Thursday, August 30, 2012

Help IDT at the ESU Graduate Opportunities Fair - Sept. 13

On September 13, 2012  ESU’s Graduate School will host a graduate fair on the ESU campus at 3:30 p.m. (Central).  You know the story, a bunch of tables hosted by less-than-thrilled,  graduate faculty members (probably wearing jackets with elbow patches) from various programs, standing at tables.  Zzzzzzz - Boring!  (IDT faculty members are the exception of course, and you all know that). 

But then I was thinking – The best way to tell everyone what our program has to offer is to highlight our IDT program students and alumni!  So, here’s what you can do:

1.       Login at    and join us with your webcams and headset/microphones – and help us tell the ESU IDT story to the visitors to our table!
2.       Plan a trip to Emporia and join us at the fair, in person! (Webb Hall, Memorial Union)

Whichever method you choose, September 13th will be YOUR opportunity to help us recruit more outstanding and award-winning students and alumni….just like YOU! 

(More info. at our IDT Facebook, Ning, and NEW ITSA Facebook page)

Friday, July 27, 2012

IDT Social at Johnny's Tavern - Aug. 2 - Overland Park, KS

(If you are planning to join us at the social, please take a minute to let us know at -   )

At the end of the first day of the SIDLIT Conference (Thursday, August 2) join IDT faculty, students, alumni, and friends at nearby Johnny’s Tavern  - 5 p.m., for some socializing and networking. ESU IDT will be providing FREE appetizers – ALL YOU CAN EAT – or until I run out of cash. You are on your own for full meals or adult beverages, however!

There will also be lots of ESU give-aways, courtesy of ESU-Kansas City (formerly ESU Metro Learning Center) and the Graduate School.
I hope those of you in the metro KC area can attend!

Since many of you will undoubtedly be unable to attend, we will do our best to take some embarrassing photos and post them on our IDT Ning and Facebook sites!

Johnny's Overland Park
6765 W. 119th Street
Overland Park, Kansas 66209

There are many Johnny’s locations, so be sure to show-up at the 119th Street location, or  you will be very lonely.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

16 ESU IDT Sessions at SIDLIT 2012!

That's right, 16 sessions will be presented by ESU IDT students, alumni, faculty, and instructors at SIDLIT 2012! What? You don't believe me? Here's the schedule -

Once again, C2C is hosting its free 2012 SIDLIT Conference at Johnson County Community College:  - and you can be a part of it.

Be sure to register soon, as the conference registration fills quickly each year.  In addition, IDT will have an exhibit table showing off our great program, our students and alumni!

At the end of the first day of the SIDLIT Conference (Thursday, August 2) join IDT faculty, students, alumni, and friends at a nearby establishment (approx. 5:00 p.m.) for some socializing and networking. I will see if I can gather-up some ESU give-aways from our Metro Learning Center and the Graduate School. I hope those of you in the metro KC area can attend!  I will let you know the place, once we figure that part out.  Since many of you will be unable to attend due to distance, we will do our best to take some photos and post them on our IDT Ning and Facebook sites!

Details below!

SIDLIT Conference (free) - August 2-3, 2012
Several IDT students, and alumni are presenting at and attending this conference.  If you are in the area, I hope you can attend.
The 13th Annual SIDLIT will be held on Thursday and Friday, August 2 - 3, 2012 at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS. The two-day institute includes presentations, topic-oriented special interest discussion groups, hands-on workshops, and demonstrations.

IDT Social and Networking Event - August 2, 2012 - 5 p.m.
At the end of the first day of the SIDLIT Conference (Thursday, August 2) join IDT faculty, students, alumni, and friends at a nearby eating establishment (approx. 5 p.m.) for some socializing and networking. IDT will provide FREE appetizers for everyone!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Dr. Ken Weaver named dean of Emporia State University’s Teachers College

Congratulations to our new dean of the Teachers College - Dr. Ken Weaver!  The IDT Department looks forward to even more success with your leadership and vision!

From the ESU press release -
An educator with more than 40 years experience in the profession is the new dean of The Teachers College at Emporia State University.

Dr. Ken Weaver, currently associate dean of the college, was named to the lead position Thursday, May 17, 2012. He replaces Dr. Phil Bennett, who retires June 9.
“After a national search, Dr. Weaver's track record as a leader having served as a department chair, interim dean and associate dean will be invaluable to The Teachers College as it continues its legacy of excellence,” said Provost Tes Mehring in making the announcement. “Ken is respected as an excellent teacher and scholar, and is actively engaged in his profession and university committees.”

Emporia State’s Teachers College is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a one of only three models for teacher education. It recently earned reaccreditation from NCATE, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

“Ken’s experience with accreditation in many disciplines housed within the college will position programs well for continued recognition,” Mehring added.

