Savilla I. Banister, Ph.D.

823 N. Main 529 Education Building

Bowling Green, OH 43402 Bowling Green State University

(419)353-0094 (419) 372-7297

Professional Portfolio:

I.Academic Degrees

Ph.D.Indiana University, School of Education, 2001

Major: Curriculum Studies

Minor: Multimedia Technology

M.S.Indiana University, 1986

Major: Elementary Education

B.S.Southwest Missouri State University, 1979

Major: Elementary Education

II. Academic Positions

A. Teaching Positions

Associate Professor (2007), Assistant Professor (2001-2007), Bowling Green State University, School of Teaching and Learning

Associate Instructor, Indiana University, School of Education, Instructional Systems Technology, 1999-2001

Teacher, Lincoln Elementary School, Columbus, IN, 1995-2001

B. Administrative Positions

Undergraduate Coordinator for Classroom Technologies, 2003-present

Co-Director, Project PICT, Bowling Green State University, 2002-2003

III. Non-academic Positions

Owner/instructor, Savilla’s School of Music, 1978-1999

IV. Teaching Experiences and Academic Service

A. Teaching Experiences

1. Undergraduate Courses

EDTL 303Computer Utilization in the Early Childhood Classroom, Fall 2006 to present.

EDTL 302 Computer Utilization in the Middle Childhood Classroom, Fall 2001 to present

  1. Undergraduate-Graduate Courses

EDTL 490/586 Seminar in Computer Utilization for Educators, Summer 2004

3. Graduate Courses

EDTL 611The Curriculum, (Online), Summer 2005 to present

EDTL 627 Technology and Reading Instruction, Spring 2007 to present

EDTL 633Hypermedia for Educators I, Fall 2005 to present

EDTL 639 Technology Tools in the Classroom, Fall 2007

EDTL 634Hypermedia for Educators II, Spring 2002 to present.

EDTL 638Seminar in Classroom Technology, Summer 2002 to present

EDTL 680 Reading Diagnostics and Technology, Spring 2004

EDTL 680 Inquiry-Based Learning Through Technology, Summer 2007

EDFI 642Research in Education, Summer 2004

4. Other Teaching

Integrating Digital Technologies into the Curriculum, East Broadway Middle School, 2006-2007

Technology Tools for Teachers, GEAR-UP, East Toledo Junior High, 2005-2006.

Computer Use for Young Learners, Early Childhood Conference, BGSU, September 24, 2005.

Digital Storytelling in the Middle School, GEAR-UP,

East Toledo Junior High, Spring 2004

Handheld Computers in K-12 Classrooms workshop series, PICT, Perrysburg High School, Spring 2003

Web Page Development workshop series, PICT, Napoleon High, Fall 2002 & Perrysburg High School, Spring 2003

Showcasing Student Work workshop series, PICT, Toth Elementary, Fall 2002

Hyperstudio workshop series, Project PICT, Crim Elementary, Fall 2001

5. Thesis and Dissertation Students

a. Project/Thesis Chair

Summer 2002 M.Ed. Classroom Technology 34

Summer 2003 M.Ed Classroom Technology 19

Spring 2005 Senior Honors Project Chair, Laura Kellogg

b. Dissertations: none

6. Membership on Dissertation Committees:

Fall 2005PhD Communication DisordersDerek Daniels

7. Membership on Thesis Committees

Spring 2004 M. ReadingMark Davis

Spring 2004 M. ReadingSarah Walters

Spring 2006 M. VCT Christopher Allen

Summer 2006 M. C & I Rene Steingraber

V. Curriculum Development

A. Courses

Revised and updated operational syllabi for EDTL 230, 303/302/367, 611, 627, 633, 634, 638 & 680 (and EDFI 642) and developed websites and Blackboard tools for these courses. Sites can be reviewed at /research.html

(Note: This course, EDTL 611, has been redesigned for online delivery)

EDTL 303, Computer Utilization for Early Childhood Classrooms, 2005 (new course, beginning spring 2006)

EDTL 230, Introduction to Educational Technology, 2007

(new course, beginning fall, 2007, f2f and online versions)

B. Workshops (see other teaching)

C. Educational Materials

Produced Finding Balance in Academia, a 10-minute video initially created for the CTLT 2007 New Faculty Learning Community. Available at (2007)

Lab Materials for EDTL 230 (2007)

Authored and produced Digital Technologies in the Art Classroom, a one-hour DVD compiled from research in Rene Steingraber’s middle school classroom at East Broadway Middle School. (2006)

Podcasts and vodcasts (12 total) created for EDTL 611 (2006)

EDTL 647, Democracy Across Boundaries, website and Blackboard shell materials designed for colleague, Dr. John Fischer’s use. (2005-2006)

Constructed Notable Names web-based Flash module for EDTL 611, The Curriculum. (2005-2006)

Developed and implemented EDHD Assessment of Technology Competencies, a key assessment for all teacher candidates in the College of Education and Human Development, 1999-2006.

