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Dr. Don Stepich

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Donald Stepich, Ph.D.
Emeritus Graduate Faculty

Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning
College of Engineering
Boise State University
1910 University Dr.
Boise, ID 83725-2070

Email: dstepich@boisestate.edu

Educational/Professional Background:

Dr. Stepich has a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, with a major in psychology, a master’s degree in social work from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in education from Purdue University. Prior to completing his doctoral degree, Dr. Stepich was a social worker in a mental health center, did individual and group counseling in a private counseling practice, and worked at a crisis center. Before he joined the OPWL department at BSU, he was on the faculty in the Human Resource Development Program at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, where he taught courses in instructional design, needs assessment, and other topics related to the design and implementation of effective training programs. His current academic interests include the development of professional expertise, how instruction can be used to facilitate the development of expertise, and the use of analogies as learning and teaching tools.

As an instructional designer, Dr. Stepich’s expertise is in using training as a strategy for improving the performance of individuals and organizations. This involves identifying the needs of the learners and the organization, specifying learning objectives directly linked to those needs, and devising training strategies that will achieve those objectives.

Dr. Stepich has used this expertise to design training materials to meet a wide variety of needs, including:

  • helping managers apply a broad concept of diversity to the solution of organizational problems
  • helping personnel professionals comply with the laws and regulations governing government contracts
  • helping technical employees represent the company at meetings of international standards committees
  • helping manufacturing employees work as members of empowered work teams
  • helping information systems employees shift to a service-oriented “partnership” relationship with other business units
  • helping people improve their listening and communication skills

Teaching:

Dr. Stepich regularly teaches:

  • OPWL 537 Instructional Design
  • OPWL 538 Instructional Strategies

Dr. Stepich’s Vita:

Education

Ph.D. in Education, Purdue University, 1989
Master of Social Work (MSW), Indiana University, 1975
B.S. in Psychology, Purdue University, 1969

Employment

August 2005 to Present
Department Chair, Instructional & Performance Technology, College of Engineering, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho

August, 2003 to Present
Associate Professor, Instructional & Performance Technology, College of Engineering, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho

August, 2002 to August, 2003
Visiting Associate Professor, Instructional & Performance Technology, College of Engineering, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho

Fall 1998 to Fall 2002
Adjunct Instructor, College of Engineering, Department of Instructional and Performance Technology, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho

August, 1990 to August, 2002
Associate Professor, Human Resource Development Program
Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Illinois

August, 1997 to May, 1998
Visiting Associate Professor, Educational Technology Program
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

September, 1989 to May, 1990
Director, Curriculum Development
American Academy of Entrepreneurs, Cassopolis, Michigan

September, 1983 to September, 1988
Clinical Social Worker, Alternatives Counseling, Inc., West Lafayette, IN

December, 1984 to July, 1987
Clinical Consultant, Crisis Center, Lafayette, IN

July, 1975 to September, 1983
Clinical Social Worker, Wabash Valley Hospital, West Lafayette, IN

Books & Book Chapters

Newby, T. J., Stepich, D. A., Lehman, J. D., & Russell, J. D. (2006). Instructional technology for teaching and learning: Designing instruction, integrating computers, and using media (third edition). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Hendel-Giller, R. & Stepich, D. A. (2006). Diane King. In Ertmer, P. A. & Quinn, J. (eds.). The ID CaseBook: Case studies in instructional design (third edition). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Elsbernd, G. & Stepich, D. A. (2006). Davey Jones. In Ertmer, P. A. & Quinn, J. (eds.). The ID CaseBook: Case studies in instructional design (third edition). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Articles

Ertmer, P. A., Donald A. Stepich, D. A., Flanagan, S., Kocaman, A., Reiner, C., Reyes, L., Santone, A., Shigetake, U. (in press). Impact of Guidance on the Problem-Solving Efforts of Instructional Design Novices. Performance Improvement Quarterly.

Ertmer, P. A., Stepich, D. A., York, C. S., Stickman, A., Wu, X., Zurek, S., & Goktas, Y. (2008). How instructional design experts use knowledge and experience to solve ill-structured problems. Performance Improvement Quarterly, 21(1), 17-42.

Chyung, S. Y, Stepich, D., & Cox, D. (2006) Building a competency-based curriculum architecture to educate 21st century business practitioners. Journal of Education in Business, 81(6), 307-314.

Ertmer, P. A. & Stepich, D. A. (2005). Instructional design expertise: How will we know it when we see it? Educational Technology, 45(6), 38-43.

Smith-Hobbs, A., Chyung, S. Y., & Stepich, D. (2005). Multicultural considerations in international e-learning from an American perspective. Proceedings of the BSU-HU Symposium, Institute for Educational Technology, Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea, 78-96.

