The Washington State University College of Education has a rich history of involvement with the Educational Testing Service, based in Princeton, NJ. We’ve had alumni work there, current students intern there, faculty members chair different groups or committees there. Our ties usually come from the college’s Educational Psychology program. After all, it makes sense: these are individuals who are experts in psychometrics, measurement and evaluation, and much more. All things that would attract the attention of ETS and satisfy that organization’s needs. However, Chioma Ezeh bucks that trend. She’s a doctoral students in Language, Literacy, and Technology, not Ed Psych, and she just completed a two-month internship with ETS. We sat down with Chioma and talked about how ETS actually looks for other unique perspectives such as hers, plus, what it was like to be across the country doing this work with her family in tow.
At Washington State University, one aspect of the Drive to 25 initiative is to increase enrollment of international students. To achieve this, WSU became one of 11 universities in the United States to partner with INTO. INTO is a private organization that partners with universities to connect potential students with opportunities in higher education. Chad Gotch is an assistant professor and the INTO coordinator for the Educational Psychology program and he spoke with us about the dynamics and impact of INTO.
Washington State University’s Learning and Performance Research Center (LPRC) hosts its sixth annual Methods Workshop May 10-11, 2018.
The LPRC isn’t alone in its sponsorship. It’s joined by the College of Education’s Educational Psychology, CAHNRS’ Department of Human Development, and the College of Arts and Science’s Department of Psychology.
There are multiple entities involved because of the importance of the workshop and its potential for changing outcomes.
In preparation for this year’s workshop, we take a look back at last year’s.
For stage actors, it’s not just about what is said, but how it’s said. And the body language that is used. The same can be said for teachers. Educational psychology doctoral student David Alpizar talks about something called “signaling,” which can be a variety of ways to emphasize thing for students; to draw their attention. Specifically, how signaling can be effective in a multimedia classroom, where a lot of stimuli wrestle for the attention of students.
This might sound like a no-brainer, but something that captivates a students’ attention, will help them to then better engage in the lesson, activity, discussion, or what have you.
Personal interest is something that is more long-term… more innate… it’s value-based.
Situtational interest is something that teachers often have incredible ability to control, and it’s the ability to gain the attention and engage the students.
At least that’s the really basic way to describe it.
We caught up with Nathaniel Hunsu at this year’s Academic Showcase at Washington State University. Nathaniel since has earned his Ph.D. and has secured a tenure-track faculty position at the University of Georgia. He’ll teach engineering education.
But for this podcast, he’ll talk about increasing or fostering more situational interest in an educational engineering classroom.