Authored and produced Computers & Curriculum, a 40-minute DVD compiled from research in Maureen Judy’s 5th grade classroom at Ft. Miami Elementary School. (2002)

VI. Professional Development


Web CT Basics, Digital Video I, Digital Video II, Web-CT Quiz Tool. Web-CT Continued. Portfolio Development, Scanning, Audio for the Internet. Digital Technologies Learning Community Member (2004-2008). Web 2.0 Learning Community Member (2007-2008). Second Life Learning Community Member (2007-2008)

Technology Resource Center:

Blackboard, ERIC, Adobe Acrobat I & II, Digital Video and DVD, Apple Portfolio Demo, Promethian Interactive Demo.


PeopleSoft, Pagemaker I, II, III, & IV, Filemaker Pro I, II & III, Web Portal, DreamWeaver I, II & III, PDF’s in Webpages, BlackBoard 6 Training.


Grant Writing and Budgeting, Human Subjects Training.


Flash I & II, Director I & II, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro.


Workshop on Large Lecture Teaching, Experimental Digital Animation & Audio, Statistics in Education (EDFI 641), Contemporary Theory & Research (EDFI 677), BGSU Symposium on Electronic Portfolios, Handheld Computer Training, Handheld Conference(2003), Handheld Conference (2004), BGSU Content Management System, MAGNA Successful Online Instruction: Universal Design (2006)

VII. Academic Advising

A. Undergraduate

Year Number of Students Assigned

2002-200350 freshmen & 30 junior/senior; early childhood

2003-200479 early childhood majors

2004-200586 early childhood majors

2005-200678 early childhood majors

2006-200740 early childhood majors

2007-200836 early childhood majors

B. Graduate: none

VIII. Research Interests

I am interested in the complexities surrounding teacher and student use of computers in the classroom. Coupled with this focus, I bring a commitment to action research, digital data, and qualitative study. I’m currently gathering data in Ohio classrooms relating to exemplary teaching with technology and continuing studies on e-portfolio development for teacher candidates at BGSU. I am analyzing data from the Assessment of Technology Competencies and from online coursework. I am also focusing on the technological skills EDTL students are demonstrating as they enter, progress through, and exit our programs. My research and writing in these areas are quite active and productive.

I strongly believe in the scholarship of engagement, and am practicing this commitment through my work at East Broadway Middle School. I spend one full day each week in this school, supporting teachers and students in their educational technology interests and needs. These colleagues give me “real world” classroom experiences that keep me grounded and energized, and I give them my time and expertise to support powerful, curricular, technology integration.

IX.Research Projects and Grants


catalystOHIO Technology Community extended- Savilla Banister, PI: June, 2006, $38,000 (funded)

Ohio Board of Regents

The catalystOhio Technology Community work done in 2005-2006 expanded to 2006-2007.

Tech Connections: Phase One (TCP1)- Savilla Banister, PI: March, 2006, $50,000 (funded)

National Council for Community and Education Partnerships
AT&T Foundation

The Tech Connections: Phase One (TCP1) project focuses on teacher professional

development at East Toledo Junior High School1 (ETJH) regarding educational technologies. These efforts supplement and extend the work that has been occurring over the past three years. While many teachers have worked to increase their computer skills and have begun to use various digital technologies in their classrooms, financial hardships of the Toledo Public Schools Corporation have impacted the ability of the faculty to effectively integrate technologies related to two phenomena: faculty mobility and insufficient technical support.

Coordinating NETS-T Standards For Higher Ed Faculty in Ohio- Savilla Banister/Julia Matuga, Co-PI’s: August, 2005, $65,000 (funded)

Ohio Board of Regents

The catalystOhio Technology Community project has extended the regional (ETCP) work statewide. Using our model from 2004, this project now has added three regional projects, encompassing the entire state of Ohio. Through this endeavor, we are developing conversations and strategies for infusing the NETS-T in general education coursework among community colleges, technical colleges, and regional campuses of universities and colleges that prepare teachers in the high need areas of mathematics, science, and special education.

Improving BGSU’s Teacher Education Assessment System-Rachel Vannatta/Savilla Banister, Co-PI’s: April, 2005, $25,000 (funded)

Ohio Department of Education

The grant would funded faculty and student training and support for utilizing the university e-Portfolio system and BlackBoard to collect Key Assessment data for our college’s teacher education assessment process.

