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CSI Learning Designer Advances in NATO-Sponsored Competition

Release Date: Thursday 2023-09-21

Candace Boesiger, a Learning Designer with the Teaching and Learning Center at the College of Southern Idaho (CSI), along with her teammate Theresa Huff, an Instructional Designer with the Office of eLearning at North Idaho College, have been selected as one of three finalist teams in The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) annual instructional design competition.

Dean Tiffany Seeley-Case said in response to the news, “I’ve always known Candace to be innovative, organized, and persistent in her pursuit of excellence, and this achievement showcases those qualities. Her work makes a daily impact on the success of faculty at CSI.”

"It has been a fun and rewarding project to work on with Theresa. My dissertation work is based on onboarding adjuncts at CSI, and the problem put forth by NATO ACT as part of the competition fits perfectly with that work," said Boesiger. "The competition allowed me to use all the knowledge and skills I have gained during my doctoral program and develop a novel approach to new employee onboarding."

Candace has worked at CSI for 10 years in various capacities. In 2019 she received the Career-Technical Faculty Excellence Award before joining the Teaching and Learning Center in 2021 as a Learning Designer. The team of two is representing Idaho State University, where both are doctoral students in the Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Instructional Design and Technology program.

The Association for Educational Communications and Technology unites individuals from around the world in their passion to improve teaching and learning through technology. As the pioneering professional organization for instructional designers, AECT upholds high standards of scholarship and practice. The AECT Design and Development competition pulls in talented graduate students from programs across the world to address a challenging problem relevant to the interests of the adult learning and performance-improvement community.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization Allied Command Transformation (NATO ACT) sponsors the annual competition and provided competitors with a real-life challenge this year that focuses on new employee onboarding and retention. Candace and Theresa will present their final proposal to employees of NATO ACT and a panel of judges during AECT's annual conference in October in Orlando, Florida.

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