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University of Hawaii at Manoa
Rachel Boulay is the Director of Education for the Center for Cardiovascular Research at the John A. Burns School of Medicine of the University of Hawaii. She is committed to building the bridges between science teachers and scientists to collaboratively spark students' interest in science. She launched a statewide initiative to upgrade the content knowledge of biology teachers teaching in public high schools throughout the Hawaiian islands and the Pacific. She has a broad background in research and evaluation as well as in curriculum development, technology integration and organizational change in education. Research areas include the development and structure of online open access content for teaching science, professional development for K-12 teachers and higher education faculty, and the instructional design of curriculum materials for use in blended learning environments.
Professional Development for Science Educators: Authentic Laboratory Experiences with Research Scientists
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2013 (Mar 25, 2013) pp. 3341–3345
Many teachers at the elementary and secondary level have never been directly engaged in scientific research. Their view of science has come primarily from K-12 and university level coursework that often focuses on the concepts and skills of science...
THE UTILIZATION OF TECHNIQUE VIDEOS IN AN ONLINE MOLECULAR BIOLOGY MODULE: EXPANDING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR SCIENCE TEACHERS
World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2013 (Oct 21, 2013) pp. 1290–1296
We are constantly looking for new ways to deliver professional development training that will appropriately prepare science teachers with the basic skills, techniques, and applications that are crucial for conducting scientific research in a...
(2008) pp. 1–201
This qualitative study explored 78 faculty who participated in a statewide initiative to incorporate technology into college courses. Participants taught at seven different institutions of higher education in the state of Hawaii. Participants were...
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2009 (Mar 02, 2009) pp. 2468–2472
Second Life is an online, 3D virtual world where each user is represented by an avatar. This pilot study aims to investigate pre-service teachers using Teen Second Life as an example of a virtual world and a new technological tool in secondary...
Examining Assessment in Online Instructional Development Practicums: The Case for Learning Contracts
World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2009 (Jun 22, 2009) pp. 2937–2945
Online practicum courses present unique challenges. In face-to-face classrooms, instructors can determine students’ motivational status by observing facial expressions and postures, but such cues are absent in online courses. Supervising and...
World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2013 (Jun 24, 2013) pp. 334–338
This papers looks at the implementation of mobile learning technologies as the Center for Cardiovascular Research modified its existing online Molecular Biology materials for mobile devices, in an effort to accommodate the multitudes of mobile...
Online Materials Contribute to Teachers’ Increased Understanding and Confidence to Teach Molecular Biology
World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2012 (Jun 26, 2012) pp. 1033–1038
The University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine summer professional development program used online materials to truncate physical presence in a laboratory to only 10 days. While limiting face-to-face time may have financial benefits,...
Global Learn 2012 (Nov 06, 2012) pp. 218–223
Access to professional development laboratories and incorporating biotechnological equipment in high school classrooms is scarce. Specifically in Hawaii, teachers often face the challenge of exposing students to current research in biotechnology and ...
ASCILITE - Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference 2010 (2010) pp. 119–128
Molecular biology often uses participation in active research laboratories as a form of educational training. However, this approach to learning severely restricts access. As a way of addressing this need, the University of Hawaii launched a project ...
World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2008 (Jun 30, 2008) pp. 660–669
This study focused the Technology Intensive Enhancement Series (TIES), at the University of Hawaii, a program meant to develop technology proficient teachers who mentored others in infusing technology into curriculum. TIES and the Hawaii Department...
Responding to Depleted Budgets through Forging New Partnerships: Educational Technology Connections to Medicine
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2009 (Mar 02, 2009) pp. 2447–2453
The University of Hawaii’s Educational Technology Department previously developed collaborations statewide with schools, community colleges, and businesses. Through PT3, these partnerships focused on teacher education and a common interest in...
Assisting student learning through professional development: The affect of website materials and real world science on teacher development
ASCILITE - Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference 2012 (November 2012)
To improve student learning and success in a science field while at university, it is important that students begin their studies with good basic science knowledge. Thus, it is important for high school science teachers to be teaching current...
Global Learn 2010 (May 17, 2010) pp. 3952–3957
With laboratory training limited for students that do not have access to medical schools/laboratory facilities and high-end research equipment, many scientists-in-training are limited in their choices due to their location with regard to those...
Journal of Virtual Worlds Research Vol. 3, No. 1 (Apr 29, 2010)
This paper presents the basics of the constant comparative analysis and discourse analysis methods to research in virtual worlds. Our data sources include video recordings of in-world class interactions; artifacts and documents such as students’...
E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2011 (Oct 18, 2011) pp. 355–361
As the Internet continues to advance new technologies and ideas, we must look for opportunities to collaborate, share and leverage our educational resources in higher education. Sharing educational resources in the form of freely licensed materials, ...
The Formation of an Online Community of Practice from A Molecular Biology Workshop Series for Science Teachers
World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2010 (Oct 18, 2010) pp. 1584–1592
To attract students to careers in science, the best curriculum will not matter if highly trained and qualified teachers are not in charge of that task. A workshop series designed to train science teachers in the latest advancements in science and...
ASCILITE - Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference 2009 (2009) pp. 91–95
A well-accepted form of educational training offered in molecular biology is participation in active research laboratories. However, this approach to learning severely restricts access. Addressing this need, the University of Hawaii launched a...
How Top US Medical Schools are Using Distance Learning Resources: An exploratory study of four institutions
World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2009 (Oct 26, 2009) pp. 2930–2935
Distance learning and many of its tools are not new, but their adoption and current use are different among unique contexts. An interdisciplinary team of researchers including professionals from Medicine and Educational Technology disciplines...
A Randomized Controlled Trial of Professional Development for Interdisciplinary Civic Education: Impacts on Humanities Teachers and Their Students
Dennis J. Barr; Beth Boulay; Robert L. Selman; Rachel McCormick; Ethan Lowenstein; Beth Gamse; Melinda Fine; M Brielle Leonard
Teachers College Record Vol. 117, No. 2 (2015)
Background/Context: Billions of dollars are spent annually on professional development (PD) for educators, yet few randomized controlled trials (RCT) have demonstrated the ultimate impact PD has on student learning. Further, while policymakers and...