Links to Other Related Sites

Asynchronous Learning Networks - ALN

Although the term Asynchronous Learning Networks (ALN) dates only from 1994, and involves the use of computer networks, their definition would cover much of what was done at WVU, if you substitute face-to-face meetings for the web.

What is ALN? According to their web site, "Asynchronous Learning Networks (ALN) are people networks for anytime - anywhere learning . ALN combines self-study with substantial, rapid, asynchronous interactivity with others. In ALN learners use computer and communications technologies to work with remote learning resources, including coaches and other learners, but without the requirement to be online at the same time. The most common ALN communication tool is the World Wide Web. ALN also encompasses a proctored examination at a specified time and place, or occasional synchronous chat or lab sessions for near-campus learners, or an in-person kickoff meeting.

If we were starting fresh today, we'd probably be flying the ALN banner.

Behavioral Psychology

Although not strict adherents to the philosophic base of Behaviorism, the WVU team relied heavily on behavioral technology.

Robert Allen, at Lafayette, has a repository of materials and links on Behaviorism. His archives on Fred Keller and PSI may be particularly valuable.

He includes a link to the B. F. Skinner Foundation

This site includes an on-line version of Skinner's own program, The Analysis of Behavior: A Program for Self-Instruction. This program currently is supported for the PC platform. A Macintosh compatible version is in progress.

Resources In Science and Engineering Education

Richard Felder has many years of experience in conducting workshops on college teaching. He has a number of resources on-line at

Instructional Design Portal at Virginia Tech
This site is designed to facilitate practical instructional design among Virginia Tech instructors by providing guidelines for implementing the instructional design model of Smith & Ragan (1993) 
It also includes material on other systems of instructional design, including:
Personalized System of Instruction (PSI), or "Keller Plan" handout in PDF format.
 Guided Design handout in PDF format.

The Proctorial System of instruction, PSI, or "Keller Plan"

In the 1960's, Fred S. Keller, J. Gilmour Sherman, and others developed a synthesis of educational methods and practices that has often been called the Keller Plan or the Personalized System of Instruction (PSI). In addition to the PSI references above, consider

The Keller Plan in Science Teaching, by James A. Kulik, Chen-Lin Kulik. Kevin Carmichael

A Checklist for Designing Instruction in the Affective Domain

Barbara L. Martin (1989)