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Dennis Beck

Dennis Beck

Assistant Professor

College of Education and Health Professions

(CIED)-Curriculum & Instruction

Phone: 479-575-3342

Fax: (479) 575-2492

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Dennis Beck is an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at the University of Arkansas. He enjoys teaching courses in instructional design, integrating technology into the curriculum, and educational technology research.  He also has a wealth of experience in the design of online and blended courses in educational and corporate training environments. 

He has published in several other venues, including Computers & Education, American Journal of Distance Education, Educational Administration Quarterly, Journal of Educational Research, and the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research.   

My research agenda focuses on the impact of educational technologies on vulnerable populations. Vulnerable populations are groups that are not well integrated into the education system because of ethnic, cultural, economic, geographic, health, or other characteristics. This isolation puts members of these groups at risk for not obtaining necessary education, and thus constitutes a potential threat to their future quality of life.  My research agenda centers on vulnerable populations such as K-12 student and teachers, higher education students, and older adults and how various technology based environments such as fully online cyber schools and immersive 3D virtual worlds and games can influence their ability to succeed in education and life. 

I enjoy teaching the theoretical foundations of educational technology and instructional design as these founding principles tend to be at the center of most current trends and issues within the field. I also enjoy teaching students how to apply specific visual literacy and instructional message design principles to enhance learning with visuals, animations, and video. Finally, I enjoy teaching how to write and develop grant proposals, as I find the process very similar to good instructional design.

University of Arkansas

  • Theoretical Foundations of Educational Technology
  • Issues and Trends in Instructional Design and Technology
  • Grant Writing in Instructional Technology
  • Principles in Visual Literacy
  • Computers & the K-12 Classroom
  • Introduction to Educational Media
  • Information Technologies
  • Strategic Planning in IDT Programs

Boise State University

  • Introduction to Educational Technology
  • Integrating Technology into the Classroom
  • Instructional Message Design

University of Florida

  • Interdisciplinary Research Seminar
  • Introduction to Educational Technology
  • Designing Integrated Media Environments I
  • Creating and Delivering Online Content

Courses authored/developed

University of Arkansas

  • Theoretical Foundations of Educational Technology
  • Grant Writing in Instructional Technology
  • Computers & the K-12 Classroom
  • Introduction to Educational Media
  • Principles in Visual Literacy

Boise State University

·         Instructional Message Design

University of Florida

·         Introduction to Educational Technology

·         Designing Integrated Media Environments

·         Interdisciplinary Research Seminar

·         Narrative Technologies


The Information Technology Group

·         Teaching and Learning Online

·         Developing Online Content

·         Critical Thinking

 

  • Ph.D., University of Florida, Educational Technology, 2008
  • B.S., Pennsylvania State University, Economics, 1991

(For full listing see attached CV above)

  • Crandall, P. G., O’Bryan. C. A., Killian, S. A., Jarvis, N., Beck, D. E., & Clausen, E. (2015). A comparison of the degree of student participation using a simulation or a traditional wet lab to teach physical properties of ice.  Journal of Food Science Education 14, 24-29. 
  • Beck, D. (2015). Review of Write these laws on your children: Inside the world of conservative Christian homeschooling. Journal of School Choice, 9(1), 158-160.
  • Richardson, J. W., LaFrance, J., & Beck, D. (2015). Challenges of Virtual School Leadership. American Journal of Distance Education, 29(1), 18-29.
  • Crandall, P. G., Engler, R. K., Beck, D. E., Killian, S. A., O'Bryan, C. A., Jarvis, N., & Clausen, E. (2015). Development of an Augmented Reality Game to Teach Abstract Concepts in Food Chemistry. Journal of Food Science Education, 14(1), 18-23.
  • Beck, D., & Murphy, C. (2014). The Creation of a Theoretical Framework for Avatar Creation and Revision. International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE), 5(3), 1-17.
  • Beck, D. (2014). Special issue on education and poverty: Theory, research, policy and praxis. International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments, 5(2), iv-viii. 
  • Beck, D., & Maranto, R. (2014). Empowering teachers? An exploratory study of personnel practices in virtual charter schools in the United States. Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 18(2), 59–81.
  • Beck, D. & Maranto, R. (2014). Teacher Quality in Online Schools: More than a Revolution at the Margins? In F. M. Hess & M. McShane (Eds.), Teacher Quality 2.0. (pp. 135-154). Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.
  • Beck, D., Jacobs, A. & Maranto, R. (2014). Why they choose and how it goes: Comparing special education and general education cyber student perceptions. Computers & Education, 76, 70-79.
  • Beck, D., & LaFrance, J. (2014). Virtual school field experiences offered by NCATE certified educational leadership/administration programs. Educational Administration Quarterly, 50(1), 160-189.
  • Beck, D. & Perkins, R. (2014). Classifying research methods in desktop virtual world environments. Journal of Virtual Worlds Research, 7(1), 1-27.
  • Killian, S. A., Beck, D. E., O'Bryan, C. A., Jarvis, N., Clausen, E. C., & Crandall, P. G. (2014). Student-Centered and Dynamic Interfaces that Enrich Technical Learning for Online Science Learners: A Review of the Literature. Journal of Food Science Education, 13(3), 47-56.
  • Beck, D. E., Maranto, R., & Lo, W. J. (2014). Determinants of student and parent satisfaction at a cyber charter school. The Journal of Educational Research, 107(3), 209-216.

