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Stephen M. Alessi

Stephen M. Alessi

Associate Professor
370 Lindquist Center
Psychological and Quantitative Foundations
Iowa City, IA 52242
steve-alessi@uiowa.edu
319-335-5568 (phone)
319-335-6145 (fax)
Personal Website

Academic History

  • Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, University of Illinois, 1979

Expertise

  • Educational Technology
  • Multimedia Design
  • Web-based Learning
  • Instructional Simulation

Research Interests

  • Web-based instructional simulations
  • Multi-User Virtual Environments (MUVEs) for Instruction
  • Effects of realism in simulations and interactive multimedia

Teaching Interests

  • Cognitive learning factors in educational multimedia
  • Interactive multimedia web-based learning
  • Instructional simulation
  • Computer-managed instruction

Professional Experience

  • Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Geography, The University of Bergen, Norway

Professional Service

  • Manuscript Reviewer, Instructional Science.
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Simulation & Gaming.
  • Journal Editorial Board, Technology, Knowledge and Learning, 2013–current.

Professional Activities and Membership

  • American Educational Research Association
  • Association for Educational Communications and Technology
  • European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction
  • System Dynamics Society

Awards and Professional Recognition

  • Invited by the United Nations Development Program to give a keynote address and workshop at a UNDP conference in Maputo, Mozambique.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • Taminiau, E. M., Kester, L., Corbalan, G., Alessi, S. M., Moxnes, E., Gijselaers, W. H., Kirschner, P. A., & Van Merriënboer, J. J. (2013). Why advice on task selection may hamper learning in on-demand education. Computers in Human Behavior, 29(1), 145-154.
  • Kopainsky, B., Pirnay-Dummer, P., & Alessi, S. M. (2012). Automated assessment of learners’ understanding in complex dynamic systems. System Dynamics Review, 28(2), 131-156.
  • Kopainsky, B., Pedercini, M., Davidsen, P. I., & Alessi, S. M. (2010). A blend of planning and learning: Simplifying a simulation model of national development. Simulation & Gaming, 41(5), 641-662.
  • Alessi, S. M., & Dwyer, A. (2008). Vocabulary assistance before and during reading. Reading in a Foreign Language, 20(2), 246-263.
  • Hlas, A. C., Schuh, K. L., & Alessi, S. M. (2008). Native and non-native speakers in online and face-to-face discussion: Leveling the playing field. Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 36(4), 337-373.

Books and Book Chapters

  • Alessi, S. M. (2009). Modeling a system and teaching a system: Enhancing what students learn from modeling. In Blumschein, P., Strobel, J., Hung, W., Jonassen, D., & Strobel, (Eds.), Model-based approaches to learning: Using systems models and simulations to improve understanding and problem solving in complex domainsSense Publishers.

Selected Presentations

  • Saldarriaga, M., Kopainsky, B., & Alessi, S. M. (2013, July 24). Knowledge analysis in coupled social-ecological systems. Paper presented at the 31st International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Cambridge, MA.
  • Alessi, S. M., Kopainsky, B., & Moxnes, E. E. (2012, July 24). Teaching resource management with web-based models and multi-player games. Paper presented at the 30th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, St. Gallen, Switzerland.
  • Kopainsky, B., Alessi, S. M., & Davidsen, P. (2011, July 26). Measuring knowledge acquisition in dynamic decision making tasks. Paper presented at the 29th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Washington, D.C..
  • Kopainsky, B., Alessi, S. M., & Pirnay-Dummer, P. (2011, July 26). Providing structural transparency when exploring a model's behavior: Effects on performance and knowledge acquisition. Paper presented at the 29th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Washington, D.C..

Selected Contracts and Grants

  • Alessi, Stephen M., "Visiting Scholar Award," Sponsored by University of Bergen, Norway, Educational Institution, $10000. (January 1, 2013–December 31, 2013).
  • Alessi, Stephen M. (Principal Investigator), "Visiting Scholar Award," Sponsored by The University of Bergen in Bergen, Norway, Educational Institution, $5000.00. (September, 2006–June, 2007).
  • Alessi, Stephen M. (Principal Investigator), "Academic Technologies Advisory Council Innovations in Instructional Computing Award," Sponsored by University of Iowa, The University of Iowa, $25232.00. (January, 2006–January, 2007).
  • Alessi, Stephen M. (Principal Investigator), "International Studies National Resource Center, Strengthening Iowa's Instructional Capacity and Degree Programs," Sponsored by U.S. Department of Education, Federal Government, $23563.00. (August, 2003–August, 2006).
  • Alessi, Stephen M. (Principal Investigator), "Instructional Computing Award," Sponsored by University of Iowa, The University of Iowa. (January, 1993–December, 1993).
  • Alessi, Stephen M. (Principal Investigator), "Instructional Design and Technology Program (Weeg) $8700 equipment grant," Sponsored by University of Iowa, The University of Iowa, $8700.00. (January, 1990–December, 1990).
  • Alessi, Stephen M. (Principal Investigator), "Interdisciplinary Research Assistant Grant," Sponsored by University of Iowa, The University of Iowa. (January, 1989–December, 1990).
  • Alessi, Stephen M. (Principal Investigator), "University House Interdisciplinary Grant," Sponsored by University of Iowa, The University of Iowa. (May, 1985–August, 1985).
  • Alessi, Stephen M. (Principal Investigator), "Instructional Improvement Grant," Sponsored by College of Education, University of Iowa, The University of Iowa. (January, 1983–December, 1984).
  • Alessi, Stephen M. (Principal Investigator), "Old Gold Fellowship," Sponsored by University of Iowa, The University of Iowa. (May, 1984–August, 1984).