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IDE 843 – Dissertation Research Seminar – Fall 2012

IDE 843: Dissertation Research Seminar
Thursday, 4:00 – 6:45 pm
For more information, contact, Nick Smith nlsmith@syr.edu .

Got those dissertation doldrums? Can’t seem to make progress on your dissertation proposal in spite of that nagging feeling that that you should be further along by now? Well, do we have the course for you!

IDD&E announces the 2012 release of “IDE 843 – Dissertation Research Seminar”, an amusing little face-to-face course designed to speed you along your way toward successful proposal development and ultimate dissertation fulfillment.

This engaging Dissertation Research Seminar is open to all doctoral students regardless of program or prior course experience, whether you are a fresh, first-semester doctoral newbie, or a seasoned, 3rd year+ old hand. Using worksheets, readings, many examples, and lots of sharing, you will be whisked along through such topics as how to select an exciting dissertation problem, the care and feeding of dissertation committee members, creating a captivating research problem statement, and how to impress family and neighbors with your methodological wizardry. At the end of the course, you will feel the happy exhaustion and glowing pride of having produced a compelling dissertation prospectus, suitable for framing, or for enticing reluctant faculty to join your dissertation committee.

Come join us for the dissertation fun. At a minimum, we promise you a weekly, sympathetic support group.

IDE 843: Dissertation Research Seminar
Thursday, 4:00 – 6:45 pm
For more information, contact, Nick Smith nlsmith@syr.edu .

[No long-term negative side effects from attendance in this course are known to exist. Only to be taken under a doctor’s (phd) supervision. Not suitable for young Master’s students. Results may vary. ]

Where in the World is Romi?

By Jen Reece-Barnes

Everyone in the IDD&E department has heard of Alexander Romiszowski, or Romias he is affectionately referred to by those in the know. He is somewhat of a legend in the department actually. I have never met him personally but I have heard a lot about him. Every professor I have had has mentioned him at one time or another and I know he exists because I have seen his overflowing department mailbox, but where is this guy they call Romi? I finally tracked him down in Mozambique and here is what Romihad to say about his whereabouts:
Greetings from Sunny Africa!
I send this update message to IDDE from Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique, having just stepped off a plane which brought me here from Lichinga, near the Malawi border. I am here just starting a new project, to support and develop three regional training centers for public servants. It will involve several sub-projects, from re-equipping and refurbishing buildings that have not seen any maintenance since the civil war some 15 years ago, to installing a state of the art e-learning system capable of providing continuing professional development opportunities to public servants at the municipal level across the whole of the country. One of the schools is here in Maputo, where the technology infrastructure is quite good. Another is in Lichinga, which I have just visited for the first time, and I can tell you that the infrastructure is not at all good. The third is in a town called Beira, a seaport on the Indian Ocean, and I have yet to visit that one (next week).
As for my recent projects,I spent a total of about eight months last year at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN for short). As the name implies, this is a distance-learning institution with some 60K or 100K students. Is that not a rather big range? Well, it is about 100K if you look at the registrations and about 60K if you check who is actually doing any course work. TheIDD&E community is I think quite familiar with that sort of situation. Indeed if we were to throw away three zeros –or erase the letters K attached to the above numbers, we may feel quite at home.
The NOUN students are served by nearly 40 regional learning centers distributed across the country. Many, though not all, of these have Internet access for simple email communication, but few have access to broadband and, more importantly, nearly everywhere in Nigeria seems to be subject to almost daily power outages, sometimes lasting for an hour or two and sometimes a day or two. So, not surprisingly, NOUN has, to date, relied principally on print-based learning modules as the principal medium of instruction. My work there last year was principally focused on improving the quality of these learning materials –that is, good old IDD&E principles put into practice on a large scale. I had some 60 faculty members to work with, so had to try to work with several smaller writing workshops in parallel. I counted that in 100 working days, I gave over 50 days of full-time 6-hours-per-day workshops. I loved every minute of it.
Well folks, that‟s all for this time. Maybe next time I can send you a report from wildest Mozambique. But I will be back at NOUN also later this year, and this time my task will be to implement an IDD&E Master‟s program, quite similar to the one we all know and love so well –except that it will be 100% distance-learning. Maybe some time in the future I will get around to writing something about how that is going.