 

WORKS IN PRESS, SUBMITTED OR IN PROGRESS

  • Beck, D. & Perkins, R. (In press). Review of educational research methods in desktop virtual world environments: Framing the past to provide future direction. Handbook on 3D3C virtual worlds: Applications, technologies, policies. 
  • Beck, D., Crandall, P., O’Bryan, C., Shabatura, J. (In press). Taking food safety to the next level – An augmented reality solution. Journal of Foodservice Business Research.
  • Richardson, J., Beck, D., & LaFrance, J. (In press). A snapshot of the virtual school leader: Job attainment and perceived role differences. Educational Technology & Society.

PAPERS PUBLISHED IN PROCEEDINGS

  • Beck, D. and Murphy, C. (2014, April). A theoretical framework for avatar creation and revision. Proceedings of the American Educational Research Association conference, Philadelphia, PA, U. S. A.
  • Beck, D., LaFrance, J., & Richardson, J. (2014, April). Voices of virtual school leaders: Challenges and advice. Proceedings of the American Educational Research Association conference, Philadelphia, PA, U. S. A.

PRESENTATIONS

  • Warren, S. J., Beck, D., Phillips, A., & Ponners, P. J. (2015). Artifacts from the Koan school: Evidence of systemic change from the ground up. Online repository of the American Educational Research Association conference, Chicago, IL, U. S. A.
  • Beck, D. (2015). Applied Research in Immersive Environments for Learning Workshop. Online repository of the American Educational Research Association conference, Chicago, IL, U. S. A.
  • Banas, J., Beck, D., Reigeluth, C., Polly, D., Perkins, R., Moore, S. L., Daniels, L., Green, L., de Alvarez, M. S., Dytoc, B. C. (2014). The Flipped Classroom: Flop, Fiction, Fabulous, or Frightening? Proceedings of the Association of Educational Communications & Technology. Jacksonville, FL.
  • Beck, D. Maranto, R., & Tuchman, S. (2014). Measuring academic quality in virtual schools – a matter of doing your homework. Proceedings of the Association of Educational Communications & Technology. Jacksonville, FL.
  • Beck, D. & Perkins, R. (2014). Framing educational research methods in desktop virtual world Environments as applied in case studies. Proceedings of the Association of Educational Communications & Technology. Jacksonville, FL.  
  • Beck, D. (2014). Special Education Students in Virtual Schools: How they get there, why, and are they satisfied. Proceedings of the Association of Educational Communications & Technology. Jacksonville, FL.
  • Beck, D. and Murphy, C. (2014, April). A theoretical framework for avatar creation and revision. Online repository of the American Educational Research Association conference, Philadelphia, PA, U. S. A.
  • Beck, D., LaFrance, J., & Richardson, J. (2014, April). Voices of virtual school leaders: Challenges and advice. Online repository of the American Educational Research Association conference, Philadelphia, PA, U. S. A.
  • Beck, D. & Maranto, M. (2014, April). Have cyber charters reinvented personnel management? Online repository of the American Educational Research Association conference, Philadelphia, PA, U. S. A.

 

 

Service

  • 2015 – Present. President-Elect. Applied Research in Immersive Environments for Learning Special Interest Group, American Educational Research Association. 
  • 2014 – Present. Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) Reviewer.
  • 2013 – Present. President-Elect.  School Media & Technology Division, Association of Educational Communications and Technology. 
  • 2014 – Present. Associate Editor, International Journal of Gaming and Computer Mediated Simulations
  • 2014 – Present. Associate Editor, Immersive Learning Environments board, MERLOT
  • 2012 – Present. Publications Chair, Applied Research in Virtual Environments for Learning (ARIEL).  Executive Committee, American Educational Research Association (AERA).
    2009 - 2012. Membership Chair, Applied Research in Virtual Environments for Learning 
    (ARIEL).  Executive Committee, American Educational Research Association (AERA)
    2008 - 2010. Secretary, Games and Simulations Interest Group, Society of Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE)
  • 2008 – Present. Editorial Review Board Member, International Journal of Gaming and Computer Mediated Simulations
  • 2006 – Present. Referee, British Journal of Educational Technology
  • Curriculum Committee, Department of Educational Technology, Boise State University
  • EdD Planning committee, Department of Educational Technology, Boise State University
  • Membership Coordinator, Applied Research in Virtual Environments for Learning (ARVEL) Executive Committee, American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Secretary, Games and Simulations Interest Group, Society of Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE)
  • 2015 Recipient, Outstanding Research Award, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, University of Arkansas
  • 2013 Recipient, Southeastern Conference Visiting Faculty Travel Grant
  • 2011 New Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, University of Arkansas
  • 2010 New Faculty Mentoring Program Participant, American Educational Research Association (AERA)