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USU's ITLS Programs Top International List in Research

ITLS graduate students teach computer coding skills to students at Wilson Elementary in Logan, Utah.

Utah State University’s Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences Department “may be the top program in the world for research productivity,” according to the latest Educational Media and Technology Yearbook.

The yearbook ranks educational technology programs according to five different measures, two related to research and three related to teaching. USU programs made the top 20 list in all five indicators — and USU was one of only two universities to do so.

The publication, now in its 39th year, offers a snapshot of trends in technology in schools, higher education and industry. It lists programs from the United States, Canada and around the world. It is published by Springer and the Association of Educational Communications and Technology.

Among the roughly 100 programs listed, USU’s ITLS programs ranked third for the number of publications written by faculty in two of the most respected journals. The department also ranked #6 in research funding. USU was the only university to rank in the top 10 for both research measures.

ITLS also ranked well in measures related to teaching, coming in at tenth in the number of full-time faculty, 12th in the number of PhD graduates and 20th in the number of master’s graduates.

The indicators suggest USU’s ITLS programs are focused on both research and producing skilled practitioners in the field, whether those graduates go on to work in schools or industry.

“Society is permeated with technology,” said Mimi Recker, ITLS department head. “There’s so much interest in this field because people use it to live, collaborate and learn.”

Many students who come to the ITLS department at USU have been working in the field. When they come back to graduate school, they are bringing their experience with them. They team up with faculty members who apply and amplify those skills in research projects.

“You get this really nice combination of applied and academic research,” Recker said. “It’s really an exciting mix.”

The ITLS department is housed within the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services.

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Contact: Mimi Recker, mimi.recker@usu.edu

Writer: JoLynne Lyon, 435-797-1463

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