Michael W. Robinson

Definition of Instructional Technology

The Association for Educational Communications and Technology once defined Instructional Technology as: “the theory and practice of design, development, utilization, management, and evaluation of processes and resources for learning…The purpose of instructional technology is to affect and effect learning” Yet, defining the field in my opinion is difficult considering its relative newness in comparison to other established fields such as psychology and sociology which form the theoretical base of Instructional Technology. The most current definition offered by AECT proposes that the IT field is “the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources.” Instructional Technology also employs the processes of systematic planning, design, and development of instruction using technological tools to enhance learning. Instructional Technology not only requires skill in the production of instructional materials and use of new information and communication technologies, but also uses knowledge of learning theories, curriculum development, instructional systems, communications theory, and evaluative techniques. The key role for technology is to provide the tools and resources to support learning. Yet, instructional technology is not a field limited to education alone. Processes of learning apply in many industries. Instructional technologists can have an impact on knowledge or skills in education, the business world, or the government. Any of these systems provide training or education for their employees or students. Instructional technologists may design and develop computer based training, face to face training, or self-instructional materials. The key is being able to analyze and design what needs to be learned and find a skillful way of ensuring the correct skills are retained.

Development Projects and Reports

Development Projects


A fully developed 2 unit plan on memoir writing developed and delivered through the Moodle Course Management System. Click here or the image above to view the course.



An integrated and interactive lesson on the Big 6 problem solving strategy approach to research based writing, developed in Articulate. Click here or above image to view


This e-learning module was developed in Articulate. It provides an introductory overview of components and functions of a biological cell, as well as two of the processes that relate to cellular respiration. Currently being utilized by several local middle school science teachers. Click here or above image to view.


This module, built using Adobe Flash Pro CS6, on Fitness Assessment for the Air Force, was developed as a class project and was the first e-learning module developed totally in Flash by all project team members, including myself. Click here or above image to view.



The above module's purpose  is to assist learners in developing the knowledge to properly check their oil level and color in their car. I developed this in Captivate while messing around with the 30 day trial version. Click here or above image to view


This is a mobile, web-based instructional program that was developed in Adobe Dreamweaver. It is very basic and covers necessary actions to take for winterizing your car. Click here or above image to view.




This is a sample of a mobile, web based module on art pieces that I helped develop in Articulate Storyline and evaluate. Click here or above image to view

Project Reports



Final Report for Big 6 Learning Module developed in Articulate. Click here or above image to view.


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Final recommendations report for a technology change implemented at UNCW

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Final report for CHWK Intervention where we applied the traditional HPT Performance model. Click here or above image for access.


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Final proposal detailing a training plan for Managers and maintainers of a digital signage system. Click here or the above image to access.

Final report detailing research, design, development, and data collected for a Memoir Writing course delivered via the Moodle LMS. Click here or above image to access


Final report detailing evaluation procedures, methods, findings, and recommendations. Click above image to access



Applying the ARCS Model of Motivational Design to a CBT Course in IT Security

A report detailing recommendations to improve an established course using motivational design methods promulgated by John Keller. Click link above for access.