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Phone:  617-353-3181
E-mail:  whittier@bu.edu
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Educational History

  • Ed D Boston University
  • Ed M Boston University
  • BA University of Vermont

Profile

Dr. Whittier supervises the curriculum and the program in educational media and technology. His teaching responsibilities include the history and philosophy of educational technology as a study within the field of education, distance education research and design, cyberethics and policies for technology use, dissertation advisement, designing educational multimedia, and supervising instructional technology practicums. Dr. Whittier also supervises the educational technology curriculum for all teacher preparation programs. Dr. Whittier’s current research interests include the Teacher as Designer of Instructional Technology and Time Online/Pedagogy of the Web, that focus on designing technology-based resources to most effectively support teaching and learning in the classroom, online, and in hybrid learning environments. These projects focus on preparing teachers to use technology effectively in support of teaching and learning, faculty development, and various aspects of online teaching and learning. In 2006, Dr. Whittier initiated a research and education project in Cyberethics and Policies for Technology Use. This work continues in research, scholarship, and teaching, one example of which is Dr. Whittier’s service as curriculum designer for an online course in Digital Citizenship funded through a 2012-2013 Facebook grant to the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE). As Director (2004-05) and Co-Director (2001-2004) of a US Department of Education PT3 grant (Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to use Technology), Dr. Whittier directed faculty development in designing and using Web-based and other resources to enhance teaching and modeling of technology and curriculum integration. The Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education and Journal of Technology and Teacher Education (CITE/JTATE) awarded Dr. Whittier the 2004 Technology Leadership Award for the Teacher as Software Developer program. Dr. Whittier served as pk-12 media specialist in the Brookline, Massachusetts Public Schools, experience that grounds his work in preparing educational technologists and instructional designers and guides his research, teaching, and service in higher education.

Courses Taught

  • SED EM550 Introduction to Educational Media & Technology
  • SED EM630 Cyberethics and Policies for Technology Use
  • SED EM680 Distance Education Research and Design
  • SED EM690 Designing Educational Multimedia
  • Dissertation Advisement / Supervision of Student Teaching / Independent Study / Practicum Instructional Technology/ Internship Educational Media

Selected Publications

    • Whittier, D. (2013). Cyberethics: Envisioning Character Education in Cyberspace, Peabody Journal of Education, 88(02), 227-244.
    • Whittier, D., (2013). From dutiful to enlightened: Developing a next generation course in Digital Citizenship. Proceedings, Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (SITE)2013:1. Annual International Conference. New Orleans, LA. March 26, 2013. Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). http://www.editlib.org/p/48389/.
    • Whittier, D., (2012). CE-101: Cyberethics education and Internet psychology. Proceedings Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) 2012:1. Annual International Conference 2012. Austin, TX. Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). March 2012.
    • Whittier, D., (2012). Cyberethics education and Internet psychology. China Journal of Educational Technology, 中国电化教育. Capital Normal University, Beijing, China.
    • Whittier, D., (2011). Pedagogy of the Web: Improving practice teaching and learning online. In G. Trentin & M. Repetto, (Eds.), Faculty Training for Web Enhanced Learning. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
    • Whittier, D., (2011). The Teacher as Designer of Instructional Technology: Summarizing over 10 years of teacher education to use technology. Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) Proceedings, International Conference Annual 2011, Nashville, TN. Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
    • Kim. J., & Whittier, D., (2011). Pedagogical value of online video resources. Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) Proceedings, International Conference Annual 2011. Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
    • Ma, L., & Whittier, D., (2010). How faculty’s satisfaction with teaching online relates to synchronous/asynchronous communication. Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) Proceedings, International Conference Annual 2010, Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
    • Whittier, D., & Supavai, E., (2009). Supporting knowledge building communities with an online application. Society for Information Technology and Teacher Preparation (SITE) Proceedings, International Conference Annual 2009 Chesapeake, VA: : Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)..
    • Whittier, D. (2008). Time Online: Faculty activities and satisfaction teaching online. Society for Information Technology and Teacher Preparation (SITE) Proceedings, International Conference Annual 2008 Chesapeake, VA : Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
    • Whittier, D., (2007). Hackers and Heroes. III International Conference on TechnoethicsProceedings: EPSON Foundation – Institute of Technoethics and Universitat de Barcelona (Science and Technology Ethics Research Group).
    • Whittier, D. (2006). Cyberethics in the Googling age. Journal of Education, 187(2), special issue : Boston University.
    • Whittier, D., & Lara, S., (2006). Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) at Boston University through Faculty Development: Assessment of Three Years of the Project. Technology, Pedagogy and Education 15(3), October 2006: Taylor & Francis, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK. (http://www.triangle.co.uk/jit/).

