I am an independent researcher, computer programmer, and instructional designer. Here you will find information about my past and current projects. If any of this sparks an interest, feel free to send me a question or comment via the contact page.
Instructional Technology Research
More than a decade of original research in a variety of topics in instructional technology taught me to analyze complex systems, identify user needs, apply basic research where appropriate, create appropriate designs, and produce system designs that lead to improved educational outcomes.
Systems Thinking in Training and Education
Systems thinking is the basis of many of the tools I like to use for the design of learning environments. The following graphic illustrates, in a simplified way, how systems theory evolved into systems thinking, and how the systems disciplines can contribute to training and education today (click on the graphic to expand).
I am currently developing a cognitive task support model for use in training simulators. This cognitive task support model is a user interface designed to condition the learner to follow expert cognitive processes. The model is based on my prior research into intelligent tutoring systems at the US Air Force Research Laboratory, with additional insights from research conducted for the Office of Naval Research into expert instructional design practices. Currently I am using the model to assist in the design of game-like teaching environments. The model will hopefully be tested eventually, to determine wither this approach improves the acquisition of skills and knowledge.