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Welcome to my homepage!  I am a professor of educational psychology in the PhD program in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology in the College of Education at Michigan State University. My interests focus on environments that encourage learning, which range from parents interacting with preschoolers, learning in informal settings such as museums. Recently I have been teaching about the power of Web-based portfolios in our on-campus and online masters degree programs.       Curriculum vitae

Presentations and Papers. Papers and handouts from my recent talks and conference presentations.

Data Visualization to Inform Decision Making. I am currently working on a project exploring ways to present data to inform decision making. Some of these ideas are contained in the following report of a study at the Michigan Virtual High School.

Toward a Deeper Understanding of Student Performance in Virtual High School Courses.  Presented at the meeting of the North American Council for Online Learning, Denver, October 23, 2005. Download PDF.

Data-Driven or Discussion-Informed Decision Making. The use of data to inform business and the use of data visualization tools in science are "hot" topics. But the expression "data-driven" does not seem apt for education. Presentation to Advisory Council of the Michigan Virtual High School.) Also, online teaching and learning is growing rapidly in the K-12 sector. I encourage you to visit the Michigan Virtual University website.

Tipsheets and Tutorials: Tips for MSU Instructors. Tips for Web-Publishing. Tips for Learning New Software.
These tipsheets may be helpful for you. Please send suggestions. My "Information Diet" page links to favorite websites. The department recipe collection may complete your diet.

small rose Two Teachers Who Changed My Daughter's Life. A thank you note to Karen Riggs and Melody Glick.

Technology in K-12 Education. PowerPoint presentation.
Egyptian delegation to the College of Education, December 09, 2005.

My listmania at Amazon shares some recommended books.

Passionate about technology? Click to read more about a special section of CEP 416 in spring semester for students who are eager to integrate technology into their teaching as part of a "fast track" to a masters in educational technology.

Student Portfolios: Notes from presentation to brown bag seminar on November 19, 2004.

College of Education Faculty Meeting Presentation on Redesign of 133 Erickson. September 22, 2004.

Project on Redesigning 133 Erickson and Other Spaces. Faculty Ideas and Suggestions.

Design Concept: Three Page Summary. October 25, 2004.

Deerfield Elementary School, Novi, Michigan. Design ideas for moveable walls and more.

Spring Semester 2005.

CEP 952: Technology for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Summer Semester 2004.

I am teaching two courses during the summer. Students in these courses publish web-based portfolios.

CEP 807: The Capstone course for the on-campus master of arts in educational technology.
ED 870: The Capstone course for the online master of arts in education.

Spring Semester 2004.

CEP 813: Electronic Portfolios: Online.

CEP 952: Technology for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Bangkok, Thailand. Workshop at EARCOS Teachers' Conference:
Web-Based Portfolios: The Power of Making Good Work Visible, March 27, 2004.

Bangkok, Thailand. Three-Session Workshop at the NESA Conference (Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools):
Web-Based Portfolios for Teachers, Students, and Schools.

April 11-16: San Diego. Presentations at AERA:

Dickson, W. P. Bouck, E., Collins, B., Kidwai, K., Phillips, M. M.,& Yadav, A. The "Top Ten" Doctoral Programs in Educational Psychology: U.S. News & World Report Rankings and Doctoral Program Websites. Presentation for the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association , San Diego, CA, 2004.

Dickson, W. P. and Phillips, M. M. Technology in the Lives of Preservice Teacher Education Students: A Lifespan Analysis of Experiences and Perceptions. Presentation for the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA, 2004.

Fall Semester 2003.

"Design Alternatives for Technology Classrooms", Explorations in Instructional Technology Brown Bag Series, October 17, 2003.

CEP 813: Electronic Portfolios

ED 870: Capstone Seminar.

Summer Semester 2003.

    ED 870: Capstone Seminar for the Online Master of Arts in Education .
During the summer of 2003 I will be teaching the capstone course for the first cohort nearing completion of their online masters degree. The preview is available by clicking on the link above. Because MSU has decided to switch from Blackboard to Angel, I am also working on learning to use Angel as I develop this new course. Students in this course will create Web-based portfolios that synthesize and reflect upon their learning and accomplishments in the program.

    CEP 807: Capstone Seminar for the On-Campus Masters of Arts in Educational Technology .
I will also be teaching the capstone course for the on-campus masters program, which also focuses on creating a Web-based portfolio.

Spring semester 2003.

    EAD 808: Exhibition , March 11, 2003.  132 Erickson.   Pictures from an Exhibition .

    C EP 813: Electronic Portfolios: On-Campus Section .

    CEP 813VU: Electronic Portfolios: Online Virtual University Section .    Public Preview .

    CEP 952: Technology for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education .

Fall semester 2002.

I am concentrating on research on children learning with technology.
Also designing the capstone course for the online masters program.
And revising my online course on electronic portfolios.

EAD 808 . Students in Steve Kaagan's EAD 808 are learning to create portfolios for K-12 administrators.

EAD 808: Exhibition , March 11, 2003 .

HALE .  Students in the HALE program who are also learning to create portfolios.

