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Another major award for Florida State book on educational technology

A book co-edited by Florida State University College of Education Professor Robert Reiser and Florida State alumnus John Dempsey recently received the 2008 James W. Brown Publications Award from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). "Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology" was recognized by AECT as an outstanding publication in the field of educational technology.

Now in its second edition, "Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology" is largely a product of contributions from current faculty in the College of Education's Instructional Systems Program and several of the program's alumni. It is intended to provide readers with a clear picture of the field of instructional design and technology, the trends and issues that have affected it in the past and present, and those likely to bear influence in the future.

Reiser, a University Distinguished Teaching Professor at Florida State and the Robert M. Morgan Professor of Instructional Systems, said he is honored to have the book receive such recognition but was quick to acknowledge the contributions of his colleagues, "without whose efforts this award would not have been possible."

This marks the book's third significant accolade in two years. In 2007, it won the Outstanding Human Performance Communication Award from the International Society for Performance Improvement. It also received the Outstanding Book Award in 2006 from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology's Division of Design & Development.

Current and former Florida State University faculty who authored or co-authored chapters include Robert Branson (professor emeritus, Instructional Systems), Walter Dick (professor emeritus, Instructional Systems), Marcy Driscoll (dean, College of Education), John Keller (professor, Instructional Systems) and Walt Wager (professor emeritus, Instructional Systems). Alumni contributors include John Dempsey (University of South Alabama), Marguerite Foxon (private consultant), Donna Gabrielle (private consultant), Janette Hill (University of Georgia), James Klein (Arizona State University), Brenda Litchfield (University of Southern Alabama), Jan McKay (The Florida State University), Katsuaki Suzuki (Kumamoto University) and Jan Visser (Learning Development Institute).

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By Nash McCutchen