Technology Innovations Course Redevelopment Grant- Savilla Banister/Terry Herman, Co-PI’s: November, 2005, $40,000 (funded)

Ohio Learning Network

This project focuses on designing interactive, multimedia learning objects for EDTL 611, The Curriculum, and developing/teaching this course online. The purpose of this endeavor is to explore innovative and strategic elements of course design that can be translated to other course and institutions in the state of Ohio.

Teacher Quality Partnership-Sandy Stroop, Project Director; Savilla Banister, co-investigator (of 36 investigators): August, 2004, $10,000,000 project, over 5 years throughout state of Ohio (funded)

US Department of Education, Ohio Board of Regents, and multiple funding organizations in business and education throughout the state of Ohio

The Teacher Quality Partnership brings together business, school administration, state education, and teacher education leaders to study K-12 student achievement, related to teacher performance.

Coordinating NETS-T Standards For Arts & Science Faculty in Northwestern Ohio- Savilla Banister/Julia Matuga, Co-PI’s: June 15, 2004, $68,000 (funded)

Ohio Board of Regents

The Educational Technology Convergence Project supported and extended the Northwestern Ohio regional efforts in developing conversations and strategies for infusing the NETS-T in general education coursework among community colleges, technical colleges, and regional campuses of universities and colleges that prepare teachers in the high need areas of mathematics, science, and special education.

Ohio Learning Network Learning Communities Initiative Continuing Grant-Julie Matuga, Martha Gaustad, Savilla Banister, September 16, 2003 $5,000 (funded)

This grant continues to fund work to create and evaluate online core education courses (EFFECT-Educational Foundations for Every Classroom Teacher).

EDHD Assessment of Technology Competencies-Savilla Banister and Rachel Vannatta, BGSU SAAC Grant, $2,500 (funded)

This grant is funding the piloting of the EDHD Assessment of Technology Competencies (developed by S. Banister) in one large-group section of EDHD 201 during the spring semester of 2003. A database is being developed to house the records related to student progress in basic technology skills as measured by this assessment.

Digital Video Integration in Teacher Preparation-Savilla Banister, Project PICT, $5,000 (funded)

These funds were used to purchase digital video equipment to be used in EDTL 302 courses with the intent to pilot more challenging technical experiences for teacher candidates.

Ohio Learning Network Learning Community Initiatives- Savilla Banister, Kris Blair,Cathi Cardwell, Gwen Evans, Nick Gorant, Terry Herman, Dan Madigan, Connie Molnar, $3,000 (readiness), $25,000 (implementation) (funded)

This grant focused on the development of online modules to be used by graduate students seeking to improve their technical competencies with computer applications related to their scholarly work.

Electronic Portfolios in Higher Education-and Tara Jeffs, BGSU Faculty Development Grant, $2,000 (funded)

This grant has assisted in the gathering and analyzing information from EDTL faculty concerning content for electronic portfolios for teacher candidates.


Exemplary Teachers Using Technology, II-Savilla Banister, 2004-2008

This project involves collecting audio and video examples from nearby K-12 classrooms of teachers using technology to strongly support curricular goals. This data continues to be incorporated into CD-ROM’s and DVD’s that will be made available to EDTL faculty for sharing with teacher candidates. Currently, most of this research is being conducted at East Broadway Middle School, as part of the Gear-Up work I am doing there.

Exemplary Teachers Using Technology-Savilla Banister, 2002-2003

This project involved collecting audio and video examples from nearby K-12 classrooms of teachers using technology to strongly support curricular goals. This data has been incorporated into CD-ROM’s and DVD’s that have been made available to EDTL faculty for sharing with teacher candidates.


Electronic Literacy Learning Experiences- Rachel Vannatta/Savilla Banister, Co-PI’s:

June, 2007, $9,232,523 (unfunded)

Ohio Office of Literacy

This project addressed the State of Ohio’s interest in developing online literacy professional development for Ohio’s K-12 teachers. The entire four-year project proposed to develop, deploy, and assess the comprehensive program.

Living and Learning in a Technology Incubator-Savilla Banister/Linda Dobb, Co-PI’s: October, 2004, $265.000 (unfunded)

U.S. Department of Education

This project proposed to create a new residential learning community focused on technology where students interact with faculty, companies, the region, and each other to find new ways of using technology to enhance learning, social outreach, and innovative teaching. The project will follow the model of creating a student-driven research incubator within a residential living/learning community.

