Foundational Studies Program
The Foundational Studies Program (FSP) is pleased to welcome Katie Strittmatter who will provide assistance supporting the ePortfolio program and assessment at Boise State. Katie has a research background in general education and assessment. She has also worked a great deal with faculty at the University of Idaho and Eastern Idaho Technical College navigating curricular alignments. Katie earned her B.S. in Education from the University of Idaho and her M.Ed. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Katie also is pursuing her doctorate in the College of Education at Boise State.
At the University of Idaho, Katie focused on student retention and success. She created academic programs benefitting the University of Idaho students, faculty, and stakeholders. Katie enjoys spending time with family, riding horses, and restoring furniture.
We welcome her to our team as we work toward helping Boise State faculty incorporate e-portfolios and assessment in the undergraduate curriculum. Katie’s office is located in RFH116 on the first floor of Riverfront Hall and can be reached at 208-426-4090. Please join us in welcoming Katie to Boise State!
We are pleased to announce that Barbara Schroeder has recently been appointed as the Interim e-Portfolio Program Manager for Boise State University for the 2014-15 academic year. Boise State’s e-Portfolio program provides a powerful learning tool for students to connect their learning across classes and experiences. Using digital technology, Boise State is supporting students’ need to practice and demonstrate “soft skills” and deep content knowledge across environments. Students now have a platform to them to “show what they know” to employers, graduate schools and on grant applications.
Dr. Schroeder enjoys sharing her knowledge of technology and online learning and collaborating with faculty across disciplines. We are excited about the experience she brings in the fields of emerging technologies, online learning, alternative assessments, and digital literacy.
Dr. Schroeder also serves as a Clinical Associate Professor for the Department of Educational Technology’s online master’s degree program and has served in various faculty positions with the Department of Educational Technology for the past 12 years. Dr. Schroeder has been involved in various Boise State University projects, including being the Principle Investigator for the SpecialEd Para2Teacher Project. She has also worked for Academic Technologies at Boise State as an Instructional Design Consultant, consulting with and advising faculty members.
Dr. Schroeder received her bachelors’ degree in English Teaching her M.S. degree in Educational Technology, and her Ed.D. degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Boise State University.
For more information about the e-Portfolio Program at Boise State University, please see http://academics.boisestate.edu/fsp/foundational-studies-program/eportfolios/
The UF 300 class taught by Elizabeth Cook made some important connections on their first day in class. Yes, the students made these connections mentally, but they also got the opportunity to make these connections physically come to life. To bring those connections to life, the students were asked to split up into groups based upon their majors. Within the groups, they had to write down ten skills that they use for their major, five positive assumptions people make about their major, and five negative assumptions people make about their major. The students were then given yarn and asked to connect a skill that their group listed to the same skill that another group listed. After all of the yarn was taped from white board to white board, the students were left standing in the midst of a massive web somehow connecting each and everyone one of them. Though this scenario provides the opportunity to work as a team and gain more experience dealing with leading and following, communication, and how to work efficiently, it also provides more. Seeing and creating the connections from discipline to discipline helps break down the wall that every major is always learning completely different ideas and skills. As one student said, “I was surprised to discover that we are all learning essentially the same skills. It doesn’t matter what your major is, you still need to learn how to communicate and problem solve.” Like this student, the rest of the class was surprised at the connections they made. These students are READY to take on the challenge of innovative and creative thinking in UF 300 and all of their Boise State classes!