chair and Associate Professor and Dr. Harvey Foyle, Professor in the IDT Department collaborated with students to give two different presentations, while one group of students presented on their own.  The following presentations were given:

  • Creating Augmented Reality Applications for Educational Environments, presented by Dr. Jozenia Colorado and IDT Students Ning Liu, Xianyu Liu, and Heishan Luo.  IDT Alum Patrick Resa also collaborated on the content of the presentation, but was unable to attend the convention.
  •  Cloud Computing: Reliability, Ownership, and Security, presented by Dr. Harvey Foyle and IDT Students Jingwei Chen, Lixiazi Lu, and Muxin Wang.
  • 3D Printing Technology, presented by Lin Lin, Eva Gyawali, Weiwei Ji, and Minji Park.

Students enjoyed the convention atmosphere.  IDT student Weiwei Ji said it was a great point of exposure to the IDT field.  “We were able to interact with the top scholars in the field and authors of our textbooks.  To me, I met the IDT celebrities!”

IDT student Lixiazi Lu felt the AECT convention atmosphere was very supportive of graduate students.  Lu collaborated on a roundtable presentation and said, “It was a friendly atmosphere in which we could discuss different perspectives of our topic.”

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.

As an international student from Nepal, IDT student Eva Gyawali was impressed with the representation from other countries.  Gyawali said, “AECT gave me the opportunity to meet people associated with my field from all over the world.”  While it was a little overwhelming to have met so many people from different countries and see their achievements in this field, Gyawali said, “it was a great learning experience and good opportunity to build national as well as international networks.”

Chinese IDT student Lin Lin agreed the experience was an opportunity to build international networks in the IDT field.  “I met the president of the AECT Affiliate of Hong Kong, China.  He is trying to establish a relationship between IDT professionals in China Mainland, Hong Kong, and the United States.” China Mainland is not very developed in the IDT field and Lin hopes her country can catch up with other countries.

Student travel was supported by funds from Emporia State University’s Graduate Office, the Associated Student Government in support of members of the Instructional Technology Student Association, The Teachers College Dean’s Office, as well as IDT Departmental funds.  Students volunteered their time working at registration and the technology support desk to off-set the cost of their registration fee. 

Dr. Colorado said the support given to these students was well worth it.  She enjoyed mentoring the students in preparation for their presentations.  “For most of them, this was their first professional presentation.  It is a wonderful feeling to watch them grow as presenters in the months leading up to the convention and then watch their final presentation in front of fellow IDT colleagues from all over the world.”

Dr. Colorado, who has been active in AECT governance groups over the last few years, had a few more accomplishments in addition to her presentation.  She began a new three-year appointment to the AECT Board (2014 -2017) as a representative of the Research and Theory Division.  She was also honored with a Special Service Award in appreciation for her dedicated service to AECT. 

The faculty in the IDT Department try to help students attend the AECT International Convention every year.  It is a valuable experience for both students and faculty alike. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

IDT Scholarship Fund Closes in on Endowment Level

It was less than a month ago when we first posted that we were getting close to endowment level on our scholarship fund.  As of today, we are less than $400 away from reaching our endowment level of $10,000. 

If you would like to help us reach our goal balance, please go to  Designate the amount you would like to give and under Designation, select Other.  Type “IDT Scholarship Fund (120935)” in the text input field.  (You can also give to our IDT Enhancement Fund which goes toward building and maintaining relationships with our students and alumni.  Insert IDT Enhancement Fund (520998).")  Select “Add Gift” and follow the remaining directions to complete your transaction.

 A sincere THANK YOU in advance.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New Certificate in eLearning and Online Teaching

The Instructional Design and Technology Department is offering a new, 12 hour graduate certificate in eLearning and online teaching. The worldwide market for eLearning reached $35.6 billion in 2011 and is expected to grow to $51.5 billion by 2016. The Kansas Occupational Outlook Handbook forecasts 24.7 percent growth through 2020 for instructional designers and coordinators. The certificate provides online learning designers and teachers with research-based, best practices in online teaching and learning.

Students can begin this certificate during the spring, summer or fall semester depending on course availability. The certificate can be completed in addition to the Master’s Degree in IDT.  The 4 classes required for the certificate also count towards the Master’s degree.  Current students wanting to add the certificate, can do so by paying a $20 application fee.  All current and prospective students are eligible to complete the certificate. Unfortunately, IDT alumni are not eligible.

For more information, please contact Dr. Zeni Colorado at or go to

IDT Student Scholarship Fund Close to Endowment Level

In July 2011, a scholarship fund was established to benefit Emporia State University students currently enrolled in the Instructional Design & Technology program.  Before we can begin awarding scholarships, the fund has to reach an endowment level with a balance of $10,000.  After three years, WE ARE CLOSE!  We would appreciate your help!  Every little bit will bring us closer to our goal balance.

If you would like to help us get to our goal balance, please go to  Designate the amount you would like to give and under Designation, select Other.  Type “IDT Scholarship Fund (120935)” in the text input field.  (You can also give to our IDT Enhancement Fund which goes toward building and maintaining relationships with our students and alumni.  Insert IDT Enhancement Fund (520998).")  Select “Add Gift” and follow the remaining directions to complete your transaction.  A sincere THANK YOU in advance.  At the moment we do not receive reports on who gives to this fund, so if you end up donating, please let us know!

New Faculty Member to Join IDT in January 2015

Dr. Insook Han will be joining the IDT family starting in January, 2015.  Dr. Han will be coming to ESU from Seoul, South Korea, where she is currently an Assistant Professor at Hanyang Cyber University.  She earned her doctorate of education in the area of Instructional Technology and Media from the Teachers College at Columbia University. Dr. Han’s areas of expertise include Emerging Technologies on Learning, Technology Use in K-12 Settings, and Teaching with Multimedia Technologies.  She has published in the Journal of Educational Computing Research, Teaching and Teacher Education, and Educational Technology International. She has given several presentations at AERA as well as ED-MEDIA. When you have the opportunity to do so, please give her a warm ESU IDT welcome!