Technology and Assessment in Teacher Education-

Savilla Banister, PI, Trinka Messenheimer & Rachel Vannatta, Co-PI’s; submitted June, 2003, requested $1,017,940 (unfunded)

US Department of Education PT3 Grant

This grant proposed to better prepare teacher candidates to address student achievement needs through three initiatives. The first involved training students to use the DSL system to interpret national and state proficiency and achievement test results in order to alter instruction to encourage improved student academic achievement. The second targeted teacher candidates development of electronic portfolios that document their progress throughout their undergraduate teacher preparation program and demonstrate their expertise in addressing the demands of classroom teaching. Finally, the third component focused on the crafting of an interactive database that allows various stakeholders to access various components of teacher candidate portfolios for evaluative and reflective purposes. These three initiatives combine to use technology in powerful assessment systems that will result in P-12 increased academic achievement and more effective teacher candidates.

Self-Regulation, Goal Orientation, and Academic Achievement of Adolescent Onoine Learners: A Longitudinal Study- Julia Matuga/Savilla Banister, Co-PI’s : Summer, 2005, $200,000 (unfunded)

Institute of Educational Sciences

The purpose of this project is to investigate the relationships between self-regulation, goal orientation, and academic achievement on adolescent online learning at one K-12 online school, TRECA’s Digital Academy, over a three-year period.

X. Publications or Equivalencies

A. Publications

  1. Books:
  2. Textbooks-none
  3. Scholarly Books-none
  4. Anthologies and all edited texts designated as such-none
  5. Chapters of books

Banister, S. & Fischer, J. (2006). Civil War Studies through the use of Digital Video in the Middle School Classroom. In the NSCC Bulletin, No. 104: Exemplary Social Studies Lessons that Infuse Technology. Silver Springs, Maryland: National Council for the Social Studies.

Vannatta, R.A., Banister, S., Fischer, J., Messenheimer, T., Ross, C. (2005). Pathways for Change: Facilitating Faculty Empowerment and Voice. In S. Rhine (Ed.), Integrated Technologies, Innovative Learning: Insights from the PT3 Program. Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology in Education.

  1. Journal Articles
  2. Refereed articles

(1) Journal articles

Banister, S. & Vannatta, R. (in press)The Impact of Assessing Technology Competencies of Incoming Teacher Education Students. Computers in the Schools. (50% AR*)

Banister, S. (2007) Ethical issues and qualitative methods in the 21st century: How can digital technologies be embraced in the research community? Journal of Educational Qualitative Research, 1, 1-10.

Herman, T. & Banister, S. (2007) Face-to-face versus online coursework: A comparison of costs and learning outcomes. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education. 7(3). (40% AR)

Jeffs, T., & Banister, S. (2006) Enhancing collaboration and skill acquisition through the use of technology. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 14(2), 407-433. (15% AR)

Banister, S. & Vannatta, R. (2006) Testing electronic portfolio systems in teacher education: Finding the right fit. Action in Teacher Education, Winter. (15-20% AR)

Banister, S. & Ross, C. (2006) From high school to college: How prepared are teacher candidates for technology integration? Journal of Computing and Teacher Education, 22(2), 75-80. (22% AR)

Banister, S. & Vannatta, R. (2006) Beginning with a baseline: Insuring productive technology integration in teacher education. Journal of Technology in Teacher Education,14(1), 209-235. (15% AR)

Vannatta, R. & Banister, S. (2005) Dynamic Virtual Instruction: Enhancing Online Courses and Connections. Journal of the Research Center in Educational Technology, 2(Fall 2005).

Retrievable from the World Wide Web: (75% AR)

Michalski, P., Hodges, D., & Banister, S. (2005) Digital Storytelling in the Middle Childhood Special Education Classroom: A Teacher’s Story of Adaptations. Teaching Exceptional Children, Plus,1(4) Retrievable from the World Wide Web: (21-30% AR)

Banister, S. (2004) Exemplary Teachers Using Technology: Computers and Curriculum. Journal of the Research Center in Educational Technology, 1(Winter 2004-2005). Retrievable from the World Wide Web: (75% AR)

Banister, S. & Hodges, D. (2004) Digital Data in Qualitative Research: Strengthening the visibility and credibility of portraiture. Journal for Research Center in Educational Technology 1(Winter, 2004-2005) Retrievable from the World Wide Web: (75% AR)

Jeffs, T., Morrison, W., Messenheimer, T., Rizza, M., Banister, S. (2003). A retrospective analysis of technological advancements in special education. Computers in the Schools,20(1/2), 129-152. (50% AR)

Banister, S. (2002). A question of quality: The Malcolm Baldrige Criteria applied to education. Journal of Research for Educational Leaders, 1(2), 44-65. Retrievable from the World Wide Web: (6-10% AR)

(2) Proceedings

Banister, S. & Ross, C. (2007) Tech Connections: A Model for Professional Development Impacting the Digital Divide. Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Annual Conference.

Banister, S. (2006)Ethical Issues and Qualitative Methods in the 21st Century: How can digital technologies be embraced in the research community? Proceedings of the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research in Education Annual Conference.