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Wilhelmina Savenye

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1811
Biography

Wilhelmina C. Savenye is a professor of learning design and technologies and educational technology in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. She is also the education director for an NSF-funded Engineering Research Center, the Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics: http://www.biogeotechnics.org. (ASU page https://webapp4.asu.edu/directory/person/11209 ) Savenye's research and teaching interests include instructional design, evaluation, online and digital learning, engineering education, the use of technology for learning, mentoring emerging graduate student and faculty scholars, and informal learning. She employs both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies in her work. Savenye previously taught at The University of Texas at Austin and San Diego State University. She earned her MEd and PhD in educational technology (ASU), BA in anthropology (University of Washington), and AA in media technology. Savenye has published over 70 articles and book chapters; generated over 140 conference presentations and workshops in the U.S., Europe, and Asia; received numerous grant awards, and produced many digital learning programs. She serves as editor of the Journal of Applied Instructional Design (http://www.jaidpub.org/). Savenye has served on the editorial boards of journals including Educational Technology: Research and Development, Quarterly Review of Distance Education, and reviews for additional journals. She serves on the editorial board for the Encyclopedia of Educational Technology and has held elected leadership positions. Savenye's instructional design and evaluation work has been conducted in such diverse settings as engineering research centers, school districts, museums, botanical gardens, zoos, universities, corporations, and Army tank maintenance training. She serves as education director of the CBBG and directs all aspects of the center's educational and outreach programming during the academic year and summer for students from K-12, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and working engineers. Sevenye works with a research team, the school district and community college partners to develop and collect evaluation data (with evaluation partners in CREST) on materials to support instructors teaching: K-12 STEM, engineering, and biogeotechnics; undergraduate and graduate civil engineering courses. The team collaborates with diversity team members to ensure that our programming is inclusive and with a technical curriculum committee to ensure content accuracy. Sevenye and her graduate students are investigating effectiveness and methods for helping teachers incorporate design thinking, particularly in STEM; beginning studies on most effective aspects of engineering education best practices; the effects of various modes of play-based practice and avatars in computer-based language learning; and aspects of how people learn in a social media-based community of practice.

Research Interests

Guiding Research Questions:

  • What are best practices for teaching all levels of learners the fundamentals of biogeotechnical engineering, especially given that it is a new field?
  • What are means, both educational and inclusive, to support a cohort of young students, high-school and undergraduate, who have had the opportunity to conduct research in biogeotechnics labs to go on to enroll in more engineering and STEM courses, go on to college and graduate school, and to choose biogeotechnics and engineering as a career?
  • What are the results of our ongoing research on instructional design factors and practices that have the most impact on learning in diverse settings, particularly digital settings, and how can we ensure they are applied in the real world?

Current Research Projects:

