EDTECH 640 INNOVATIVE PRACTICES IN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY (1-3 credits)(F/S/SU). The application of skills and knowledge about educational technology to a novel challenge, issue, or context directly related to the field. A proposal that addresses practical dimensions of the problem, their relationship to theoretical constructs, learning goals, and project management details is required before students can enroll in the course. Culminating activities include a work log and a final reflective paper in addition to other artifacts that may be required. May be repeated for credit. (Pass/Fail). PREREQ: PERM/INST.

*Current doctoral students should be sure to examine due dates, located below.

The Doctorate of Education in Educational Technology as envisioned by the Ed Tech faculty has always been a program that strives to relate practice and theory. Therefore, as we developed the EdD program, we wanted to be sure to build in a specific experience that required students to show innovative leadership in educational technology. We wanted to reinforce the idea that students in the doctoral program would be able to take the knowledge gained in various courses and apply it in unique, authentic ways (and get credit for doing so). These various opportunities were not explicitly listed because we knew that each one would differ based on the individual student's professional goals.

Rather than only being a work-related activity (like an internship), the experience can take other forms. What form it takes is largely dependent on your needs as a learner and what your faculty sponsor (or advisor) feels is best for your particular situation. In some cases, this may be that you undertake a work-type experience (like helping design and/or teach an online course), or it may be an intensive research experience that might include a pilot-study, or perhaps it is a program evaluation project, etc. We (faculty) are currently developing specific guidelines and standards, but we are committed to the idea that what you do should be closely connected to your scholarly and professional goals.

One of the major goals of the IE is to stretch the student. An experience, no matter how "innovative" will not be approved if it is an activity in which you normally always engage. We are looking for you to apply your knowledge and skills in ways that go beyond what you do now, or at least in a unique way that you have not previously experienced.

Students in the doctoral program are required to engage in an "innovative experience," preferably after you have completed all core courses (EDTECH 601 - 605), though there is some small degree of flexibility - largely based on background and the immediacy of the opportunity. Note that the IE *cannot* be fulfilled by registering for any other regular course, and you cannot use a transfer course in place of the IE hours.


1) The student can do an IE over the summer IF s/he can find a faculty member willing to supervise it.

2) If an opportunity for a particular IE spans semesters, then it is possible to register for a lower amount of credit in one semester, and then finish the IE in the subsequent term. An IE must be finished within a period of 10 consecutive months.

Process of IE Proposal Approval

  • Contact the program coordination team (edtechdoc@boisestate.edu) to inquire about the IE
  • Make a copy of the IE proposal template, complete it as best you can, and then share it (with editing rights) with edtechdoc@boisestate.edu (do this in GoogleDrive, not as a Word document).
  • The coordinator will then look it over, perhaps ask questions or for more details, and then help determine who will supervise the Innovative Experience. The default is the student's advisor, but this needs to be confirmed.
  • Once the proposal and it is approved, the student will be issued a permission number to enroll in EDTECH 640. The work that is expected to be submitted to the 640 supervisor will be checked at regular intervals.

Due Dates

Students interested in registering for EDTECH 640 will adhere to the following due dates.*

To take IE in the fall semester

July 15: Last day for IE proposal submission

First Week of September: deadline to register for fall courses (see University Calendar).

To take IE in the spring semester

December 1: Last day for IE proposal submission

Last week of January: deadline to register for spring courses (see University Calendar).

To take IE in the summer term

April 2: Last day for IE proposal submission

Third week of May: deadline to register for summer courses (see University Calendar).

* In special circumstances (e.g., a project that suddenly comes available), exceptions can be made to the departmental due dates. Unfortunately we cannot change registration dates set by the University for EDTECH 640.