     

      Selected Presentations

        • From dutiful to enlightened: Developing a next generation course in Digital Citizenship. Panel: Whittier, D., Plants, R., Ochoa, M. Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) Annual International Conference. New Orleans, LA, March 26, 2013.
        • Cyberethics for Teachers, Students, and the School Community. Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MassCUE) and Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS) joint conference, October 24, 2012, Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA. With Dana Susko. http://www.slideshare.net/dbwhittier/cyberethics-for-teachers-students-and-the-school-community
        • CE-101: Cyberethics education and Internet psychology. Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) International Conference Annual 2012. Austin, TX, March 8, 2012.
        • Why we should teach all subjects as history & how to do it through a knowledge-building community database. Boston University Instructional Innovation Conference. March 2, 2012, Boston, MA.
        • Invited panelist: Assessing 21st Century Learning, an online Webinar sponsored by EdTechTeacher and the Massachusetts Education Technology Administrators Association (METAA). December 20, 2011.
        • The Teacher as Designer of Instructional Technology: Transcending time and technology in designing for global teaching and learning. MassCUE and M.A.S.S. 2011 Annual Technology Conference, Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MassCUE) and the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (M.A.S.S.). Oct. 26, 2011, Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts. http://www.slideshare.net/dbwhittier/masscue-2011-presentation-final
        • How confidential is your correspondence through cyberspace? Invited presentation to the Pi Lambda Theta education honor society. Boston University School of Education, Boston, MA February 28, 2011.
        • Encouraging Cyberethics and Safety Online, Invited presentation, Superintendent’s Forum, Office of School Partnerships, University of Massachusetts Lowell. Lowell, Massachusetts, April 30, 2010.
        • Assessing the Teacher as Software Developer/Teacher as Website Developer program exiting student teaching. Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) International Conference Annual 2010, San Diego, CA, March 31, 2010.
        • Developing Ethical and Intellectual Identity Online. ASB Unplugged: Transforming Teaching and Learning with Laptops and Tablets. The American School of Bombay, Mumbai, India, February 28, 2010.
        • Internet Safety: Report on Research. Invited presentation, Educational Technology Advisory Council Initiatives. Massachusetts Computer Using Educators and Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents joint conference. Foxboro, Massachusetts. October 28, 2009.
        • Cyberethics: Challenges to developing ethical behavior online. Invited presentation, Parent’s Weekend, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts. October 16, 2009.

         

          Recent Boston University Service

            • Teaching & Learning Technologies Governance Committee. 2010-present.
            • Provost’s Faculty Advisory Board for Distance Education 2007-2010. http://www.bu.edu/fabde/index.shtml.
            • Chair, faculty search committee, Program in Educational Media & Technology 2011-2012
            • School of Education Instructional Technology Committee 2011-2012
            • Associate Provost’s advisory committee on electronic portfolio use at BU 2008-present.
            • College of Communication Dean’s Search Committee 2007-2008
            • University Council Committee on Administrative Policy: Working group to develop university policy on the use of the BU name and logo 2007-2008
            • Faculty Council Representative 2004 – 2008
            • Committee on Policy on the Use of Boston University’s Name and Logos. Faculty council representative 2007-2008.
            • Faculty Council Alternate 2002-2004
            • Faculty Grievance Committee 2006-2007
            • School of Education Web Site Development Committee 2005-2006
            • School of Education Technology Committee (chair) 2003-2005
            • Center for Excellence in Teaching – Advisory Board 2003-2005.

              Other Service

                • Curriculum Team Leader and University Liaison, Preparing Teachers to Teach Digital Citizenship. Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) Facebook Grant (2012-2013). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
                • International Editorial Review Board, International Journal of Cyber Ethics in Education An official publication of the Information Resources Management Association. IGI Publishing www.igi-global.com.
                • University of Massachusetts/Boston, invited to serve on Academic Quality Assessment and Development (AQUAD) evaluation of graduate (masters degree) program in Instructional Design, College of Education and Human Development. February/March, 2011.
                • Massachusetts State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Educational Technology Advisory Committee (2004-2010) advising the Commissioner on issues related to technology in education. http://www.doe.mass.edu/boe/sac/edtech/
                • Virtual School Advisory Council, Advise the Commissioner of the Massachusetts State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, representatives of Massachusetts State Legislature, and school superintendents on establishing a virtual school district in Massachusetts. Elected by the Educational Technology Advisory Council.
                • Framingham History Center – Educational Technology Advisor 2005-present
                • Massachusetts PT3 Action Collaborative (2001-2004). A collaborative of Massachusetts’ universities and colleges who received US DOE grants from the Preparing Tomorrow’s Teacher to use Technology program (PT3) co-founder.

                 

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