Rebekah K Nix
centers her teaching and research on enhancing learning
environments, focusing on information technology and professional
Recipient of the 2010 UT System
Innovations in Online Teaching Award and 2007 USDLA Best Practices Gold
Award for Distance Learning Teaching Online, she has taught her
completely online Educational Technology courses since 2000. She shares the 2007 UT-System Library
Director’s Award for library integration for Evaluating Research in Science Education.
With a BS in Geosciences and a MAT in Science Education, Dr Nix completed her PhD in Science Education on Virtual Field Trips:
Using Information Technology to Create an Integrated Science
Learning Environment (2002) at Curtin University of Technology,
where she often collaborates as an adjunct Research Fellow.
Pursuing innovative ideas to merge educational
theory and scientific practice through strategic applications of
technology, she built MT SCIENCE (Mobile Technology
for teaching and learning SCIENCE in the real world), a
collection of electronic probeware to create an innovative learning environment.
In 2004 (with a second cohort in
2005), she helped design and deliver a hybrid Teacher Quality
program for middle school science teachers called Taking them to
the top! Cultivating an ISLE with applications of IT and
environmental education. As PI for the Master of Arts in
Teaching – Science Education Online program award, she
co-authored and co-taught 10 new online graduate courses that were
launched in the Fall 2006.
And she continues to document the development of her Ed Tech courses - and other learning modules - through conference and invited presentations.
Dr. Nix is currently collaborating on related
projects regarding quality in online education and how
technology-enabled learning environments impact on teaching
efficiency and learning effectiveness. For example, her article, "The
International Forum for Women in E-Learning" published in Distance Learning touches on the value of professional collaboration; her chapter
Second International Handbook of Science Education describes how technology-empowered educators are making positive differences in today's rapidly-changing classrooms. She also enjoyed writing a monthly
Environmental Science blog for the Monterey Institute for
Technology and Education to show how a conceptual approach to science can enable knowledge transfer across contexts. She currently is teaming to produce an independent project called spOtOn to promote, cultivate, and support real-world learning solutions for educational professionals.