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Instructional Technology (IT)

We are happy to announce the launch of our new fully online Master’s degree in Instructional Technology with an emphasis in online learning environments. We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2012, please visit for more information.


February 2012

Dr. Jason Caudill recently completed UT's Summer Teaching Institute and UT's Office of Research Certificate in Grant Writing and Proposal Development. Dr. Caudill also has a new journal article out:

Terrell, R. and Caudill, J.  (2011).  OpenCourseWare: Open Sharing of Course Content and Design.  The Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges 27(3), pp 38-42.

December 2011

Congratulations to our recent graduates!

Rhonda Bishop, M.S.
Robin Witherspoon, M.S.
Lila Holt, Ph.D.

We also would like to welcome Dr. Lila Holt in her new role as Adjunct Assistant Professor!

In Fall 2011, Debra Lee, PhD candidate, was invited to Jordan by the U.S. Department of State to provide teacher training workshops at the American Language Center in Amman. In presenting the workshops, Debra demonstrated the use of technology for English for Specific Purposes language courses, helped create a language school wiki, and provided guidance to the Center Director on improving their technology infrastructure.

May 2011
Congratulations to all of our recent graduates:

Yiyang Fan, Ed.S.
Jennifer Glaab, M.S.
Almut Haboeck, M.S.
Kiki Roeder, M.S.
Lesli Rowan, M.S.
Connie Shih, Ed.S.
Michael Sturgeon, Ph.D.
Susan Sutton, Ph.D.
Dan Wang, M.S.

Best wishes to you!

May 2011

Congratulations to Dr. Jason Caudill, whose proposal was selected to be part of the UT Faculty Summer Institute.
Dr. Caudill will be creating an online version of his course on Computer Lab Management.

March 2011
Faculty and students present at SITE 2011

Instructional Technology & LEEDS were well-represented at this year’s Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education Conference in Nashville. Below is a listing of student and faculty presentations.

Virginia Britt
Using Podcasts to Replace Lecture: Effects on Student Achievement (with Dr. Blanche O’Bannon, Jennifer Lubke, Jeffrey Beard)

Dr. Jason Caudill
       A Multi-Discipline Approach to Selecting a New Learning Management System (with V. Stephens, H. Beecher, & C. Catlett)
      Attracting, Retaining, and Retraining Skill Workers Through E-Learning (with B. Reeves)
      Media-rich Social Networks: Open Source Solutions to Media Creation

John Cummins, TaoTao Long, & Dr. Michael Waugh
Technology Enbabled, Active Learning (TEAL) classrooms: How well do they work? (with J. Logan and A. Sherfy)

Lila Holt
Creating Digital Stories with Scratch to Promote Computational Thinking

Debra Lee & John Cummins
Research Approaches in Computer-Assisted Language Learning Journals: Gender as a Prism

TaoTao Long
How to Improve Online Instructor’s Instructional Performance: Suggestions from Learners

Connie Shih & Dr. Michael Waugh
Web 2.0 Tools for Learning in Higher Education: The Presence Of Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, Microblogs, Facebook and Ning

Dr. Michael Waugh & Jian Su
Online Program Design and Student Attrition: Feedback from Students

February 2011
Copyright law and distance education

Elizabeth DeGeorge, recent graduate of the Instructional Technology Master's program, did a training presentation on Copyright a few weeks ago for trainers who work for the state of TN. She gave an overview of the history of copyright including a discussion of the Constitutional purpose, the 6 rights of copyright, an overview of fair use and a discussion of the four factors for determining fair use as well as how to judge the balance of fair versus unfair use. Participants worked through a number of scenarios, giving them the opportunity of practicing judgment of whether a certain use would be fair use or not. Participants talked about public domain and resources available in the public domain, the history of major US and international Copyright Laws and looked closely at the Teach Act of 2002 especially in relation to Distance Education and including rules for online storage. They also took a look at Creative Commons and its impact on the availability of intellectual property. Lastly, participants took a look at tools for requesting permission to use copyright protected materials.

February 2011
21st Century Workplace Skills

Debra Lee, doctoral candidate in IT, was invited to write-up two "lesson plans" by TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) for an APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) project to help teachers/students develop 21st Century Workplace Skills. All the tips can be found here.

Debby's two tips are on these pages.

Education Beyond the Classroom: Using the World Wide Web Effectively


Collaborative Writing with Wikis

February 2011
Faculty present at Educause Learning Initiative Annual Meeting

Dr. Gina Phipps (Adjunct Faculty and Manager of Instructional Development & Training and Interim Associate CIO) and Dr. Trena Paulus (Associate Professor) traveled to Washington, D.C. with Dr. Jean Derco (Executive Director, OIT Support Organization) to present at the Educause Learning Initiative's Annual Meeting. They presented findings from their study entitled: Faculty Research on Technology Integration:
Strengthening Studies and Improving Institutional Support. While there they had a chance to stop by and say hello to President and Mrs. Obama (not really, but at least we saw the White House!)


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Updated 05/08/2012

For more information on the IT programs, contact:

Lisa Yamagata-Lynch, Ph.D
Associate Professor and Coordinator
1122 Volunteer Blvd.
525 Jane & David Bailey Education Complex
Knoxville, TN 37996-3452
Phone: 865-974-7712

For application information, contact:

Christine Tidwell
421 Philander P. Claxton Education Complex
1122 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3452 Phone: 865-974-3103
Fax: 865-974-8103

For general information for the Department of Educational Psychology & Counseling:

Contact EPC

535 Jane & David Bailey Education Complex
1122 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3452

Phone: 865-974-8145
Fax: 865-974-0135