  • As Education Director of the CBBG, with the help of Dr. Savenye's team and school district and community college partners, Savenye directs all aspects of the center’s educational and outreach programming, during the academic year and summer, for students from K-12 to undergraduate, to graduate students as well as postdoctoral scholars and working engineers.
  • Dr. Savenye develops and collecst evaluation data (with our evaluation partners in CREST) on materials to support instructors teaching: K-12 STEM, engineering, and biogeotechnics; undergraduate and graduate civil engineering courses. Dr. Savenye collaborates with diversity team members to ensure that our programming is inclusive and with a technical curriculum committee to ensure accuracy of our content.
  • With my graduate students, Dr. Savenye is investigating effectiveness and methods for helping teachers incorporate design thinking, particularly in STEM; beginning studies on most effective aspects of engineering education best practices; investigating effects of various modes of play-based practice and avatars in computer-based language learning; and aspects of how people learn in a social media-based community of practice.
Publications
  • Savenye, W., Larson, J., Zapata, C., Kavazanjian, E., Elwood, K., Reed, A., Mitchell, M., Brown, S., Bronner, C., Saenz, D., Newstetter, W., Benton-Johnson, F., Dalal, M., Gomez, M., & Delgado, N. The Ultimate Higher Education Start-Up: Building Education, Outreach and Diversity for an NSF Engineering Research Center. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Educational Technology & Communications (AECT), Las Vegas, NV, October 17-21, 2016.
  • Savenye, W. (2013). Perspectives on assessment of educational technologies for informal learning: A review of issues, perspectives, strategies and possibilities. In J. M. Spector, M. D. Merrill, J. Elen, & M. J. Bishop, Eds. Handbook of research on educational communications and technology. (4th ed.). New York: Springer, 257-267.
  • Savenye, W., & Robinson, R. (2004).  Qualitative research issues and methods: An introduction for instructional technologists.  In D. Jonassen, (Ed.), Handbook of research on educational communications and technology. 2nd Ed. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 1045-1071.
Research Activity
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EDT 580Practicum
EDT 590Reading and Conference
EDT 780Practicum
EDT 790Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
EDT 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EDT 506Evaluation of Learning System
EDT 590Reading and Conference
EDT 684Internship
EDT 780Practicum
DCI 784Internship
EDT 784Internship
EDT 790Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
DCI 792Research
EDT 799Dissertation
DCI 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EDT 584Internship
EDT 590Reading and Conference
EDT 690Reading and Conference
EDT 790Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
EDT 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EDT 580Practicum
EDT 590Reading and Conference
EDT 780Practicum
EDT 790Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
EDT 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EDT 580Practicum
EDT 584Internship
EDT 684Internship
DCI 784Internship
EDT 784Internship
EDT 790Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
DCI 792Research
EDT 799Dissertation
DCI 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EDT 580Practicum
EDT 584Internship
EDT 590Reading and Conference
EDT 690Reading and Conference
EDT 780Practicum
EDT 790Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
EDT 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EDT 580Practicum
EDT 590Reading and Conference
EDT 780Practicum
EDT 790Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
EDT 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EDT 580Practicum
EDT 584Internship
EDT 684Internship
DCI 784Internship
EDT 784Internship
EDT 790Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
DCI 792Research
EDT 799Dissertation
DCI 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
EDT 502Design and Development of Inst
EDT 523Distance Education Theory/Prac
EDT 580Practicum
EDT 584Internship
EDT 590Reading and Conference
EDT 690Reading and Conference
EDT 780Practicum
EDT 790Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
EDT 799Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
EDT 580Practicum
EDT 590Reading and Conference
EDT 780Practicum
EDT 790Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
EDT 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
EDT 502Design and Development of Inst
EDT 580Practicum
EDT 584Internship
EDT 684Internship
EDT 780Practicum
DCI 784Internship
EDT 784Internship
EDT 790Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
DCI 792Research
EDT 799Dissertation
DCI 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
EDT 502Design and Development of Inst
EDT 523Distance Education Theory/Prac
EDT 590Reading and Conference
EDT 790Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
EDT 799Dissertation
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
EDT 580Practicum
EDT 590Reading and Conference
EDT 780Practicum
EDT 790Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
EDT 799Dissertation
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
EDT 580Practicum
EDT 584Internship
EDT 684Internship
EDT 780Practicum
DCI 784Internship
EDT 784Internship
EDT 790Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
DCI 792Research
EDT 799Dissertation
DCI 799Dissertation
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
EDT 502Design and Development of Inst
EDT 523Distance Education Theory/Prac
