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UW’s Dousay Recognized for Advocacy, Collaborations in Education Technology

May 16, 2016
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Tonia Dousay

University of Wyoming College of Education faculty member Tonia Dousay recently received the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Award for Advocacy.

ISTE recognized Dousay, an assistant professor teaching in UW’s instructional technology program, for her efforts during the past calendar year advocating for education technology policy in Wyoming. Her accomplishments range from establishing the first makerspace at UW and championing the maker movement in higher education nationwide, to actively working with Wyoming schools as they think about technology in the classroom.

Dousay’s involvement with the consortium has created collaboration opportunities nationally, including the chance to work with Stephanie Santoso, former adviser for making in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She also serves on the Wyoming Department of Education’s Statewide Digital Learning Plan advisory panel and is a Google-certified innovator.

“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with amazing educators across the state of Wyoming and here at UW who actively change the way we teach and think about teaching,” Dousay says. “These outstanding practices and people are what enable me to advocate for change and hold up as good examples for the world to see.”

“Most admirable is Dr. Dousay’s collaboration with other disciplines on campus and in our community as she advocates and leads the maker movement,” says Mary Alice Bruce, professor and head of the UW Department of Professional Studies.

Bruce cites four examples of innovative collaborative efforts led by Dousay:

-- A design elective, in partnership with UW Lab School art teacher Sharon Mathieson, involving third-grade students working on a variety of artistic and fashion design activities.

-- Working with computer science graduate students to develop a motion capture system using sensors printed on a 3-D printer.

-- Hosting students participating in the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (AstroCamp) and working with them to explore 3-D printing applications for their lunar space colony designs.

-- Helping pre-service agricultural education methods students explore 3-D printing in the agriculture industry and create lesson plans for use during their residency semester.

Dousay is a member of ISTE’s Wyoming affiliate, the Wyoming Technology Engagement Curriculum Connection.

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