News & Announcements

Faculty Announcements and Recent Research

Developing Online Courses in Nursing Education Textbook

A collaborative effort from the Department of Educational Technology & Literacy at Towson University and The University of Maryland School of Nursing resulted in the publication of Developing Online Courses in Nursing Education. Doctoral student, Matt Rietschel, and doctoral alumna, Professor Cheryl Fisher worked hard as editors for the fourth edition of the textbook. Doctoral program director, Professor Bill Sadera, doctoral alumna, Professor Kathy Gould, and current doctoral student, Shannon Tucker, also contributed to chapters.

Bibliography

Published Chapters from TU Faculty

O’Niel, C., Fisher [SB1], C. & Rietschel, M. (2019). Developing Online Learning Environments in Nursing Education (4th ed.). New York, NY: Springer. doi:10.1891/9780826140579

Rietschel, M. J. (2019). Technical Considerations to Support Learning Environments. In C. A. O’Niel, C. A. Fisher & M. Rietschel (Eds.), Developing online learning environments in nursing education (4th ed.). New York, NY: Springer.

Rietschel, M. J. (2019.). Technology and Online Learning. Developing Online Learning Environments in Nursing Education. In C. A. O’Niel, C. A. Fisher & M. Rietschel (Eds.), Developing online learning environments in nursing education (4th ed.). New York, NY: Springer.

Sadera, W. & Gould, K. (2019). Theoretical applications in continuing education. In C. A. O’Niel, C. A. Fisher & M. Rietschel (Eds.), Developing online learning environments in nursing education (4th ed.). New York, NY: Springer.

Sadera, W. & Gould, K. (2019). Reflections on pedagogy in online learning. In C. A. O’Niel, C. A. Fisher & M. Rietschel (Eds.), Developing online learning environments in nursing education (4th ed.). New York, NY: Springer.

Tucker, S., & Rietschel, M. J. (2019). Flexible Learning Environments. Developing Online Courses in Nursing Education. In C. A. O’Niel, C. A. Fisher & M. Rietschel (Eds.), Developing online learning environments in nursing education (4th ed.). New York, NY: Springer.



The Handbook of Problem Based-Learning

Department chair, Professor Mahnaz Moallem collaborated with faculty from the University of North Dakota and George Mason University to publish the first Handbook of Problem-Based Learning. The first book of its kind to present a collection of original essays that integrate the research and practice of problem-based learning in one comprehensive volume. With contributions from an international panel of leading scholars, researchers, practitioners and educational and training communities, the handbook is an authoritative, definitive, and contemporary volume that clearly demonstrates the impact and scope of research-based practice in problem-based learning (PBL).

Common Ground Conference

Professor Moallem was a featured speaker at the Common Ground Conference this past summer in Ocean City. The paper that Professor Moallem presented was nominated for best paper at the conference and will be published in a book entitled “Online Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.”

Dr. Andrea Parrish: One of the Daily Record’s 2019 Leading Women

The Daily Record named doctoral alumna, Dr. Andrea Parrish, one of their 2019 Leading Women. Winners were selected based on their professional experience and a commitment to inspiring change.

Scholarship

Recent Publications and Presentations

Cai, Q. (2019). Designing learning journals to enhance online discussion among in-service teachers in a graduate course. In K. Graziano (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference (pp. 1137-1142). Las Vegas, NV, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. 

Robinson, D. (2019). A school library diversity model and assessment guide: Universal Design, best teaching practices and cultural competencies. Knowledge Quest: A Journal of the American Association of School Librarians, 48(2), E1-E5.

Robinson, D. & McFadden, C. (2018). Sexuality in a diverse society: Perspectives on the Quality Matters/Gold Review Process for online course transition. International Journal of Technology in Teaching and Learning, 14(2), 65-80.

Robinson, D. and McFadden, C. (2019). Designer and peer reviewer perspective on Quality Matters (QM) and a Gold Reviewer. Session presented at The Lilly Conference, Bethesda, Maryland.

Robinson, D. and McFadden, C. (2019). Online course redesign: Impact of Gold Review and Quality Matters (QM). Session presented at The Maryland Distance Leaning Association Conference, Linthicum, Maryland.

Parrish, A. & Sadera, W. (2019) Application of the 1:1 Learning Environment Competencies for Teachers. Paper presented at ISTE 2019 Conference. Philadelphia, PA

Parrish, A. & Sadera, W. (2019) Application of the One-to-One Learning Environment Competencies to Support Teacher Readiness and Technology Integration. Paper presented at the annual international conference for the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, Las Vegas, NV

Parrish, A., Sadera, W. & McNary, S. (2019) Validation of Teaching Competencies Needed to Facilitate Instruction in Student-Centered, One-to-One Learning Environments. Paper presented at the annual international conference for the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, Las Vegas, NV

Parrish A. & Sadera, W. (in press).  A review of faculty development models that build teacher educators’ technology competencies. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education

Shargel, R. & Twiss, L. (2019). Evidenced-based thinking for scientific thinking. Development of Scientific Thinking in Higher Education. London: Palgrave Macmillan Press. Eds. K. Balloo & M. Murtonin.

 

Student and Alumni Announcements

  • Instructional Technology Master’s alumna, Cynthia Ford accepted a new position as the Instructional Designer/Training Facilitator at Kelly And Associates Insurance Group.
  • Current doctoral student Alexis Guethler started a new position as the Curriculum Specialist for Continuing Education and Workforce Development programs at Anne Arundel Community College.
  • Doctoral Alumna LaTonya Dyer started a new position as Executive Director of the Instructional Resource Center for Advanced Academic Programs, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Doctoral Alumna, Andrea Parrish started a new position as Director of Development and Learning Systems, at IDEALS Institute, Johns Hopkins University.
  • School Library Media Alumna met up in September to attend the School Library Journal Summit for ongoing professional development. Alumna, Ali Schlipp was a featured speaker and led a discussion on equity in the school library setting.
  • Doctoral student Heather Swinder accepted a new position as assistant principal at Dundalk Elementary School.
  • Doctoral alumna Lisa Twiss started a new position as the Director of Curriculum Design and Development in the Open Studies program at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).
  • Educational Technology Masters Alumna and doctoral student Lauren Zizwarek, started a new position as Spanish teacher at Ridgley Middle School.

Student Scholarships and Awards

  • Doctoral student Lisa Carey was the recipient of the Towson University Graduate Studies Terminal Degree Fellowship 19-20.
  • Master’s student, Olivia Collison received the College of Education General Scholarship and the Tilly and Sol Strauss Scholarship Endowment.
  • Doctoral student, Shannon Tucker received the Burton, Dietz, Jones, Rosecrans Graduate Fellowship in Instructional Technology.

Instructional Technology Conferences

Conference attendee

EdMedia + Innovate Learning Conference

EdMedia + Innovate Learning Conference spans all disciplines and levels of education attracting researchers and practitioners in the field from 70+ countries. This annual conference offers a forum for the discussion and exchange of research, development, and applications on all topics related to innovation and education.
Conference date: June 1-5, 2020
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) Conference

The IASL Annual Conference provides a space for school librarians, teachers, administrators, researchers, and all those with an interest in education and libraries to explore how school librarians effect change, empower learners and positively contribute to education. 
Conference date: June 8-20, 2020
Location: Centon, TX

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference is a meeting of a passionate community of global educators who believe in the power of technology to transform teaching and learning, accelerate innovation and solve tough problems in education.
Conference date
: June 28-July 1, 2020
Location: Anaheim, CA