Stepich, D. A. & Ertmer, P. A. (2003). Building community as a critical element of online course design. Educational Technology, 43(5), 33-43.

Chyung, S. Y., & Stepich, D. A. (2003). Applying the “congruence” principle of Bloom’s taxonomy to designing online instruction. Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 4(3), 317-330.

Stepich, D. A., & Ertmer, P. A. (2003). Building community as a critical element of online course design. Educational Technology, 43(5), 33-43.

Ertmer, P. A., & Stepich, D. A. (2002). Initiating and maintaining meaningful case discussions: Maximizing the potential of case-based instruction. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching. 13(2-3), 5-18.

Stepich, D. A., Ertmer, P. A., & Lane, M. M. (2001). Problem-solving in a case-based course: strategies for facilitating coached expertise. Educational Technology Research & Development, 49(3), 53-69.

Newby, T. J., Stepich, D. A., Lehman, J. D., & Russell, J. D. (2000). Instructional technology for teaching and learning Designing instruction, integrating computers, and using media (second edition). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Newby, T.J., Ertmer, P.A., & Stepich, D.A. (1995). Instructional analogies and the learning of concepts. Educational Technology Research & Development, 43(1), 5-18.

Medsker, K., Hunter, P., Stepich, D., Rowland, G., & Basnet, K. (1995). HPT in academic curricula: Survey results. Performance Improvement Quarterly, 8(4), 6-21.

Stepich, D.A. (1992). The simplicity of baseball and the complexity of training. Performance & Instruction, 31(6), 32-33.

Stepich, D.A. (1991). From novice to expert: Implications for instructional design. Performance & Instruction, 30(6), 13-17.

Stepich, D.A., & Newby, T. J. (1989/1990). Designing instruction: Practical strategies. Performance and Instruction, 28(7)-29(4).

Stepich, D.A., & Newby, T.J. (1988). Analogizing as an instructional strategy. Performance & Instruction, 27(9), 21-23.

Stepich, D.A., & Newby, T.J. (1988). Analogical instruction within the information processing paradigm: Effective means to facilitate learning. Instructional Science, 17(2), 129-144.

Newby, T.J., & Stepich, D.A. (1987). Learning abstract concepts: The use of analogies as a mediational strategy. Journal of Instructional Development, 10(2), 20-26.

Presentations

Stepich, D. A. (2006). Gagné’s 9 events of instruction: A framework for learning module design. Presentation given as part of the Academic Technologies Summer Institute, Boise State University, May 16 and August 8, 2006.

Chyung, Y., Stepich, D. A., & Cox, D. (2005). Educating 21st Century HPT Practitioners with a Competency-Based Curriculum. Presentation given at the international conference of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI).

Ertmer, P. A. & Stepich, D. A. (2005). Relationship between sense of community and learning in online learning environments. Presentation given at the international conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE).

Smith-Hobbs, A., Chyung, S. Y., & Stepich, D. (2005). Multicultural considerations in international e-learning from an American perspective. Presentation given at the BSU-HU Symposium, Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea, May, 2005.

Stepich, D. A. (2005). Facilitating Online Discussions. Presentation given as part of the Academic Technologies Summer Institute, Boise State University, June 12, 2005.

Ertmer, P. A. & Stepich, D. A. (2004). Getting Your Students to Think Using Class Discussions. Presentation given as part of the College Teaching Workshop Series 2, Purdue University, October 21, 2004.

Stepich, D. A. (2004). Evaluating online discussion threads. Presentation given as part of the Selland College of Technology Summer Institute, Boise State University, May 19, 2004.

Stepich, D. A. (2004). Facilitating and evaluating online discussions. Presentation given as part of the Academic Technologies Summer Institute, Boise State University, June 14, 2004.

Stepich, D. A., Brethower, D., Farrington, J., Kaufman, R., & Pershing, J. (2004). Getting Faculty and Their Students More Involved in ISPI: Identifying and Breaking Down Barriers. Panel presentation at the annual conference of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI).

Stepich, D. A., Hale, J., Lauer, M., Van Tiem, D., & Pershing, J. (2004). Aligning Our Academic Programs and the CPT Standards: Should We Do It and How Would it Work? Panel presentation at the annual conference of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI).

Ertmer, P. A., & Stepich, D. A. (2003). Preparing ID students for professional practice: Increasing impact through distance learning technologies. Presentation given at the international conference of the Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT). Anaheim, CA, October 23, 2003.

Stepich, D. A. (2003). Writing course objectives (2003). Presentation given to College of Engineering faculty, Boise State University, August 21, 2003.

Stepich, D. A. (2003). Analogies as a learning tool. Presentation given at the monthly meeting of the Treasure Valley Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development, (ASTD-TV), April 10, 2003.