“The Teachers College has sustained excellence preparing professionals and serving Kansans for nearly 150 years,” Weaver said, noting that The Teachers College includes more than education preparation programs. It also includes nationally recognized and accredited undergraduate and graduate programs in mental health, rehabilitation services, art therapy, psychology, athletic training, recreation and leadership.

“As the new dean of The Teachers College, I look forward to engaging our students, faculty, staff and alumni as well as our P-12 partners in USD 253 and throughout the state, our community college partners, the business community and elected officials to create new opportunities for excellence.
“We must work together to provide the best opportunities to develop our students to meet the needs of the people of Kansas and the nation through teaching them, healing them and strengthening them,” Weaver said.

Weaver received his bachelor’s degree in biology and master’s of education degree in science education from the University of South Carolina and his Ph.D. in educational psychology from Columbia University.

He has served the Emporia State community since 1986, but his teacher career began long before that. In 1973, he served as a Peace Corps volunteers in rural public health education in a small fishing village in the Philippines. After returning to the United States, he taught seventh- and eighth-grade science in Aiken, S.C., and remains certified to teach middle- and high-school science in both South Carolina and Kansas.

During Weaver’s 26 years at Emporia State, he not only has taught education and psychology classes, but he also has directed the Emporia State Honors Program and the 1992 Kansas Regents Honors Academy. He has served as chair of the Department of Psychology and Special Education and associate dean and interim dean of The Teachers College. In 1999, Weaver was named the Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor.

A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Weaver recently finished chairing the American Psychological Association working group that developed national guidelines for credentialing high school psychology teachers. He received the 2002 Robert S. Daniel award for teaching excellence from APA's Society for Teaching of Psychology and the 2006 Florence L. Denmark National Faculty Advisor Award from Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology.

He currently is president of the Kansas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and has written more than 50 articles, 10 chapters, a study guide for a textbook and a book on statistics.

Weaver also is well-known in the Emporia community where he and his wife, Katherine, have raised four children. Weaver has served as a Boy Scout and Cub Scout leader and youth softball coach.

He credits the support of his family for much of his success. Katherine Weaver is a substitute teacher for Emporia Public Schools. Daughter Merriam Weaver graduated from Emporia State University and works as a rehabilitation counselor in Bowling Green, Ohio. Son Andrew is a graduate student at Kansas State University. Daughter Katie is completing her junior year at Emporia State and has been accepted to the pharmacy school at the University of Kansas in the fall. Daughter Janet plans to major in teacher education when she enters Emporia State in the fall.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

Wishing everyone a Happy Mother's Day! And just for fun, William Tell Momisms (also known as the Mom Song) by Comedian Anita Renfroe - (oh, and one more thing, AECT 2012 Convention Early Bird registration ends May 15!)

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Spring 2012 Master's Project Presentations

IDT Alumnus, Turki Al-Hareeri
Join us for our Spring 2012 semester Master's Project Presentations, Friday, May 11, 2012 in the Visser Hall Atrium (on the marginally attractive ESU campus), from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. (central). Social time and dinner immediately following (around 5 p.m.) at Coach’s -

You may join, either in person (ESU, Visser Hall Atrium) to visit with one of our 20 face to face presenters or visit with one of our online presenters in our virtual rooms in Adobe Connect-

Room 1:
1:00pm-1:30pm: Introductions and Special presentation of the PacifiCorp Design & Development Competition by the Oct 2011 finalist team of Jason Baker & Michael Stewart

Room 2:
1:30pm – 2:45pm: Julie Barker
3:00pm – 4:15pm: Abdul Maassarani

Room 3:
1:30pm – 2:45pm: Artheresa Best
3:00pm – 4:15pm: Jared Twitchell

Room 4:
1:30pm – 2:45pm: Debra Riley-Huff

Each link will feature a different presenter at the designated time.

Monday, April 23, 2012

National Business Education Association Recognizes ESU IDT Alumna Cynthia Johnson as Secondary Business Teacher of the Year

Cynthia Johnson and HusbandBoston, Massachusetts – Cynthia S. Johnson (at right, pictured with her husband Jerome) was awarded the Secondary Business Teacher of the Year Award at the National Business Education Association Conference, which was held in Boston, Massachusetts, April 3-7, 2012.  Honoring outstanding educators since 1978, Mrs. Johnson is the thirty-fifth educator to win this national award.

Mrs. Johnson (MS in Instructional Design and Technology, 2003) is a secondary business teacher at Jefferson County North High School (JCNHS) in Winchester, Kansas.  She has taught computer courses at JCNHS for twelve years and works with the web design and yearbook students.  This award is presented annually to a secondary business teacher who made significant contributions to the field of business education by implementing creative and innovative ideas in the classroom, by involvement in department or school activities, and by participation in professional organizations.  Nominations are made by a National Business Education Association member or by the executive boards of affiliated local, state, or regional associations.  After winning the regional teaching award at this summer’s Mountain Plains Business Education Association Conference, Mrs. Johnson was nominated by a collegiate colleague from Nebraska.  A panel of distinguished, anonymous judges evaluated each nomination packet to determine the award winner.

