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M.J. Bishop

Credentials: Associate Vice Chancellor and Director of the University System of Maryland’s William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation

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Dr. M.J. Bishop is Associate Vice Chancellor and Director of the University System of Maryland’s William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, established in 2013 to create a collaborative culture of academic innovation that catalyzes new ways of thinking about student success, translates ideas into action, and scales and sustains promising practices.  Informed by the diversity of USM’s 12 public higher education institutions, findings from the learning sciences, and capabilities of emerging technologies, the Center leads statewide efforts to implement, evaluate, and scale and sustain innovations aimed at student success. Prior to USM, Dr. Bishop was Associate Professor and Director of Lehigh University’s Teaching, Learning, and Technology Program where she was responsible for the institution’s graduate programs in instructional technology and teacher education.  While at Lehigh, Dr. Bishop received several awards for her research and teaching including the prestigious Stabler Award for Excellence in Research and Teaching.


Instructional Message Design: Past, Present, and Future Relevance

Instructional message design (IMD) has been described as the “next step” in the instructional design process –moving beyond deciding what methods will bring about desired knowledge changes toward specifying the exact form messages should take to optimize learning. But while instructional design has shifted from objectivist to constructivist views, IMD has remained firmly rooted in a transmission model of communication. This presentation explores IMD’s potential future relevance from the conversation theory view of learning.