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Elizabeth Folta

Elizabeth Folta
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor

356 Illick Hall
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone: (315) 470-4938/470-6760

Email: efolta@esf.edu

Education

  • Ph.D. Science Education (Minor: Fisheries and Wildlife Science), NC State University
  • M.N.R. Outdoor Recreation, NC State University
  • B.F.A. Stage Management, University of NC School of the Arts

Research Interests

I am interested in using technology and Citizen Science to engage students in the natural environment.

1.     Designing and implementing augmented reality games that offer students real world experiences in various science fields.

2.     Using augmented reality games to train Citizen Scientist.

3.     Improving the quality of Citizen Science data and training.

4.     I am also interested in examining knowledge and perceptions of Environmental Literacy.

Courses Taught

 

Undergraduate Major

 

Undergraduate Minor

Publications

Book & Book Chapter:

Annetta, L.A., Folta, E., & Klesath, M. J. (2010). V-Learning: Distance Education in the 21st Century Through 3D Virtual Learning Environments. Springer, The Netherlands.

Annetta, L.A., Minogue, J., Holmes, S., Folta, E., Cheng, M.T., & Klesath, M. (2008). Using Case Studies As The Narrative To Game Design and Development. In D. Gibson and Y.K. Baek (Eds.). Digital Simulations for Improving Education: Learning Through Artificial Teaching Environments. Hershey, PA: IGI Global

 

Journal Articles:
Beth Folta

Annetta, L.A., Frazier, W.M., Folta, E., Holmes, S.Y., Lamb, R., & Cheng, M.T. (2013). Science teacher efficacy toward professional development using video games in a design-based research model: The next generation of STEM Learning. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 22(1), 47-61.

Cheng, M.T., Annetta, L.A., Folta, E, & Holmes, S.Y. (2011). Drugs and the brain: Learning the impact of methamphetamine abuse on the brain through virtual brain exhibit in the museum. International Journal of Science Education, 33(2), 299-319.

Annetta, L.A., Holmes, S.Y., Cheng, M.T., & Folta, E. (2010) Measuring student perceptions: Designing an evidenced centered activity model for a serious educational game development software. International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations, 2(3), 24-42.


Current Graduate Advisees

Current Graduate Advisees

Rachel HoppinsRachel Hoppins
rshoppin@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Rickard and Folta
  • Area of Study: Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes
  • Undergraduate Institute: Kansas St University of Manhattan (Biology)

Jacqueline McCabeJacqueline McCabe
jmmccabe@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MPS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Folta
  • Area of Study: Environmental Interpretation

Emma MiniscalcoEmma Miniscalco
eminisca@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MPS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Folta
  • Area of Study: Environmental Interpretation

Stephanie NickStephanie Nick
smnick@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MPS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Folta and Fierke
  • Area of Study: Environmental Interpretation

Brianna RosamiliaBrianna Rosamilia
brosamil@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Folta
  • Area of Study: Environmental Interpretation

Morgan SmithMorgan Smith
mlsmi100@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Folta
  • Area of Study: Environmental Interpretation

Sara VelardiSara Velardi
shvelard@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Selfa and Folta
  • Area of Study: EFB Environmental Interpretation

Selected Presentations

Folta, E. (November 14, 2012). Interpretive Podcasts: Teaching Tool and Creative Outlet. Paper Presented at the National Association for Interpretation National Workshop, Hampton, VA.

Folta, E. (June 22, 2012) Geocaching for Education-Connecting the Dots! Session presented at the Leopold Education Project (LEP) national conference, Peninsula, OH.

Annetta, L.A., Lamb, R., Minogue, J., Cheng, R., Vallett, D.B., Holmes, S.Y. & Folta, E. (March 26, 2012). Immersing preservice science teachers in Serious Educational Games. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for the Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Indianapolis, IN.

Folta, E. (November 9, 2011). Interpreting Nature through Augmented Reality Games. Paper presented at the national workshop of the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), Saint Paul, MN.

Folta, E. & Cheng, R. (October 14, 2011). How can Augmented Reality games be used in Environmental Education? Paper presented at the annual conference of the North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE), Raleigh, NC.

Folta, E. (October 11, 2011). Red Wolf Caper: Designing MSEGs for Middle School Students Environmental Lieracy. Paper presented at the research symposium of the North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE), Raleigh, NC.

Folta, E. (July 29,2011). “Plugging-In” the Outdoors: Using Augmented Reality Games to Connect People to Nature. Session presented at the Leopold Education Project (LEP) national conference, Albuquerque, NM.

 

Thurmond, B., Holmes, S.Y., Annetta, L.A., Folta, E., Sears, M., Cheng, R., Bowling, B. (April 5, 2011). Student Perceptions of Learning and Engagement with Scientific Concepts through Serious Educational Game (SEG) Development. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for the Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Orlando, FL.

 

Folta, E., Annetta, L.A., Cheng, R., Lamb, R., & Holmes, S.Y. (April, 4, 2011). Investigating the Impact of Student Learning and Outdoor Science Interest through Modular Serious Educational Games. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for the Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Orlando, FL.

Folta, E., Annetta, L.A., & Cheng, R. (January 21, 2011). Designing mSEGs for Environmental Literacy. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), Minneapolis, MN.

Annetta, L.A., Klesath, M., Holmes, S.Y., Cheng, M.T., & Folta, E. (March 23, 2010). Racing into the 21st century: Usability testing results from a serious educational game. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of the research in Science Teaching (NARST), Philadelphia, PA.

Holmes, S.Y., Annetta, L.A., Cheng, M.T., & Folta, E. (March 23, 2010). Embedding assessment in serious educational games: Impacting the hawthorne effect. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of the research in Science Teaching (NARST), Philadelphia, PA.

Cheng, M.T., Folta, E., Annetta, L.A., & Holmes, S.Y. (March 23, 2010). Assessing post serious educational game attitudes through naturalistic inquiry. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of the research in Science Teaching (NARST), Philadelphia, PA.

Cheng, M.T., Annetta, L.A., Holmes, S.Y., Folta, E., & Cheng, W.K. (January 15, 2010). Virtual reality learning environment for drug use education. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education, Sacramento, CA.

Annetta, L.A., Holmes, S.Y., Cheng, M.T., Folta, E., & Cheng, W.K. (January 14, 2010). Testing usability of a serious educational physics game. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education, Sacramento, CA.

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of Interpreters (NAI)
  • North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE)
  • Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE)
  • New York State Outdoor Education Association (NYSOEA)

Certifications

  • National Association for Interpretation Certified Interpretive Trainer
  • Project WILD, Project WET, and Project Learning Tree Facilitator
  • NC Environmental Education Certification
  • NC State University GIS Certification
  • Wildlife Chemical Immobilization Certification - Safe Capture International
  • PADI Rescue Diver

Awards

  • 2002 National Park Service’s “On the Spot Award” – Blue Ridge Parkway
  • 2001 National Park Service’s “Time-off Recognition” – Cape Hatteras National Seashore
  • 2000 Selected to be 1of 50 published in the Department of Interior’s, “Safety Day Idea Book”
  • 1999 National Park Service’s “On the Spot Award” – Fort Raleigh NHS

Publications

    Prior Employment

    • City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department (Nature Camp Director & Nature Instructor)
    • NC Wildlife Resources Commission (Wildlife Education Specialist)
    • National Park Service
      • Blue Ridge Parkway (Lead Interpretive Park Ranger)
      • Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Interpretive Park Ranger)
      • Fort Raleigh National Historic Site (Park Guide)

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