Putting them together

Chong-ho Yu, Ph.Ds.

You don't have to be an expert in everything, but at least specialize in one to two areas. Where can you fit in?

Knowledge and Skills

Cognitive psychologist

Educational psychologist

knowledge of cognitive and educational psychology including cognitive (human mental structure and process) and motivational aspects

define psychological constructs related to learning

develop instructional theory

Instructional designer

Content expert

knowledge of instructional design

knowledge of the subject matter to be taught

design the course materials

Network specialist


Database programmer

knowledge of client-server technology, web development, database programming

develop dynamic websites

Research methodologist

knowledge of philosophical aspects of research paradigms

knowledge of design of experiment

evaluate the pros and cons of various research paradigms and designs

select and design the appriproiate research strategy

Measurement and testing specialist

knowledge of various test theories such as the true score model and item response theory

select the proper validated instrument for the research project

develop and validate surveys and tests

Data analyst

knowledge in different schools of data analysis such as classical procedures, Bayesian procedures, exploratory data analysis, and resampling

conduct meta-analysis to evaluate past research

analyze current data with different tools

This class is just an overview of what's involved in research and evaluation for Web-based instruction. It is recommended that you take the following classes in the future to further your knowledge in various research components:

  • Cognitive psychology
  • Learning theories
  • Motivation theories
  • Human interface
  • Computer networking
  • Database development
  • Philosophy of science
  • History of science
  • Design of experiment
  • Psychometrics or testing/measurement
  • Multivariate statistics
  • Exploratory data analysis
  • Structural equation modeling

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