Kathryn Hershey Dirkin

(Kathryn Hershey)

E-mail: hersheyk@msu.edu

Research Interests:

My research interests focus on how the new educational environment of Internet based education impacts opportunities to teach and to learn. More specifically, I am interested in understanding how a successful teacher of an online course motivates and engages students, represents ideas and concepts, and increases the social bandwidth of communication so as to more effectively engage students in appropriate affective and cognitive processes.

Education History:

B.A. 1992 - University of Michigan (American Culture)
Post Bachelor Teaching Certificate 1996- Michigan State University  
M.A. 2001- Michigan State University (Educational Technology)

Professional experience:

1996 Course designer and instructor of multimedia course for children -NetPro
1996-2000 Elementary School Teacher- Rose Tree Media School District
1998-2000 Building Instructional Technology Coordinator - Rose Tree Media School District

Awards and Fellowship

  • Spencer Fellowship (2004-2005)
  • College of Education Summer Research Fellowship (2003)
  • University Graduate Recruiting Fellowship (2001)

Publications:

Dirkin, K., & Mishra, P. (2005) All or Nothing: Levels of Sociability of a Pedagogical Software Agent and its Impact on Student Perceptions and Learning. Journal of Educational Multimedia & Hypermedia 14(2).

Koehler, M.J., Mishra, P., Hershey, K., & Peruski, L. (2004). With a little help from your Students: A new model for faculty development and online course design. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education 12(1), 25-55.

Mishra, P. & Hershey, K. (2004) Framework for designing etiquette for educational technology.  Communications of the ACM 47(4) 45-49.

Book Chapters:

Mishra, P., Hershey, K., & Cavanaugh, S. (in press) Teachers, learning theories, and technology. In M. Girod & J. Steed (Eds.), Technology in the college classroom. Stillwater, Oklahoma: New Forums Press.

Refereed Conference Proceedings:

Dirkin, K ., Yadav, A., Koehler, M.J., Hilden, K., Phillips, M.M., & Lundeberg, M. (2005, June). Is the movie better than the book? Differences in engagement and delayed recall of video and text cases in science. Paper presented at ED-MEDIA 2005, World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications. Montreal, Canada.

Hershey, K., Lundeberg, M., Gerlach, J., Bergland, M., & Klyczek, K. (2005) A Guided Visual Journey: The Power of Computer Simulations in Biology. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Canada.

Hershey, K., Mishra, P., & Altermatt, E. (2004) All or nothing: Levels of sociability of a pedagogical software agent and its impact on perceptions of presence, learning, and motivation. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.

Hershey, K., & Mishra, P. (2004) Extending Grice’s Maxims in the Analysis of Computer Mediated Communication. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.

Mishra, P., Koehler, M.J., Hershey, K., & Peruski, L. (2001). Learning through design: faculty development and online course development. Proceedings from the Seventh Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning: Emerging Standards of Excellence in Asynchronous Learning Networks, Orlando, FL.  Available online at http://www.aln.org/conference/proceedings/2001/index.asp

Mishra, P., Koehler, M.J., Hershey, K., & Peruski, L. (2002). With a little help from your students: A new model for faculty development and online course design. Proceedings from the at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, March 2002, Nashville, TN. Virginia: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.

Mishra, P., & Hershey, K., (2002). A Framework for Designing Etiquette for Educational Technology. Proceedings from the American Association for Artificial Intelligence Fall Symposium. North Falmouth, MA.

Koehler, M.J. Mishra, P., Hershey, K., & Peruski, L. (2002, April). Learning through design: Faculty development and online course development. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.


Upcoming Conference Presentations:

Dirkin, K., & Putnam R., (2006) Students’ Perceptions of Group Discourse in an Online Course. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, California.

Dirkin, K., (2006) Teaching with Technology: A Values Perspective. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, California.

Other Academic Presentations:

Koehler, M.J. Mishra, P., Koehler, M.J., Hershey, K., & Peruski, L. (2002). With a little help from your students: A new model for faculty development and online course design. Presentation to the Instructional Technology Discussion Series. MSU College of Education, Feb, 2002.

Publications in progress:

Dirkin, K.   (paper in progress) Teaching with Technology in Teacher Education: A Values Perspective