Stepich, D. A., & Chyung, S. Y. (2003). Creating and using interactive learning strategies in an online course. Presentation given as part of a seminar series sponsored by the Teaching and Learning with Technology Roundtable and the CoreOnline Project, Boise State University, February 27, 2003.

Ertmer, P. A., & Stepich, D. A. (2002). Facilitating apprenticeship experiences through distance education technologies. Presentation given as part of Conversations on Teaching series sponsored by the Teaching Academy, Purdue University, March 27, 2002.

Ertmer, P. A., & Stepich, D. A. (2000). Case-based instruction in postsecondary education: Facilitating “coached” expertise. Presentation given at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Stepich, D. A., Ertmer, P. A., & Lane, M. M. (2000). Problem-solving in a case-based course: Strategies for facilitating coached expertise. Presentation given at the international conference of the Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT).

Ertmer, P. A., & Stepich, D. A. (1999). Case-based instruction in postsecondary education: Developing students’ problem-solving expertise. Presentation given at the annual conference of the Midwestern Educational Research Association (MWERA).

Newby, T. J., Ertmer, P. A., Lai, F., Stepich, D., & Kearney, L. (1998). Impact of visual and textual analogies on learning science concepts. Presentation given at the annual meeting of the Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT).

Larsen, D., Newby, T. J., & Stepich, D. A. (1997). A clearing in the MSDS fog: Using analogies as a training tool. Presentation given at the annual conference of the National Safety Council.
Kearny, L., Stepich, D.A., & Newby, T.J. Building bridges: Creating graphic analogies. Presentation given more than a dozen times at various local, regional, and national conferences, including:

National Society for Performance and Instruction (NSPI)/International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI): 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995. The presentation was an ‘encore’ session in 1994, 1995, and 1996.

  • Chicago Chapter of NSPI: 1991, 1992, and 1993.
  • Bellcore Technical Education Center: 1992.
  • Productivity Point International: 1993.
  • Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT): 1994.
  • American Society for Training and Development (ASTD): 1995

Stepich, D.A., & Newby, T.J. (1995). Instructional templates: Frameworks for the efficient design of instruction. Presentation given at the Annual Conference of the National Society for Performance and Instruction (NSPI) and at the November meeting of the Michigan chapter of the NSPI.

Newby, T.J., Ertmer, P.A., & Stepich, D.A. (1994). Instructional analogies and the learning of concepts. Presentation given at the annual meeting of the America Educational Research Association (AERA).

Medsker, K., Stepich, D., & Rowland, G. (1993). Survey results: Is PT transforming graduate programs. Presentation given at the 1993 Annual Conference of the National Society for Performance and Instruction (NSPI), Chicago, IL, April, 1993.

Lockwood, J., McCampbell, J., Ehrlich, D., & Stepich, D. (1993). Improving training system quality. Presentation given at the 1993 Annual Conference of the NSPI, Chicago, IL, April, 1993 and the 1993 Fall Workshop of the Chicago Chapter of the National Society for Performance and Instruction (CNSPI), Chicago, IL, October, 1992.

Lockwood, J., McCampbell, J., Ehrlich, D., & Stepich, D. (1992). Signposts on the road to improving quality. Presentation given at the fall workshop of the Chicago Chapter of the National Society for Performance and Instruction (CNSPI).

Lockwood, J., McCampbell, J., Ehrlich, D., & Stepich, D. (1992). Academic programs: It’s your choice. Presentation given at the 1992 Fall Workshop of the CNSPI, Chicago, IL, October, 1992.
Stepich, D. A. (1992). Games as instructional activity. Presentation given at the 1992 Co-Lead Summer Institute, Chicago, IL, August, 1992.

Stepich, D.A. (1991). From novice to expert: Implications for instructional design. Presentation given at the 1991 Annual Conference of the NSPI, Los Angeles, CA, April, 1991 and at the November meeting of the CNSPI, Chicago, IL, October, 1991.

Projects

Information Systems Institute, Motorola, Inc. Schaumburg, IL, 1992

Empowered Work Teams, Motorola, Inc., Schaumburg, IL, 1992

Federal Government Contract Compliance for Personnel, Motorola, Inc., Schaumburg, IL, 1992

Technical Standards, Motorola, Inc., Schaumburg, IL, 1993

Instructional Analogies, Urals State Pedagogical University/Northeastern Illinois University, Ekaterinburg, Russia, 1993

Demonstration as an Instructional Method, Urals State Pedagogical University/Northeastern Illinois University, Ekaterinburg, Russia, 1995

Internal Train the Trainer, North Suburban Library System, Wheeling, IL, 1995

Redefining Diversity, American Institute for Diversity Management, Atlanta, GA, 1997

Professional Memberships

  • International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI)
  • American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)
  • American Society for Training and Development – Treasure Valley Chapter (ASTD-TV)