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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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.