Dr. Byron Havard, Associate Professor
- Ph.D. in Instructional Technology – Georgia State University, 1999
- M.S. in Instructional Design and Development – University of South Alabama, 1994
- B.S. in Industrial Design – Auburn University, 1991
My research interests include theoretical frameworks for learning through instructional technology, social and cultural dimensions of instructional technology, and collaborative learning and online communication media. I have over 30 peer reviewed publications, over 40 peer reviewed presentations, and have chaired 25 published doctoral dissertations.
In which online program do you teach?
Which classes do you teach online?
EME 6062 Applied Instructional Technology Investigations, EME 6358 Evaluation for MSA Professionals, EME 6408 Technology Integrated Learning Environments, EME 6414c Web-Based Instruction, EME 6415 Digital Video for Instruction, EME 6426 HPT Interventions, EME 6626 Emerging Technology Systems, EME 7063 Emerging Technology Research, EME 7938 IT Research Design Seminar
What do you want students learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?
To successfully apply their instructional design and technology knowledge, skills, and abilities across a wide variety of environments.
Why did you start teaching?
My interest in education began very early growing up in a family of educators. I have a passion for learning.
What's the best advice you could give to online students?
Always put forth your best effort in every situation. You will learn more if you challenge yourself to excel beyond your current capabilities.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in education?
An individual that is able to think critically and argue both sides of an educational issue from a theoretical, empirical, and social perspective has a foundation for success.
What do you think is the biggest challenge that teachers face today?
Technology and the contexts/environments continually change in our discipline.
Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know about you.
At age 16 I had no desire to further my education. By the time I was 30 I had earned my Ph.D. and was working in the corporate environment and reviewing offers to teach in academia. Anything is possible. Thanks Mom!