Julie S. Vargas, Ph.D.

Programmed Instruction's lessons for xMOOC designers

A critique of the lecture-based methodology of MOOC lessons by universities. Suggestions for improving effectiveness are drawn from earlier research on programmed instruction. The research showed the importance checking understanding of the content of each screen or point of a lecture. Research, using the "blackout ratio", gave a way to judge the degree to which students respond to critical features of instruction.

Selected Works

Article
Ways to improve on-line instruction drawn from former research on programmed instruction. 2015
Description of Skinnerís discovery of operant conditioning from an analysis of the extant experimental records.
B. F. Skinnerís contribution to the field of Precision Teaching.
Book
Published by Routledge/Taylor and Francis. Second Edition: February, 2013