Cheers,
Romi.

Opening of the DiVA Lab (Digital Video Analysis)

February 18 was the official opening of the DiVA Lab (Digital Video Analysis), a new cutting-edge digital research facility and interactive classroom. The new lab is the result of a major NSF grant awarded to IDDE Associate Professor Alan Foley.

IDDE doctoral student Kevin Forgard (left) and Project Advance Director (and IDDE alum) Gerald S. Edmonds Director check out the new technology resources in the DiVA lab.

IDDE doctoral student Kevin Forgard (left) and Project Advance Director (and IDDE alum) Gerald S. Edmonds Director check out the new technology resources in the DiVA lab.

Shanron demonstrates her use of digital video research tool

Science Teaching Professor Sharon Dotger demonstrates her use of the digital video research tool, StudioCode to School of Cultural Foundations Professor Sari Biklen. The laptop in front of Dr Biklen is running iAdvocate, a iPhone application Alan Foley has been developing.

Demonstrating the new iPhone app iAdvocate using the new interactive Smartboard in the DiVA lab

Demonstrating the new iPhone app iAdvocate using the new interactive Smartboard in the DiVA lab

Faculty, students, and staff from across the Syracuse University campus explore the new lab and make connections.

Faculty, students, and staff from across the Syracuse University campus explore the new lab and make connections.

Alan Foley presents at Writing Our Lives Workshop

Alan FoleyDr. Alan Foley taught a workshop session entitled “Digital Composing” at the second annual Writing Our Lives community event.

Around 150 students, from sixth through 12th grades, participated in free writing workshops at the event held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at Percy Hughes Magnet School. Students came from the Syracuse City School District and the greater Syracuse area. Writing Our Lives is planned and developed by Dr. Marcelle Haddix, assistant professor of reading and language arts at SU.

Around 150 students, from sixth through 12th grades, participated in free writing workshops at the second annual Writing Our Lives community event held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at Percy Hughes Magnet School. Students came from the Syracuse City School District and the greater Syracuse area.

via mysouthsidestand.com

Koszalka elected ETR&D Book Editor

Dr. Tiffany Koszalka

Dr. Tiffany Koszalka

Dr. Tiffany Koszalka has recently been nominated and elected as the new Educational Technology Research & Development (ETR&D) Book Review Editor.

The ETR&D Book Review Editor is an elected three-year position managed by the Research Editor for ETR&D and is responsible for identifying books that merit a review, finding a qualified reviewer, getting a copy of the book sent by the publisher to the reviewer, advising the reviewer of expectations, and doing a final editorial review of the piece.

Dr. Koszalka’s term commences September 1, 2010.

Lei awarded grant from NSF

Dr. Jing Lei has recently been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for her work on “Achievements and Challenges of Modeling-based Instruction (ACMI) in Science Education from 1980-2008”.

Dr. Lei is Co-PI on the $248,000 grant. She is also PI on a $91, 973 subgrant.

Foley Receives Grant from National Science Foundation

Dr. Alan Foley is the Principal Investigator (PI) on the DiVA (Digital Video Analysis) project finded by a  $473,434 grant from the National Science Foundation

The purpose of DiVA is to develop infrastructure that will be used to capture and analyze video data.  The grant is part of the Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) and provides for  the acquisition and implementation of DV capturing and analysis infrastructure over a three-year period.  The MRI program serves to increase access to shared tools and infrastructure for research and research training.