EDT 580Practicum
EDT 590Reading and Conference
EDT 790Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
EDT 799Dissertation
Presentations
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina, Sullivan, Michael. Instructional Design: Aspects of the Field and Careers. Presentation via Horizon Wimba to students in the 6321 (Nov 2007).
  • Nielsen, M., Strand, E., Spector, M., Savenye, Wilhelmina. Developing Faculty Expertise in Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning across Campus: Instructional Planning Is Live and Well!. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Oct 2007).
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina. Discussant for two Featured Research Papers National Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Oct 2007).
  • Cromack, J., Savenye, Wilhelmina, Ozogul, G. MSR Assessment Toolkit (Jun 2007).
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina, Thompson, Emily. Adult learner participation in an online degree program. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Apr 2007).
  • Minyard, G., Todd, C., Piver, H., Hatton, S., Cuthbertson, A., James, J., Birchfield, D., Tu, K., Dolgov, I., Savenye, Wilhelmina. K-12 experiential media dance workshop. Media Dance Workshop (Mar 2007).
  • Erlandson, B., Savenye, Wilhelmina, Kelliher, A., Nelson, Brian. Improved research through mediated communication tools in a transdisciplinary community of practice. Paper presented at the Conference on Technology,Knowledge and Society (Jan 2007).
  • Leavitt, M, Savenye, Wilhelmina, Sullivan, H. Instructional design, development and evaluation of seminars. Annual meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Oct 2006).
  • Hatton, S., Savenye, Wilhelmina, Tu, K., Todd, C., Jin, H., Cuthbertson, A., Thornburg, H., Birchfield, D., Wichern, G., Dolgov, I., Phillips, K., Lorig, D. K-12 experiental media dance workshop. Media Dance Workshop (Mar 2006).
  • Cottam, M, Smith, V, Savenye, Wilhelmina. Factors that affect distance education student retention: Interventions that work. Annual meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Oct 2004).
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina, Ganesan, R, Spector, J. Enhancing interaction in online courses. Annual meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Oct 2004).
  • Su, Y, Klein, J, Savenye, Wilhelmina. Hypermedia research. Annual meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Oct 2004).
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina, Ho, C, Middleton, J, Brush, T, Igoe, A, Mann, M, Oksuz, C, Kurz, T, Llama, G, Li, J, Louis, E, Puligundla, P. Digital videocases for preservice teacher education: Lessons learned. Annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Apr 2004).
  • Leshowitz, B, Savenye, Wilhelmina. Problem-Based Learning. Afternoon workshop for faculty, Center for Learning and Teaching Excellence (Feb 2004).
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina, Leshowitz, B. Active Learning: T-Goal Methods. Afternoon workshop for faculty, Center for Learning and Teaching Excellence (Jan 2004).
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina, Li, J, Oksuz, C, Louis, E. Digitizing a classroom video: Technical considerations for video editing. E-Learn 2003 Conference (Nov 2003).
  • Springer, J, Savenye, Wilhelmina. Visualizing chemistry for online college learning: An introduction to the hybridization of atomic orbitals. E-Learn 2003 Conference (Nov 2003).
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina, Kim, A, Sullivan, H. A comparison of paper-based and computer-based instruction in high school mathematics. E-Learn 2003 Conference (Nov 2003).
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina, Kurz, T, Llama, G. The beginnings of a case: The “Best Practices” project. E-Learn 2003 Conference (Nov 2003).
  • Llama, G, Kurz, T, Savenye, Wilhelmina. Videocase instruction for preservice teachers. E-Learn 2003 Conference (Nov 2003).
  • Oksuz, C, Savenye, Wilhelmina. Developing a videocase for educators: Major aspects and some basic considerations. E-Learn 2003 Conference (Nov 2003).
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina. Conducting Visitor Studies and Formative Evaluation Methods. Two workshops at the Buffalo Bill Cody Historical Center (Nov 2003).
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina. Really open learning environments: Conducting needs assessments and formative evaluations in informa learning settings. Annual meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Oct 2003).
  • Chen, H, Savenye, Wilhelmina, Klein, J. Development of an instructional module on research in distance education. Annual meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Oct 2003).
  • Fischer, K, Savenye, Wilhelmina, Sullivan, H. The effect of varying text context in computer-based training. Annual meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Oct 2003).
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina, Castro, M, McIsaac, M, Carpenter, H, Leshowitz, B, Chen, H. Communication and interaction in online courses: Research and development issues. Annual meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Oct 2003).
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina, Leshowitz, B. Problem-based Learning. One-week summer workshop for faculty, Center for Learning and Teaching Excellence (Jun 2003).
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina. Museum Evaluation Methods and Techniques. Annual meeting of the Museum Association of Arizona (May 2003).
