University Address School of Teacher Education & Leadership
P.O. Box 6959
Radford, VA 24142
Country of Citizenship United States of America
Education Ph.D. Learning & Instructional Technology Arizona State University 1994
M.Ed. Educational Media Arizona State University 1991
B.A.Ed Secondary Education: General Science Arizona State University 1985
Instructional Design and Evaluation Consulting Experiences
Instructional Design & Evaluation Consultant: NSTA 2004-2013
Throughout the past nine years, I have completed the following instructional design and evaluation projects for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) as an external consultant:
Designed and implemented a number of formative and summative evaluations for a variety of web-based and hybrid professional development programs supporting NSTA members of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
Contributed to the design of asynchronous web-based instructional modules, synchronous web seminar experiences, face-to-face training exercises, and a blending of all three implementation environments to facilitate specific program objectives.
Evaluated a program designed to help secondary science teachers integrate STEM-related career awareness strategies into their practice.
Developed and facilitated a project designed to help NSTA integrate science and engineering videos developed by the National Department of Defense Education Program into their collection of online professional development resources. Some of the evaluation reports have been published in refereed journals.
Contributed significantly to the design and development of professional development tools available to educators through the online NSTA Learning Center. Most of my work has been in the development and testing of assessment instruments for online learning modules and diagnostic aids. I also designed the online electronic portfolio tool used by educators to manage and track their professional development progress.
National Science Teachers Association
1840 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington VA 22201
Additional Instructional Design & Evaluation Consulting Projects 1993 - 2013
I have worked as an instructional design and evaluation consultant for a number of different organizations during the past 20 years. My areas of expertise include conducting needs assessments and instructional analyses; defining meaningful, purposeful learning contexts; creating conceptual content Big Pictures; developing assessment instruments; and general instructional multimedia design and development. The list below presents brief descriptions of a representative sample of contracts I have completed:
Edvantia, Inc.: I worked on an evaluation team to collect and report data associated with the effects of professional development programs on practicing educators.
Certified Medical Representatives, Inc. [CMRI]: I worked as an instructional designer for CMRI developing graduate-level self-directed distance learning materials for a variety of courses, including Business Ethics and an overview of the pharmaceutical industry in the United States.
Southwest Virginia Professional Education Consortium (SWVPEC): I served as the project evaluator for the Virginia Department of Education-funded SWVAPEC.
New Jersey Professional Education Port: I developed video-based tutorials for New Jersey math teachers in the area of standards-based instructional strategies.
Virginia Educational Technology Alliance [VETA] Evaluation-1998 to 2000 Academic Years: This project included the program evaluation of individual technology integration projects at seven different Virginia institutions of higher education. I designed and implemented the program evaluations, including all data collection instruments, and I was responsible for writing the annual reports.
TRO, Inc. PLATO Computer-Based Instruction Evaluation: I evaluated PLATO computer-based courseware in a variety of educational settings, including K-8 computer labs and self-contained classrooms, community after school programs, and WorkKeys workforce training. I collected and analyzed data from client computer management systems, interviewed stakeholders, and wrote evaluation reports to inform TRO, Inc. corporate practice, policy and product development.
R.R. Donnelley Train-the-Trainer Workshops: I developed and implement train-the-trainer workshops for human resource employees at R.R. Donnelley’s Roanoke, VA publishing campus.
Intel, Corp.’s Corporate Logistics Division Instructional Design Multimedia Projects: I designed and produced orientation videotaped presentations for employees and clients of Intel's North American Distribution Center. I also videotaped, edited, and digitized footage for a variety of multimedia computer-based tutorial programs, as well as conducted needs assessments for various operations within the logistics process to aid in the development of computer-based training materials.
Innovative Designs for Education, Inc.: I worked for nearly a year implementing and evaluating a model of education reform called “The Learner Active, Technology-Infused Classroom.” This model focused on strategies for helping learners take control of their own learning experiences within meaningful, purposeful problem-based, technology-supported learning environments. I worked in K-12 environments as well as teacher education programs in the New York City/New Jersey area.
Instructional Technology in Higher Education Experience
Associate Professor, Radford (VA) University 2006 - Present
I direct the educational technology program and teach graduate instructional design, evaluation and research courses in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership at RU. In addition, I conduct research on variables affecting the efficacy of technology-supported professional development environments as well as specific technology-related factors that improve the quality of in-class as well as distance learning instruction. I also have experiences teaching science methods courses. I am the personnel committee chair as well as the chair of RU’s Institutional Review Board.
