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Five Star Instruction

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Dr. M. David Merrill, Founder and director of the Division of Instructional Research, Development and Evaluation at Brigham Young University and author of 12 books on instruction and instructional technology, presents a brief but cogent overview of principles of good instruction.From the website, "Over the years I have had the opportunity to evaluate hundreds of instructional products. An amazing number of these are surprisingly ineffective and some do not teach at all. Like a book, too much... More
Material Type: Presentation
Technical Format: Video
Date Added to MERLOT: January 30, 2002
Date Modified in MERLOT: February 28, 2015
Submitter: Peter Shea


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Primary Audience: College General Ed, Graduate School, Professional
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Technical Requirements: Real Player ( )
Language: English
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Avatar for Dan Eastmond
4 years ago

Dan Eastmond (Administrator)

I have been an admirer of Dr. David Merrill's Five Star Evaluations of Online Learning for several years -- attending presentations about its application by Max Cropper at Utah State University.  This site provides some theoretical background for it at the links provided.  However, it is now dated.  The material here is more theoretical than applied, and some application examples have been developed.  Also see technical comments below.

Technical Remarks:

Links to the videos and some papers do not work -- error messages display that they are not longer on the servers to which directed.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes