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INSYS Research Class Reaps Immediate Results for Graduate Students

Graduate students enrolled in last spring's INSYS 594 course have been particularly successful at having their work accepted at major conferences.
By Laura Ormsby (August 2007)

 

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Graduate students enrolled in one of last spring's Instructional Systems (INSYS) courses have been particularly successful at having their work accepted for presentation at major conferences.

Eighteen of the total 29 students in last spring's INSYS 594, a graduate course in research apprenticeship, presented at either the April 2007 American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting, the Fall 2006 meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), or both.

"We are getting roughly two-thirds of the students in INSYS 594 to be authoring research at these important venues," noted Christopher Hoadley, associate professor of instructional systems.

"It is apparent to me that the INSYS program's decision to implement the research apprenticeship is paying off for students, for faculty members, for Penn State, and for the field," said Kyle Peck, associate dean for outreach, technology, and international programs. "During the class, students—individually or in small groups—work side-by-side on research with faculty members."

Penn State's College of Education was well represented both by faculty and by graduate students at the two conferences. At the AERA meeting, a total of 148 people from the College presented. Of those, 21 students and seven faculty members were from the INSYS graduate program.

AERA held its annual meeting April 9-13 in Chicago. The Association is, according to its mission statement, Òconcerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and, by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.Ó

AECT's mission is Òto provide international leadership by promoting scholarship and best practices in the creation, use, and management of technologies for effective teaching and learning in a wide range of settings.Ó The organization's annual meeting, which is the Instructional Systems field's biggest annual conference, was last held in Dallas in October 2006.

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