801 East Main St.
Radford, Virginia 24142
Evaluation and Research Analyst, Radford University 2004 - 2006
I managed a variety of assessment, evaluation and research projects through the Dean’s Office in the College of Education and Human Development. Some of these projects involved the development and implementation of web-based data collection tools and procedures.
801 East Main St.
Radford, Virginia 24142
Instructional Technology Consultant, Northern Arizona University 2002 - 2004
I was responsible for designing, implementing and evaluating a number of professional development programs as part of the federally-funded “Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology” initiative.
Northern Arizona University
South San Francisco Street
Flagstaff AZ 86011
Instructional Technology Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech 1994 - 2001
My primary responsibilities at Virginia Tech included developing and implementing a hybrid distance learning instructional technology master’s degree program for practicing teachers. This was a portfolio-driven program that enrolled multiple cohort groups throughout the state of Virginia. My research and teaching responsibilities at VT included graduate courses in principles of instructional design, program and product evaluation, educational software evaluation, and instructional technology for teachers.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0002
Instructional Technology Assistant Professor, Emporia State University 1994 - 1997
My responsibilities at ESU included teaching undergraduate instructional media courses as well as graduate instructional design and multimedia development courses. Some graduate courses were facilitated via distance learning technologies (interactive television combined with web-based material). I also helped develop and implement a portfolio-based instructional technology graduate program for practicing professional educators.
Emporia State University
1200 Commercial Street
Emporia, KS 66801
K-12 Teaching Experience Junior High School Science Teacher, Mesa [AZ] Public Schools 1985 - 1994
My experiences included all aspects of teaching in the public school setting. I taught primarily life science courses, but I have experience teaching physical science and drama as well. Throughout my nine years at Hendrix Junior High, I developed and implemented a number of technology-supported instructional programs for my courses, including individual computer-based programs, individual and group interactive video programs, and instructional videotapes. I was also involved in the development of the school district's new junior high school science curriculum, which included the creation of a “science essential skills” information network in conjunction with the Arizona Department of Education.
Mesa Public Schools
63 East Main Street
Mesa, Arizona 85201
Additional Relevant Experiences
Evaluated effects of Wassatch, CCC, and CompassLearning computer-based courseware within a variety of K-12 and industry instructional settings
Developed and implemented instructional design and evaluation training modules for members of the American Society for Training and Development
Instructional media textbook reviewer: Wadsworth Publishing
Developed and implemented a Microsoft Educational Initiatives grant for Virginia Tech and the Emporia (KS) School District
Mesa Public School Junior High School Science Curriculum Revision Steering Committee Instructional Design Chairperson
Motorola, Inc. - Mesa Public Schools Education/Industry Ambassador
Mesa District Technology Advisory Committee member
International Journal of ePortfolio editorial board member(current)
International Journal of Educational Technology editorial board member (past)
Association for Educational Communications and Technology Research and Theory Division President (past)
AECT Research and Theory Division board member (past)
Education Technology Research and Development Consulting Editor (past)
Computer Application Skills
Web Development I regularly use the following tools to develop website and database structures as well as SCORM and Section 508-compliant interactive multimedia modules:
Dreamweaver (with various multimedia design modules)
Oracle Application Express (Oracle Database and PL/SQL)
Learning Management System Experience
NSTA Proprietary System
FS Pro 2013 (Word Add-On)
Recent Evaluation Projects and Reports Sherman, G. (2010-2013). Evaluation of the National Science Teachers Association’s Science Teacher-Scientist/Engineer Externship Program.
Sherman, G. (2012). Evaluation of the National Department of Defense Education Program’s LabTV video inclusion in the National Science Teachers Association’s Learning Center collection of professional development resources.
Sherman, G. (2008). Contributing NSTA K-16 Content to the NSDL Repository [NSF Proposal # 0506535].
Sherman, G. (2008). Evaluation of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Symposia and Web Seminars: An Analysis of Existing and Follow-Up Program Evaluation Data from 2004 – 2008 Addressing Professional Development for the International Polar Year Project [NSF Proposal # 0645895].
Sherman, G. (2008). Evaluation of the National Science Teachers Association’s “Force and Motion” Short Course [General Electric Foundation Grant].
Sherman, G. (2007). NSTA SciPack-Supported Professional Development Program for Hawai’i Department of Education. [U.S. Department of Education Flow-Through Technology Grant].
