Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology

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Robert A. Reiser, John V. Dempsey
Merrill/Prentice Hall, 2002 - Education - 415 pages

For Introductory, Trends & Issues, Overview, and Foundations courses within the areas of educational technology/instructional technology, and instructional design.

Written by the leading figures in the field, this text clearly defines and describes the rapidly converging fields of instructional design, instructional technology, and performance technology. The text discusses the trends and issues that have affected the field in the past and present, and those trends and issues likely to affect it in the future. It incorporates a variety of instructional features that provide an excellent instructional framework for instructors and a strong learning support for students.

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About the author (2002)

John V. Dempsey is Professor and Chair of the Department of Behavioral Studies and Educational Technology and Director of the Online Learning Lab at the University of South Alabama. He has taught a Trends and Issues course for ten years. Dr. Dempsey has written numerous journal articles and chapters and coedited a book entitled Interactive Instruction and Feedback. A practicing instructional designer, he most recently completed an educational web site for the national weather service (NOAA) and is developing a series of educational CD-ROMs involving environmental education topics. Increasingly, his academic and professional interests focus on technology-based learning environments, but they are prone to drift hither and yon.

Robert A. Reiser is Professor in the Instructional Systems program at Florida State University. He joined the Florida State faculty in 1976, after getting his doctorate in educational technology from Arizona State University in 1975. He has written two books and more than forty journal articles on instructional design and technology. In recent years, his research interests have focused on techniques for evaluating educational software and examining and improving the planning practices of teachers. Dr. Reiser is currently the principal investigator on a Knight Foundation project designed to promote the use of technology as an integral part of instruction practices in middle schools. In 2000, he was the sole recipient of the University Distinguished Teacher Award, the highest teaching award at Florida State University.

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