EAD 854 Presentation .  Students are discussing the role of portfolios in educational assessment for BetsAnn Smith's class.

TE 501 Portfolio Workshop . Traverse City.

My notes for a  proseminar discussion of Larry Cuban and Roy Pea on technology in education.

Summer semester 2002.
  I am teaching CEP 807: Capstone Course : Proseminar in Educational Technology

On May 8th I will present papers and conduct a workshop at Beijing University on technology in higher education.

On April 1st at the AERA conference in New Orleans, I will be presenting a paper
Portfolios on the Web : A Shared Resource for Personal and Institutional Improvement

On March 8 at the MACUL 2002 conference in Grand Rapids, I made two presentations:

    Sex! Power! Speed! A Humorous Look at Technology Advertisements
        (What Advertisements Are Telling Us About Our Secret Desires)

        Participants were invited to write about their dream scenarios with their computers.

    Teaching My First Course Online: What My Students Taught Me.

On February 5 and 6 I made two presentations at the 3rd Annual Education Symposium presented by the Michigan Virtual University and the Michigan Virtual High School on "Leadership Strategies for E-Learning: High School to Higher Education."

Spring semester 2002.
  I am teaching three courses during spring semester 2002.

    CEP 901B : Proseminar in Technology and Education

    CEP 952 : Technology for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

    CEP 813 : Electronic Portfolios for Teaching and Learning: Online Version through MSU Virtual University.

       CEP 813: Preview and Public Resources    (This link allows access to readings and other resources.)

I am also writing a paper on the power of web-based electronic portfolios from organizational and individual lifespan perspectives. My thinking grows out of several years of developing a model for integrating electronic portfolios into my courses and into degree programs.
    Examples of portfolios developed by students include:

       TE 150 : Undergraduates beginning their teacher education program.

       CEP 807 : Teachers completing their master's in educational technology.

       CEP 917 : Doctoral students in a course on technology in higher education.

Book recommendations.  Paperless office? Electronic readings?  What's worth keeping? I've been cleaning my office and thinking about which books are worth keeping.

My Listmania: I created my " Top 15 " list of books I value at Amazon's Listmania.

Website recommendations. Backflip allows you to create an organized set of bookmarks on the Web, choosing which ones to make public...a nice way to share your favorite sites.  My Backflipped Sites .

Fall semester 2001.
    I taught two versions of my course on electronic portfolios, one on campus and one in the new online master's degree program that the College of Education began this semester.

    CEP 882: On-Campus

    CEP 813: Virtual University

During the summer semester 2001 I taught three courses.

    CEP 807: Capstone Course in Educational Technology Master's Degree
        On campus: Completing the Master's program.

    CEP 800: Learning in the Age of the Internet in Valbonne France.
    TE 870: Capstone Course for MACT Master's in Valbonne, France.

During spring semester 2001 I taught two courses:

    CEP 917: Technology for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
        This course will be taught in spring 2002 under a new number: CEP 952.

    CEP 811: WebQuests

During fall semester 2000 I concentrated on our new on-campus masters degree program in educational technology, which has about thirty  students, most of them currently teaching, enrolled.  As part of that program, I taught a new course:

    CEP 882: Electronic Portfolios in Teaching and Learning

In this course and in other activiites I am exploring various issues and approaches to online learning.

More about me.  Long ago and far away I taught physics, chemistry, physical science and mathematics at East Atlanta High School .  I've been interested in technology in education since falling in love with an Apple II...48K of memory!  In November 1983 Family Computing did an article how my then-preschoolers, Andrew and Josh , were using our Apple II+ with its 48K of memory at our home. (That's a picture of Josh at Myrtle Beach when he was about four on the wall over my shoulder above.)  My children have grown up in the age of computers. As computers have become smaller and more powerful, my children have become bigger and more powerful.  Andrew has grown from a serious ten-month old to an playful undergraduate on his motorcycle .  Elissa is a junior at East Lansing High School and plays volleyball and soccer, among her many other pursuits, including attending spring prom.

I teach courses on cognition and technology, lifespan developmental psychology, and technology in teaching and learning.

Recently, with a grant from the National Science Foundation , we have been exploring issues around preparing future faculty to integrate technology in their teaching and learning at the university level as a necessary component of any successful approach to preparing K-12 teachers to integrate technology into their teaching and learning.

During spring semester, 2000, I taught two courses:

     TE 150: Reflections on Learning

    CEP 909: Cognition and Technology

In this graduate seminar course, the students and I worked on developing personal information strategies , self-study skill learning , and sharing our learning via the Web .  Each student is working on a major project and learning a skill .

On March 17th, a 32-month-old preschooler demonstrated Jumpstart Preschool in my CEP 909 class that stimulated a wonderful discussion of issues around lifespan development and technology. Her visit also took me back to when my own kids were preschoolers.  Computers have changed a lot but kids are still kids.

Both of these courses are being influenced by an innovative course, CEP 813, being offered by my colleagues, Yong Zhao and Punya Mishra, in which faculty members work with masters and doctoral students as a learning community to support professional development for faculty and students in learning to integrate technology into teaching.