For the past several years I have been fortunate to have spent considerable time in other parts of the world, primarily giving presentations as well as actively recruiting new graduate students for our Master of Arts program in Instructional Systems and more recently, the Ph.D. in Education program with an emphasis on Instructional Technology. This work I hope to continue indefinitely.
For the past several years, a team of doctoral students and I
have been examining the relationship between Asian pedagogy and
instructional technology, particularly as it affects our Asian
students studying in the West. A “Phase
II” of our research has now evolved – one that considers recent
mandates in Asia that require teaching computing and English from
the third grade onward. Our concern relates to compatibility, the
requisite symbiosis between Eastern Confucian pedagogy and the
We are of the opinion that massive change will have to occur in
Asia if technology, truly integral to instruction, is to succeed.
For many years, I conducted research for Eastern and Continental Airlines, and NASA related to the impact of fatigue on cockpit crews flying transoceanic night flights. My interests in this area are now focusing on cabin crew fatigue and its impact on performance. Related to this area has been my writing related to long duration spaceflight and the need for discretionary time activities.
If you are wondering why I study such things or how it all relates to being in a College of Education...join the club! The connection is very simple and direct...my academic area was and is Instructional Systems and one aspect of that area is the human/machine interface and related training needs required in these areas.
Finally, my other major interest has been and is being of service to my students, no matter where they may be located. The UCF Instructional Systems master's program has a twenty-five year reputation of graduating some of the best and brightest practitioners.
It is also a graduate program with heart, one in which each student
looks out for and helps the other. I am proud of our students and
will feature some of them from time to time.
To the right you will see some of my major areas of interest and involvement.