The National Business Education Association (NBEA) represents business educators from across the country and is the nation's leading professional organization devoted exclusively to serving individuals and groups engaged in business instruction, administration, and research.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

ESU IDT alumna Cindy Ehrstein recognized as a Kansas Master Teacher

ESU IDT alumna Cindy Ehrstein was recently selected as a 2012 Kansas Master Teacher. The awards are presented annually to teachers who have served the profession long and well and who also typify the good qualities of earnest and conscientious teachers. An 8th grade language arts teacher at Andover Central Middle School, Cindy earned her master’s degree in instruction Design and Technology and an ESOL endorsement from Emporia State University. Cindy will be recognized at the KS Master Teacher Awards dinner on April 4, 2012. Read more about Cindy Ehrstein, her accomplishments, and the annual KS Master Teacher Awards.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

AECT Elections - Now in progress, until March 8

I want to encourage all IDT students/alumni who are members of The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) to login and vote. Elections will be open until March 8, 2012.

Remember, AECT members can join as many divisions as desired (at no cost) and may vote in any of the division elections. ESU IDT alumnus (and Old Dominion University Ph.D. candidate), Enilda Romero is on the ballot for the Research and Theory Division (Secretary).

Not a member, yet? The $75 Student Membership comes with all Member Benefits, including free online access to many publications, such as The Handbook of Research for Educational Communications and Technology (All editions) - (quite a deal!),  a one-year subscription to TechTrends For Leaders in Education and Training, and other member-only benefits.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

AECT 2012 Convention - March 2 proposal deadline approaches

I hope some of you will submit proposals to present at the 2012 AECT International Convention in Louisville, KY.  The gateway to submissions with the complete Call for Proposals is available at

In addition to concurrent sessions, roundtable and poster sessions are available (always a good way to start for newbies). Concurrent session and Workshop session dates for our Louisville Convention are as follows -
Concurrent Sessions: October 31-November 3
Workshop Sessions: Tuesday, October 30, Wednesday, October 31, & Saturday, November 3

Once at the site, you will find hints on creating Effective Proposals, and of course our Proposal  Login for submissions.

Included in the plethora of information at the call for proposals page, you will find our numerous session types with descriptions. If you are unsure of the suitability of your proposal to a particular group, feel free to contact me.

We plan to close submissions on March 2, 2012, 11:59 p.m. (Eastern).

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

ESU IDT Alum chosen as week's Top Influencer in LinkedIn Group

David Swisher, ESU IDT alumnus and Learning Management Systems Coordinator Tabor College was recently chosen as the week's top influencer in the LinkedIn group - Curriculum Development & e-Learning Professionals. In addition, his discussions were on the top of the most popular discussions list. Congratulations to David for making a difference in the world of online and distance learning!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

2012 AECT International Convention - Visit to Louisville

World's largest baseball bat!

The 2012 AECT International Convention planning team made a short (2 day) site visit to Louisville, KY in December 2011. We made visits to the Muhammad Ali Center, the Louisville Science Center, and marvelous attractions on Museum Row on Main. Prior to our tour of Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, we seized the opportunity to have our photo taken in front of the world’s largest baseball bat. The Galt House Hotel (our convention venue) was beautifully decorated for the holidays.  Walking through the hotel and checking-out the rooms needed for our concurrent sessions, panels, roundtables, and poster sessions, brought back many fond memories from our 2009 convention at the Galt House.  As a matter of fact, I still remembered many of the rooms and the presenters who used them (shades of Simonides and Method of Loci, I suppose?).
Speaking of rooms, staying at the Galt House also refreshed my memory about the spacious guest rooms in the Galt House. Not only are the guest rooms large (most notably the reasonably-priced suites), but they are also impeccably clean and comfortable. Hint: If you have some additional funds for your stay in Louisville, be sure to pay a little extra for a suite; it’s worth the price.
Hitting a home run with Big Pappi's bat.

On the planning end of things, our 2012 convention planning team (consisting of planners from divisions, affiliates, committees, and other partners) started working the last day of our Jacksonville convention and has already met via Adobe Connect. Division/affiliate descriptions have been updated and the All-Academic proposal submission site is up and running.  Soon, I hope you will take some time to prepare and submit a proposal (or two).  Doing so will reduce your stress as the March 2 closing date approaches. More importantly, getting your proposals submitted well in advance will reduce MY stress (and high blood pressure) as I wait for all of those last minute submissions. I'm excited about our 2012 convention. Let's knock it out of the park!

Thursday, January 12, 2012