Diana Abernathy Dell, Ed.S., Ph.D. Student|
Capella University, School
Specialization: Teaching and Training Online
Papers and Websites
All papers are in Word (.doc) format.
Course Website for Instructional Media
This website represents my learning as I explored several instructional
media tools including Dreamweaver, Coursebuilder, Hot Potatoes, and Flash.
In addition the course paper demonstrates my understanding of how how
instructional tools can be used to build expertise.
The Chronology of Learning
Theory and Implications for Instructional Design
Abstract: Learning theories have evolved overtime from a premise
that learning is a passive activity and involves nothing more than the
acquisition of new behavior. Theorists
now indicate that learning is a very active process and knowledge must be
constructed from the learner’s own experience.
Changes in learning theory are one factor that has brought about
the new paradigm for instructional design.
As learning theory and instructional design theories continue to
evolve, an eclectic approach to instruction will best meet the needs of
Kagan Cooperative Learning Structures to Asynchronous Online Learning
Abstract: Cooperative learning has been shown to expand a
student’s range of experience, foster skills of communication, promote
higher-level thinking, and increase social interaction.
Additional benefits included acceptance of diversity in students,
and improved attitudes for school and learning. Kagan cooperative learning
structures have been used successfully in traditional classrooms for
nearly three decades. To
transfer the benefits of cooperative learning to the virtual course room,
these structures were analyzed as to their adaptability for use in
asynchronous online learning communities.
Suggestions have been made to facilitate the integration of these
structures in distance learning situations.
The integration of cooperative structures in asynchronous
electronic learning environments can serve to eliminate feelings of
isolation and increase the socialization of distance learning students.
of Web-based “Quest-type” Formats using Bloom’s Taxonomy
Abstract:: Educators are progressively utilizing the Internet more
as an instructional tool rather than as a mere source of information.
In the last decade, numerous web-based “quest-type” activity
formats have been developed. The increasing importance of information-processing skills
demands that these formats incorporate higher level thinking skills.
Bloom’s Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain serves as a measure by
which to evaluate these activity formats.
A review of the six levels of the taxonomy is provided.
The subsequent evaluation and categorization of the
“quest-type” activity formats based on the incorporation of higher
level thinking skills is included.
Structures that Thwart Plagiarism
Abstract: Internet technologies deliver to
students an abundance of information at the click of a button.
This has created unparalleled opportunities for the improvement of
learning. However, these
opportunities are accompanied by potential ethical dilemmas.
Internet technologies have made it all too easy for learners to
copy the intellectual property of others and present it as their own work.
As a result “cyber” plagiarism is on the rise. Educators must accept
some of the responsibility for the increase in plagiarism because
they have failed to align and restructure their assignments for the
digital age. Teaching in the digital age demands that educators consider
the impacts of Internet technologies when structuring assignments. The
structure and requirement of assignments that can assist educators in
preventing plagiarism is the focus of this paper.
Bookmarking: An Information
Age Organizational Strategy
Abstract: Educators, who use the Internet and World Wide Web as a
teaching and learning tool, need Information Age organizational strategies
to effectively deal with the overwhelming supply of digital resources.
Bookmarks are an invaluable organizational tool that can assist
educators with this task. Online
bookmarking services provide a central repository of resources that can be
accessed from home or school by all members of a learning community. This
paper presents the results of an analysis of online bookmarking services
using criteria of most benefit to teachers and learners in educational
of Instructional Design and a Rationale for the Model of Instruction for
a Graduate Level Educational Technology Course in Hypermedia
The attributes of hypermedia offer clear advantages over many
traditional teaching and learning tools.
The known benefits of hypermedia have created
an increased demand for hypermedia skills and products within educational
institutions. To meet this demand, educators must understand the
pedagogical basis for the integration of hypermedia into instruction.
Furthermore, they must receive technical training to develop skill
in using hypermedia tool software. This
paper provides an analysis of instructional design theories and
principles that result in the creation of an eclectic model of instruction
for a graduate
level educational technology course in hypermedia.