1st Edition

The Sciences of Learning and Instructional Design Constructive Articulation Between Communities

Edited By Lin Lin, J. Michael Spector Copyright 2018
    244 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    244 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    There are two distinct professional communities that share an interest in using innovative approaches and emerging technologies to design and implement effective support for learning. This edited collection addresses the growing divide between the learning sciences community and the instructional design and technology community, bringing leading scholars from both fields together in one volume in an attempt to find productive middle ground. Chapters discuss the implications of not bridging this divide, propose possible resolutions, and go on to lay a foundation for continued discourse in this important area.

    Chapter 1: Historical Introduction

    J. Michael Spector and Lin Lin

    Chapter 2: The Sciences of Learning

    Pablo N. Pirnay-Dummer and Norbert M. Seel

    Chapter 3: Finding a Middle Ground: Wars Never Settle Anything

    Paul A. Kirschner and Kristine Lund

    Chapter 4: Comparing the Goals and Methodologies of Learning Scientists and Educational Technology Researchers

    Thomas C. Reeves and Eunjung Grace Oh

    Chapter 5: Learning Sciences and Instructional Design: Big Challenges, Multi-field, Multidisciplinary Solutions

    Wellesley R. Foshay and Jeremy Roschelle

    Chapter 6: Implications: Cherishing the Middle Ground

    Jan Elen

    Chapter 7: Reconsidering Design and Evaluation

    Andrew S. Gibbons and David D. Williams

    Chapter 8: Learning Science Applications for Research in Medicine

    Susanne P. Lajoie

    Chapter 9: An Asian Perspective on the Divide

    Allan H.K. Yuen

    Chapter 10: The Collaboration Imperative

    Ellen B. Meier

    Chapter 11: Synthetic Environmnts for Skills Training and Practice

    Robert Hubal and Thomas Parsons

    Chapter 12: Instructional Design and Learning Design

    Nancy Law

    Chapter 13: Learning Analytics Design

    Dirk Ifenthaler

    Chapter 14: Continuing the Discourse

    Lin Lin and J. Michael Spector


    Lin Lin is Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas, USA.

    J. Michael Spector is Professor and former Chair of Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas, USA.

    "Hats off to Drs. Lin and Spector for this wonderful contribution to the ongoing dialogues around two complimentary fields: Learning Sciences and Instructional Design & Technology. This edited text offers significant glimpses into what could be a future of true collaboration, and the framing by Drs. Lin and Spector addresses the fundamental issues around why these two fields haven’t collaborated earlier and how we can overcome those challenges in the future. Well done!"

    —Alison A. Carr-Chellman, Dean, College of Education and Professor, Curriculum & Instruction, University of Idaho, USA

    "Lin and Spector have admirably accomplished their goal of bridging the gap between the communities of the learning sciences, and instructional design and technology. The authors in this volume represent the leading lights in both communities as well as the "middle ground," tackling the tensions inherent to the various perspectives in deeply intellectual and highly practical discussions. The chapters are at once accessible for novices and thought-provoking for experts. It is essential reading for those devoted to improving human learning."

    —Wilhelmina C. Savenye, Professor of Educational Technology, Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation, Arizona State University, USA