Sarah Bryans-Bongey, Ed.D.

Associate Professor, Instructional Technology
(319) 273-5527

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0606

What drove your interest in your discipline? Being a lifelong learner myself inspired me to pursue a career as a teacher!

What attracted you to UNI and the College of Education? The fact UNI is renowned for its excellent teaching and the wonderful opportunities for students attending this institution. I also am excited about the many resources and supports for research, and look forward to collaborating with colleagues. Things like the IRTS Lab, Rod Library, Center for Teaching Excellence, research and grant support, and the New Faculty Colloquium demonstrate the institution's commitment to the success of its faculty and positions the Institution as an innovator.

Areas of Expertise: 

Educational technology

Selected Publications: 

Bryans-Bongey, S. E., & Rosen, C. (2019). Strategic professional development for busy teachers: Profile of a high-impact instructional design. International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research, (18)10. 

Bryans-Bongey, S. (2018). Encouraging Student Engagement in STEM Fields through Teacher Training and the Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). In W. James & C. Cobanoglu (Eds.), Advances in Global Education and Research (Ch. 17). Sarasota, FL: ANAHEI Publishing. 

Bryans-Bongey, S. (2018). Tech-based approaches to supporting and engaging diverse learners: Visual strategies for success. Contemporary Issues in Education Research, (11)2, 43-54. 

Graziano, K., & Bryans-Bongey, S. (2018). Surveying the national landscape of online teacher training in K-12 teacher preparation programs. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, (34)4. 

Bryans-Bongey, S. (2016). Building community in K-12 online courses: The Community of Inquiry (CoI). In S. Bryans-Bongey & K. Graziano (Eds.), Online teaching in K-12: Models, methods, and best practices for teachers and administrators. Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc.

Bryans-Bongey, S., & Graziano, K. (Eds.) (2016). Online teaching in K-12: Models, methods, and best practices for teachers and administrators. Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc.

Bryans-Bongey, S. (2015). Meeting the holistic needs of K-12 online learners: Designing schools for the future. Internet Learning Journal, 4(2), 7-24. 

Bryans-Bongey, S. (2011). Making the grade: Standards and promoting achievement through technology. In M. Manafy & H. Gautschi (Eds.), Dancing with digital natives: Staying in step with the generation that’s transforming the way business is done (Ch. 15). Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc.

Bryans-Bongey, S., Cizadlo, G., & Kalnbach, L. (2010). Blended solutions: Using a course management system to deliver the benefits of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Campus-Wide Information Systems, 27(1), 4-16.

Bryans-Bongey, S., Cizadlo, G., & Kalnbach, L. (2007). Explorations in coursecasting: Podcasts in higher education. Campus-Wide Information Systems, 23(5), 350-367. 

Bryans-Bongey, S., & Cizadlo, G. (2005). Using a Course Management System (CMS) to meet the challenges of large lecture classes. Campus-Wide Information Systems, 22(5), 252-262.

Honors & Awards: 

2018: Best Paper Award, Encouraging student engagement in STEM fields through teacher training and the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). In J.B. Waynne & C. Cobanoglu (Eds.), Advances in Global Education and Research: Proceedings of the Global Conference on Education and Research ((pp. 214-221)

2016: Teaching Excellence Award, Nevada State College

2007-2010: Fellowship, University of Minnesota Doctoral Program in Teaching and Learning


B.A., The College of St. Scholastica, English and teaching, 2000
M.Ed., The College of St. Scholastica, educational media and technology, 2001
Ed.D., University of Minnesota, Duluth, teaching and learning, 2012
Certificate, California State University, Northridge, advanced assistive technology applications