NSF
This lab will provide research experiences for undergraduate and graduate students in multiple disciplines using leading-edge tools and techniques as well. This lab will also provide instructional computing resources for SOE educational activities, with priority being given to providing support to projects included in this 3 year grant, and any other research activities that capture, code, transcribe and analyze DV data

This grant has added to the project the building of significant administrative and support capacity within the School of Education technology support apparatus. We are including training, hardware, and software to streamline the administration and maintenance of the computer labs (Apple Remote Desktop 3.3), and loaning software (Check In/Out Organizer Pro, v2.2) to facilitate and regulate inventory and access to equipment.

The project is headed by Dr. Foley, Associate Professor in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation and it includes 5 other SU faculty involved in research in the following areas: Science Education, Teacher Education, Instructional Technology, Linguistics, and Communication and Rhetorical Studies. These projects, located across campus, pursue questions that necessitate the collection and analysis of large quantities of digital video data. This project will enhance extant research and enable planned research that is not currently possible at Syracuse University. DV data analysis allows for repeated and detailed examination of footage and increased analytic accuracy

Curiosity Creek awarded E-nitiative grant

Tiffany Koszalka, IDDE associate professor, will work with Marilyn Arnone, an associate research professor in Syracuse’s iSchool, to create Curiosity Creek, an after-school computer club that will engage middle schoolers and college students in entrepreneurship.

The project is made possible, in part, through an E-nitiative award. E-nitiative (the Syracuse Campus-Community Entrepreneurship Initiative) is funded by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, Mo., focusing on entrepreneurship in the arts, technology, and our neighborhoods. For more about E-nitiative, visit www.entrepreneurship.syr.edu.

Curiosity Creek” is an environmentally-themed after-school computer club that uses innovative storytelling to engage middle school students in entrepreneurial activities. The students develop knowledge of the environment and improve their reading, writing, and technological skills by creating new materials for the Curiosity Creek Web site, designed by Arnone for K-2 students. Club members will learn to assess their audience’s needs; design, develop and test unique technology-based products; and present their product to the public. Koszalka and Arnone will also create and test online modules to help SU students develop better entrepreneurial, innovation, and creative educational product development skills.

Koszalka and Arnone hope to eventually expand their project, with ideas that include a television show, a summer camp and overseas work. The project was selected by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) to be showcased at its annual convention in Kentucky in October as an example of outstanding instructional design in practice and a promising program for students’ development.

IDD&E at AERA 2010

This spring, faculty, students, and graduates from IDD&E presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting. The AERA conference took place this year in Denver, Colorado, from April 30-May 4, 2010. The theme for the meeting was “Understanding Complex Ecologies in a Changing World.”

IDD&E presenters were Associate Professor Dr. Alan Foley, Assistant Professor Dr. Jing Lei, and doctoral students Yin Wah B. Kreher (M.S., IDD&E 2005), who was recently appointed Division C Graduate Student Committee Junior Co-Representative, and Liangyue “Monnie” Lu. The AERA presentations included the following:

Foley, A., and Bennett, A. (2010, May). Beyond accessibility: Toward a broader view of disability in Internet standards. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Denver, CO.

Lei, J. (2010, May). The ecology of ubiquitous computing: Lessons from a longitudinal study. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Denver, CO.

Lei, J. (2010, May). Technology integration into teaching: A human performance technology perspective. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Denver, CO.

Lei, J. (2010, May). Technology use and digital competencies: A close examination of the “Digital Natives.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Denver, CO.

Lu, L., Kreher, Y., & Lei, J. (2010, May). Learning by design: Technology preparation for preserviceteachers. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Denver, CO.

Graduates of IDD&E that presented their work at the conference included Dr. Deniz Eseryel (Ph.D., IDD&E 2006), and Dr. Chun-Ping Wu (M.S., IDD&E 2007; Ph.D., IDD&E 2008). Dr. Stephen Moore (M.S., IDD&E 2006; Ph.D., IDD&E 2008), was also in attendance. For more information on AERA, please visit their website at http://www.aera.net.

The AERA 2011 Annual Meeting will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, from April 8-12, and the theme will be “Inciting the Social Imagination: Education Research for the Public Good.”