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina, Brush, T, Middleton, J, Julian, M, Igoe, A, Brush, J, Horn, P, Oksuz, C, Li, J, Kurz, T, Llama, G. Developing and evaluating online teacher videocases for learning technology integration. Annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Apr 2003).
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina. Conducting Evaluations in Museums. Presentation at the Museum Educators of Central Arizona meeting (Mar 2003).
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina. Formative Evaluation and Visitor Studies. Presentation for the collaborative meeting of the Visitor Studies groups of the University of California, Davis, Arboretum and the Desert Botanical Garden (Nov 2002).
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina. Interview on Online Teaching. Digital Streaming Video Gallery - ASU College of Extended Education (Jun 2002).
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina, Brush, T, Middleton, J, Blocher, M, Horn, P, Chadwick, J, Oksuz, C, Li, J, Ziobrowski, C, Tan, A. Improving teaching with technology: The best practices digital video project. Annual conference of the American Educational Research Association (Apr 2002).
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina. Visitor Evaluation and Exhibit Design. Workshop presented to the Tucson Association of Museums (Nov 2001).
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina, Brush, T, Blocher, M, Horn, P, Middleton, J, Oksuz, C, Li, J, Ziobrowski, C, Tan, A, Perko, K. The "Best Practices" Project: Building a Multimedia Database on Technology and Teaching. Annual conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Nov 2001).
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina. Evaluation and Assessment in Web-Based Learning. EDT 780 (Oct 2001).
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina. Power-On Seminar: Evaluating and Assessing Web-Based Systems and Software for Learning. Seminar presented to the Center for Learning and Teaching Effectiveness (Oct 2001).
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina. Pedagogical Issues in Developing and Teaching Online Courses. Seminar presented to the Center for Learning and Teaching Excellence (Jun 2001).
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina. Designing Online Courses. Seminar presented to the Center for Learning and Teaching Excellence (Jun 2001).
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina. Evaluating Web-based Learning Systems and Software. Conference on Instructional Design: Addressing the Challenges of Learning Through Technology and Curriculum (May 2001).
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina. Conducting Formative Evaluations and Visitor Studies. Workshop presented at the Tucson Botanical Garden (Mar 2001).
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina. Online Course Design. Teaching an Online Course (Sutton & Van Horne) for Jacmet, Continuing Engineering Education (Mar 2001).
  • Olina, Z, Dwyer, H, Savenye, Wilhelmina. Teacher Training and Support for Web-Supplemented and Web-Based Instruction to High Schools. Annual meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Oct 2000).
  • Olina, Z, Dwyer, H, Savenye, Wilhelmina. Teacher Training and Support for Web-Supplemented and Web-Based Instruction to Secondary Schools. Annual Distance Learning Conference (Jul 2000).
  • Fischer, K, Savenye, Wilhelmina, Sullivan, H. A Formative Evaluation of Computer-Based Training for a University Financial System. Annual meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Feb 2000).
  • Monkelien, L, Savenye, Wilhelmina, Sullivan, H. Effects of Active Learning Strategies Compared with Direct Instruction in a University Classroom. Annual meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Feb 2000).
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina. Qualitative Research in Educational Technology. EDT 701
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina. Summer Institutes on Teaching with Technology. Numerous seminars and workshops at the university's annual summer institute for faculty
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina. Qualitative Research in Educational Technology
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina. Summer Institutes on Teaching with Technology. Numerous seminars and workshops at the university's annual summer institute for faculty
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina. Summer Institutes on Teaching with Technology. Numerous seminars and workshops at the university’s annual summer institute for faculty
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina. Evaluating Computer-Based Instructional Software. EDT 506
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina. Evaluating Computer-Based Instructional Software. EDT 506
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina. Qualitative Research in Educational Technology. EDT 701
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina. Summer Institutes on Teaching with Technology. Numerous seminars and workshops at the university’s annual summer institute for faculty
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina. Qualitative Research in Educational Technology. EDT 701
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina. Qualitative Research Methods for Educational Technology. Lectora teleconferencing for Educational Technology graduate students
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina. Summer Institutes on Teaching with Technology. Numerous seminars and workshops at the university’s annual summer institute for faculty
  • Savenye, Wilhelmina. Summer Institutes on Teaching with Technology. Numerous seminars and workshops at the university’s annual summer institute for faculty