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Hardcover | $40.00 X | £32.95 | 520 pp. | 7 x 9 in | 3 halftones, 23 line drawings, 38 tables | August 2010 | ISBN: 9780262013949
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Instruction and Technology

Designs for Everyday Learning


The perpetual connectivity made possible by twenty-first-century technology has profoundly affected instruction and learning. Emerging technologies that upend traditional notions of communication and community also influence the ways we design and evaluate instruction and how we understand learning and learning environments. In Instruction and Technology, Brad Mehlenbacher offers a detailed, multidisciplinary analysis of the dynamic relationship between technology and learning. Mehlenbacher describes how today’s ubiquitous technology conflates our once separated learning worlds--work, leisure, and higher educational spaces. He reviews the ongoing cross-disciplinary conversation about learning with technology and distance education and examines a dozen models of instruction and learning with technology drawn from peer-reviewed research. Taking an integrative perspective toward design, Mehlenbacher offers a framework for everyday instructional situations, describing five interdependent dimensions: learner background and knowledge, learner tasks and activities, social dynamics, instructor activities, and learning environment and artifacts. The technologies that distribute today’s classroom across time and space call for a new discussion about what we value in the traditional classroom. [Rather than simply offering recipes for creating online instruction,] with Instruction and Technology Mehlenbacher lays the groundwork for the long-term multidisciplinary investigation that will be required as researchers and practitioners shape and extend the boundaries of this emerging field.

About the Author

Brad Mehlenbacher is Associate Professor of Distance Learning in the Leadership, Policy, Adult and Higher Education Department, Primary Faculty Member with Human Factors and Ergonomics in the Psychology Department, Affiliated Faculty Member with Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media in the English and Communication Departments, and Affiliated Faculty Member with the Digital Games Research Center in the Computer Science Department at North Carolina State University.

Table of Contents

  • Instruction and Technology
  • Instruction and Technology
  • Designs for Everyday Learning
  • Brad Mehlenbacher
  • The MIT Press
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • London, England
  • ©
  • 2010
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form by any electronic or mechanical means (including photocopying, recording, or information storage and retrieval) without permission in writing from the publisher.
  • For information about special quantity discounts, please email
  • This book was set in Stone Sans and Stone Serif by Toppan Best-set Premedia Limited. Printed and bound in the United States of America.
  • Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
  • Mehlenbacher, Brad.
  • Instruction and technology : designs for everyday learning / Brad Mehlenbacher.
  •  p. cm.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • ISBN 978-0-262-01394-9 (hardcover : alk. paper)
  • 1. Education—Computer network resources. I. Title.
  • LB1044.87.M44 2010
  • 371.33′4—dc22
  • 2009036080
  • 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
  • This book is dedicated to Eleanor Dare and Frances Elizabeth.
  • I never had time for it when I was with them.
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • ix
  • Introduction
  • xi
  • 1 Everyday Learning
  • 1
  • 2 Learning Worlds
  • 21
  • 3 Research Conversations
  • 79
  • 4 Models of Instruction and Learning with Technology
  • 109
  • 5 Designs for Learning
  • 159
  • 6 A Framework for Everyday Instructional Situations
  • 193
  • 7 Futures for Instruction and Learning with Technology
  • 331
  • Appendix
  • 357
  • Notes
  • 393
  • References
  • 399
  • Author Index
  • 471
  • Subject Index
  • 489


““Mehlenbacher brings the lens of learning styles to Web-based instruction, but winds up reintegrating the elephant of instruction, perceived piecemeal by so many disciplinary blind men. This comprehensive critical review could not have come at a better time: technology is the lynchpin in the vision of every instructional entrepreneur. This book provides the broad and thoughtful foundation for designers and researchers that those visions require. Today's graduate students, who will have to transcend disciplinary boundaries, should read this book.” John M. Carroll, Edward M. Frymoyer Professor of Information Sciences and Technology, Pennsylvania State University”

““Mehlenbacher unpacks the complex relationships between instruction and technology while emerging as a sensitive guide to the frequently confusing and disparate landscapes of learning with technology.” Karen Schriver, President, KSA Communication Design & Research”


2012 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) / Conference on College Composition and Communication’s Best Book in Technical and Scientific Communication Award