News & Updates

August 2014

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August marked the end of the summer for the Doceo Center as most of our staff dispersed to the four corners of the world (or at least Idaho). Yet, this did not stop us from moving forward several key initiatives and gearing up for the Fall semester. In the month of August, we wrapped up our series of summer institutes, announced a brand-new K-12 open education MOOC, hosted various tours of our facilities, rolled out an innovative Online Teaching Studio, and began gearing up for Fall research and outreach efforts.

First, the Northwest Inland Writing Project (NIWP) Summer Institutes took a new form this year as a collaborative effort between NIWP, the Idaho Common Core Network, and the University of Idaho Doceo Center of Innovation + Learning. Two regional institutes were held for two weeks each. The first institute, with 24 teachers in attendance, took place at the University of Idaho’s Research Park in Post Falls during the last two weeks of June. This institute was facilitated by Mary Orr from NIWP, Barbara Crumb from Idaho Common Core Network, and Cassidy Hall from the Doceo Center. The first two weeks of August brought 17 teachers to attend at the Doceo Center Lab in Moscow with facilitators Jill Diamond from NIWP, April Niemela from Idaho Common Core Network, and Cassidy Hall from the Doceo Center. The focus for the institutes was to support the teaching of writing with the use of technology to meet common core standards.

Workshop and Lab Calendar


This schedule shows both university and K-12 professional development workshops. K-12 events are prefaced with a (K-12) marking before the event title. Click on any event title for more details. Click here to join an online session.

Online Teaching Studio

The online teaching studio allows instructors of online courses to use the newest technologies to help support their online teaching and is constantly being upgraded with the newest and greatest technologies.  The studio is available for scheduling by all University of Idaho instructors and faculty by contacting Cassidy Hall.

Current tools include:

  • Dedicated high-end desktop (Windows 7, Intel i7 processor, 8GB RAM, SSD, gfx card, Blu-ray, Ethernet)
  • Two large Lenovo monitors
  • Wacom Intuos tablet
  • Wide-angle Logitech webcam
  • Wireless mic/headset (Bluetooth or adapter)
  • Bose speakers
  • Document camera
  • Comfy chairs

Technology-Infused Research Projects (2014-2015)

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Technology-Infused Research Projects are collaborative efforts between University of Idaho faculty members and Doceo Center Researchers aimed at improving teaching and learning through technology integration. In this collaboration, faculty members provide subject-area research expertise, while the Doceo Center provides technology resources and technology management and research expertise. The deadline for Technology-Infused Research Project proposals is September 30, 2014.

July 2014

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In the months of June and July, the University of Idaho Doceo Center for Innovation + Learning conducted four Technology and Open Education summer institutes for practicing K-12 teachers. Each institute lasted three days, involved up to 30 participants, and was organized according to grade level, with two institutes focusing on elementary and two focusing on secondary educators.

In total, over one hundred K-12 teachers from all over the state of Idaho participated in the summer institutes, representing all grade levels, a variety of subject areas, and all regions of the state, ranging from Blackfoot and Pocatello to Boise and Meridian to Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint.

To our knowledge, there has never been any professional development experience quite like this attempted anywhere. Though some work has been done with open education, the scale and diversity of the institutes and our vision for empowering educators across the state to develop open education literacies that they can take back to their schools for enacting change represents a grassroots, broad-spectrum approach to open education and technology integration that is very unique and untested.

THE Journal: 5 Lessons from a Learning Lab

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THE Journal featured an article about the Doceo Center that highlights some of the lessons learned through our professional development efforts. The 3-page article was entitled "5 Lessons from a Learning Lab" and includes a number of quotes from Doceo Center staff.

The full article may be viewed online.

June 2014

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Summer is anything but an academic break at the Doceo Center, where we have spent the month of June presenting at conferences, leading summer institutes with K-12 teachers, and gearing up our lab for the fall semester, which will shortly be on our doorstep.

In the month of June, we presented at two major national conferences: UBTech and NASDTEC. At the University Business Technology (UBTech) conference, we presented two sessions that focused on our outreach efforts to K-12 teachers and our work with higher education faculty in our innovative learning technologies lab. Our sessions were well attended, and the center was also identified as a finalist for two AMX innovation awards, which are meant to honor innovations with technology in higher education.

At the annual conference of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC), we led a session with representatives from institutes of higher education and state departments of education on the complex topic of preparing teachers to be technologically competent in classrooms and what this entails for colleges of education and states in determining licensure requirements and coursework.

May 2014

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With the school year winding down, the month of May provided us with an opportunity to wrap up projects, prepare for the summer, and begin exploring new technologies for the coming year. We have placed a 360-degree panoramic photo of our lab available online, and some of the exciting new technologies that we introduced to the lab this month include an interactive table and a portable educational gaming station. The interactive table has a 55-inch, 40-point touchscreen display that we are currently upgrading with an advanced graphics card and other high-performance hardware. With this table, teachers and students will be able to gather around a common display and interact with learning objects together. The portable educational gaming station includes an Xbox One, 50-inch display, and Xbox Kinect mounted on a mobile cart, which we plan to use to support educational gaming studies and the use of motion-based games for physical education.

Doceo Center Lab Panoramic View

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The Doceo Center for Innovation + Learning's teaching and learning laboratory serves as a hub for connecting research, teaching, and K-12 outreach.  The lab is used for workshops, classes, and other activities focused on improving teaching and learning with technology.

Using an iPad mini, a tripod, and the inexpensive 360Panorama iOS app, we are able to capture a full panorama of the lab, detailing the room's design, layout, and technology resources.

2013-14 Report: Guiding Technology Integration in the State of Idaho

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With its first full-time staff members starting in June 2013, the Doceo Center for Innovation + Learning began its work to improve K-12 teaching and learning in Idaho during the 2013-2014 school year. This report highlights the Center’s efforts for its first academic year of operations, encompassing Fall 2013 and Spring 2014. In this year, the Doceo Center participated in a number of K-12 outreach, research, and university development activities and has produced a number of valuable outcomes focused on improving K-12 teaching and learning in the state of Idaho through effective technology integration.

This report provides an overview of activities and results from the Doceo Center’s first year of operations and is divided into five sections: Background, K-12 Outreach, Research, University Development, and Becoming a National Model.