Sherman, G. 2007. Evaluation of a NSTA SciPack-Supported Professional Development Program for the Jefferson County (KY) Public School System [General Electric Foundation Grant].
Sherman, G. (2007). SciPack Professional Development Evaluation: Application of SciPack Content to Science Unit/Lesson Effectiveness in West Virginia Schools. [West Virginia Department of Education Technology Initiative Grant].
Byers, A. and Sherman, G. (2012). Research Insights into Online Communities of Practice and Teacher Learning Online:The NSTA Learning Center. Proceedings of the National Science Teachers Association's Annual Conference. Indianapolis, IN.
Sherman, G. & Byers, A. (2011). Electronic Portfolios in the Professional Development of Educators. In D’Agustino, S. (Ed.) Adaptation, Resistance and Access to Instructional Technologies: Assessing Future Trends in Education. New York: Information Science Reference.
Byers, A., Koba, S., Sherman, G., Scheppke, J. & Bolus, R. (2011). Developing a Web-Based Mechanism for Assessing Teacher Science Content Knowledge. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 22(3), pp. 273-289.
Sherman, G. (2010). Context-Driven Design for Technology-Supported Instruction. Proceedings of the E-Learn 2010 World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education. Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
Sherman, G., Byers, A., Rapp, S. (2008). Evaluation of Online, On-Demand Science Professional Development Material Involving Two Different Implementation Models. Journal of Science Education and Technology.
Sherman, G. (2006). Instructional Roles of Electronic Portfolios. In Kaufman, C. & Jafari, A. (Eds.) Handbook of Research on ePortfolios. Hershey, PA: Idea Group Publishing.
Sherman, G. (2005). Electronic Portfolios in the K-12 Classroom. Virginia Society for Technology in Education's Edge, 2(4).
Sherman, G. (2004). Desperately Seeking Scaffolds. Virginia Society for Technology in Education Journal, 19(1), pp. 2-5.
Sherman, G. (2004). Learning in Context with Technology-Supported Instruction. Virginia Society for Technology in Education's Edge, 1(2).
Sherman, G., Blocher, M. & Alley, P. (2003). Technology Integration Professional Development in Teacher Education: Three Different Approaches. In A. Rossett (Ed.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2003 (pp. 727-730). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
Sherman, G. (2003). Instructionist versus Constructionist Web-based Collaborative Learning Environments. In Y. Zhao (ed). F. T. Wu (trans.). International Perspectives on Web-based Education. pp. 30-41. Beijing, China: Beijing Normal University Press.
Sherman, G., & Lockee, B. (2001). Visualizing outcomes: Portfolio-based instructional design and assessment strategies for an on-line instructional technology Master’s program. Journal of Visual Literacy. 21 (1), 77-94.
Vaccare, C., Sherman, G. (2001). A Pragmatic Model for Instructional Technology Selection. Educational Media and Technology Yearbook, 26, 16-23.
Sherman, G. & Hicks, D. (2000). Using a Historic Site to Develop Virtual Reality-Enhanced Web-Based Instructional Material: Learning to Use Technology as a Partner in the Classroom. Current Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, [Online serial], 1(2). Available: http://www.citejournal.org/vol1/iss2/currentissues/socialstudies/article1.htm
Childress, M., Lee, L. and Sherman, G. (1999). Reviewing software as a means of enhancing instruction. Information Technology in Childhood Education. 255-261.
Sherman, G.P. (1996). Review of Frederick Bennitt's Computers as Tutors: Solving the Crisis in Education. Education Policy Analysis Archive. 4 (16).
Sherman, G.P. (1996). Educational Technology for Curriculum Integration. In H. Foyle (Ed.), Constructing Curriculum in an Age of Change. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc.
Sherman, G.P., and Klein, J.D. (1995). The effects of cued interaction and ability grouping during cooperative computer-based science instruction. Educational Technology Research and Development, 43 (4), 5-25.
Byers, A. & Sherman, G. (2012). Research Insights into Online Communities of Practice and Teacher Learning Online: The NSTA Learning Center. Annual Conference of the National Science Teachers Association, Indianapolis, IN.
Sherman, G. (2012). Evaluation of the National Science Teachers Association's Integrating NASA Digital Education Assets (IDEA) project. Annual Conference of the National Science Teachers Association, Indianapolis, IN.
Sherman, G. (2012). Evaluation of the National Defense Education Program's LabTV resources. National Science Teachers Association Board of Directors Meeting, Albuquerque, NM.
