Chapter published on personal learning environments

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I’m pleased to see that the chapter I wrote with co-author (and UM IDT alumnus) Michael Dowdy is now in print, as a part of the edited book by George Veletsianos of Royal Roads University. The book is titled “Emergence and Innovation in Digital Learning:Foundations and Applications”, and is published by Athabasca press. It is available for purchase, or as a free download. You can download the entire book, or download individual chapters. 

Our chapter is called “Issues in Research, Design, and Development of Personal Learning Environments”, and can be downloaded here (PDF).

IDT faculty search update

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I’m pleased to say we received a very large (68), and very strong group of applicants for our open faculty position in IDT. After reviewing all the applications, the search committee decided upon six finalists. The committee conducted videoconference interviews with those six finalists. We currently have invited two of the finalists for campus interviews.  All other applicants are still under consideration, and will be, until negotiations are concluded and a hire is made. On behalf of the committee, we thank the applicants for their interest in the Instructional Design and Technology program at the University of Memphis. I will post more updates, including the interview schedules as they are finalized. 

Fellow for Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning

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I got some good news recently:

Dr. Trey Martindale appointed Fellow of CITL

Dr. Trey Martindale, associate professor in Instructional Design and Technology, has been named a Fellow of the University of Memphis Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL). In this role, Martindale will advise CITL’s UM3D Instructional Impact team as they collaborate with faculty throughout the University to enhance student engagement.

Martindale’s expertise in online teaching and learning is widely recognized. He is a frequent consultant to other universities and their online efforts. His knowledge and skills have already contributed significantly to improving the quality of online programs at the UofM. “Trey brings a wealth of experience to the services of our instructional designers, Fair Josey and Leonia Houston,” said Roy Bowery, director of Distance Learning. “We are very fortunate to have him on our team.”

Project FitWizard

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Here is a write-up from our department about a new project I’m working on:

Project FitWizard: Increasing Physical Activity in Schools

Funded by the State of Tennessee Department of Health

$489,000 over three years (2013-2015)

Principal Investigator Ken Ward (Public Health). Co-Principal Investigators: Trey Martindale (Instruction and Curriculum Leadership), and Gerhild Ullman, Michelle Stockton, and Sami Yli-Pilpari, all of Health and Sport Sciences.

Our project responds to the call of the Institute of Medicine to implement physical activity (PA) throughout the school day and integrate PA into the curriculum beyond physical education courses. Educators will be taught via an online course about prevalent chronic health issues and about how regular PA can reduced a person’s risk of diabetes and obesity. We expect that educators’ increased awareness and knowledge is likely to enhance their perceptions of and attitudes towards the value of PA. We will harness the openness towards PA and support teachers’ efforts to integrate PA into their curricula.

To increase the use of PA throughout the school day, we will establish a statewide award system to recognize innovative curricula (lesson plans, etc.) that propose how to integrate PA in subjects other than physical education in grades one through twelve. We will also create a searchable web-based portal to collect and feature these teacher-designed curricula and materials. The goals of our project are (1) to increase teachers’, prospective teachers’ and administrators’ knowledge about the role of PA in improving health and reducing risk factors for diseases, and (2) to provide educators with innovative teaching resources about implementing PA throughout the school day.