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Dr. Holly Ellis

Biography:

Dr. Holly Ellis, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Instructional and Performance Technology, has conducted research on several aspects of technology, education and communication.

One field of interest is hypermedia, a nonlinear medium of information that includes graphics, audio, video, plain text and hyperlinks. Her research has studied how student responses in online threaded discussions change over time; the effects of gender and dominant mental processes on hypermedia learning; how females perform in online debates; and ways to capitalize on students’ sensory rich media experiences in arcades to develop discipline-based learning.

Publications carrying her work include International Journal of Instructional Technology, Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, International Journal on E-Learning, and College Student Journal. She also has made conference presentations on teacher education, educational technology and student learning in reading.

Ellis received a Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Development from the University of South Alabama in 2008. She received both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree at UWF. She also worked for several organizations that focus on education and innovation.

Degrees & Institutions:

Ellis received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Educational Training and Management Subspecialty at the University of West Florida. She went on to earn her doctoral degree in Instructional Design and Development from the University of South Alabama.

Current Courses:

  • Principles of Instructional Design
  • Distance Learning Implementation
  • Instructional Technology Leadership

Publications:

    • Ellis, H., Havard, B., Hastings, N. & McArthur, A. (2016). Educational Leaders As Technology Leaders: Technology Literacy Skill Development. In Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2016 (pp. 1108-1114). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). 
    • Gaston, J., Havard, B., Pecore, J., & Ellis, H. (manuscript under review). The effects of collaborative video production on the attitudes and science knowledge of sixth graders. Journal of Science Education and Technology.
    • Ellis, H. H.  (2014).  How student responses in online threaded discussions change over time.  International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, 11(6), 4-15.
    • Havard, B., Ellis, H. & Kingry, M. A. (2013). The team member evaluation tool: Assigning individual grades on group projects. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2013 (pp. 510-515). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
    • Northrup, P., Ellis, H. H., Hastings, N., Havard, B., & Rasmussen, K.  (Spring 2013).  Building your future with online Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction: Instructional Technology.  SEEN Magazine, 51(1), 116-118.
    • Ellis, H. H., Howard, W. G., & Donofrio, H.  (2012).  The effects of gender and dominant mental processes on hypermedia learning.  Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 21(4), 257-267.
    • Havard, B., Kingry, M. A., Hastings, N. B., Ellis, H. H., & Prayaga, L. (2012). Peer assessment in group projects: The team member evaluation tool. In M. Simonson (Ed.), 35th Annual Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Papers Presented at The Annual Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Volume 1 (pp. 102-107). Bloomington, IN: AECT.
    • Davidson-Shivers, G. V., Ellis, H. H., & Aramasing, K. (2010).  How do female students perform in online debates?  International Journal on E-Learning, 9(2), 169-183.
    • Ellis, H. H., & Davidson-Shivers, G. V. Ed Media 2010 – World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia, and Telecommunications, June 2010, Toronto, Canada. Proceeding: The Impact of Discussion Structure on Student Participation in Online Discussions.
    • Pilcher, J. K., Largue, R., & Ellis, H. H. (2007). Aligning standards to instruction: Just ask Andie! Ballinger Publishing: Pensacola, Florida.
    • Davidson-Shivers, G. V., Ellis, H. H., & Amarasing, K. World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare and Higher Education, October 2005, Vancouver, Canada. Proceeding: How do female students perform in online debate and discussion?
    • Howard, W. G., Ellis, H. H., & Rasmussen, K. L. (2004).  From the arcade to the classroom: Capitalizing on students’ sensory rich media preferences in disciplined-based learning.  College Student Journal, 38(3), 431-440.
    • Davidson-Shivers, G. V., Ellis, H. H., & Amarasing, K. World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare and Higher Education, October 2005, Vancouver, Canada. Proceeding: How do female students perform in online debate and discussion?

Keywords: instructional technology, hypermedia learning by gender, female performance in online debate, online threaded discussions, learning inspired by gaming experience, student learning in reading

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