Sherman, G. (2010). Context-Driven Design for Technology-Supported Instruction. Presentation for the E-Learn 2010 World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education.
Sherman, G. (2009). Electronic Portfolios in the Professional Development of Georgia Science Teachers. Presentation to faculty in the Atlanta Public Schools. Atlanta, GA. April, 2009.
Sherman, G. (2009). NSTA's Learning Center: Professional Development for West Virginia's Science Teachers. Presentation for the West Virginia Department of Education. Huntington, WV. June, 2009.
Sherman, G. (2009). Web 2.0 and New Contexts for Teaching and Learning. Presentation fro the Students Virginia Education Association Conference. Mountain Lake, VA. March, 2009.
Derrick, J., Sherman, G. & Balance, E. (2008). Extended Video Application (EVA): A Microsoft OneNote Power Toy Designed to Support the Evaluation of Digital Video-Based Student Performances. Presentation at the 2008 Workshop on the Impact of Pen-based Technology in Education, Purdue University.
Derrick, J. & Sherman, G. (2008). Extended Video Application (EVA): Evaluating Tablet PC Software for Multi-Disciplinary Clinical learning & Teaching. 38th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Sarasota Springs, NY.
Sherman, G. (2008). Introducing the NSTA Learning Center. Presentation to the West Virginia Department of Education. Huntington, WV. July, 2008.
Sherman, G. (2008). NSTA e-Portfolio Professional Development Workshop. Presentation for the New Hampshire Department of Education. Manchester, NH. March, 2008.
Sherman, G. (2008). ePortfolios in the Physics Inquiry for Student Achievement Program. Presentation to the Gwinnett County (GA) Public Schools. Lawrenceville, GA. June, 2008.
Sherman, G. (2008). The NSTA Learning Center: Free Classroom Resources for Educators and More. Presentation at the Annual Conference of the National Science teachers Association. Boston, MA. March, 2008.
Sherman, G. (2008). The NSTA Learning Center: e-Professional Development Resources and Opportunities for You and Your Classroom. Presentation for the Annual Sally Ride Science Educator Conference. Silver Spring, MD. July, 2008
Sherman, G. (2008). NSTA Online Professional Development. Presentation for the Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching. Austin, TX. October, 2008.
Sherman, G. (2008). NSTA Online Professional Development. Presentation for the bend La Pine School District Middle School Teachers. Bend, OR. November, 2008.
Sherman, G. & Tillies, R. (2007). Educational Research and Evaluation Data Collection Procedures in Second Life. Presentation for the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education's World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education. Quebec City, Canada.
Sherman, G. (2007). Instructional Design and Web-based Instruction. Faculty Development presentation, Radford University. August, 2007.
Sherman, G. (2007). Capturing, Digitizing, Unifying, Accessing and Evaluating Teacher Candidate Performance Data. Presentation for the American Associate of Colleges of Teacher Education. New York, NY. February, 2007.
Sherman, G. (2007). Developing Effective Web-Based Evaluation Strategies. Presentation for Radford University’s New Faculty Institute. Radford, VA. October, 2007.
Sherman, G. (2007). Implementation of SciPacks, SciGuides and Journal Articles. Presentation to the Hawaii Department of Education, Honolulu, HI. October, 2007.
Sherman, G. (2007). Educational Applications of Second Life. Presentation to the Southwest Virginia Professional Education Consortium. Roanoke, VA. April, 2007.
Sherman, G. (2007). College in Second Life: A Real World Presentation. Presentation to the Training and Technical Assistance center, Radford University. Radford, VA. October, 2007.
Sherman, G. (2006). Characteristics of Well-Written Web-Delivered Assessment Items. Presentation for the National Science Teachers Association, September 2006.
Radford University $20,000 Research Grant Recipient: 2011-2012
Radford University $2500 Summer Research Grant Recipient: 2007 and 2008
National Science Teachers Association $20,000 Professional Development Support Grant: 2007-2008
Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) U.S. Department of Education $1.3 Million grant co-principle investigator: 2002-2003
Awards and Honors
Spring 2000 team member recipient (project manager) of the Xcalibur award for excellence in web-based instruction at Virginia Tech
1995 recipient of the Robert M. Gagné Award for outstanding graduate student research in instructional development (presented by the Division for Instructional Development, Association for Educational Communications and Technology)
Featured in the following article about Mesa Public School's nationally recognized science program: Begley, Sharon (1990). Scratch 'n' sniff science. Newsweek, 116(28), 24-28.