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Rebekah K Nix, PhD 

rnix@utdallas.edu | www.utd.edu/~rnix

 

Senior Lecturer

The University of Texas at Dallas

Teacher Development Center

 

Adjunct Research Fellow

Curtin University of Technology

Science and Mathematics Education Centre
Teaching
Rebekah K Nix centers her teaching and research on enhancing learning environments, focusing on information technology and professional development.

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.


Research
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.

Service
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 in the 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.