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This long list contains worldwide public, private, non-profit, and commercial organizations and associations relating to instructional psychology and technology.

American Educational Research Association (AERA)
The American Educational Research Association is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.

Association for Educational Communications & Technology (AECT)
The mission of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology is to provide leadership in educational communications and technology by linking professionals holding a common interest in the use of educational technology and its application to the learning process.

Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
AACE (founded in 1981) is an international, educational, and professional organization dedicated to the advancement of the knowledge, theory, and quality of learning and teaching at all levels with information technology.

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
A nonprofit professional organization dedicated to the improvement of education through computer-based technology.

International Visual Literacy Association
A not-for-profit professional association of researchers, educators, and artists dedicated to the principles of visual literacy and concerned with issues related to education, instruction, and training in modes of visual communication and their application through the concept of visual literacy to individuals, groups, organizations, and the public in general.

Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)
The Society for Research in Child Development is a multidisciplinary, not-for-profit, professional association with a membership of approximately 5,500 researchers, practitioners, and human development professionals from over 50 countries. The purposes of the Society are to promote multidisciplinary research in the field of human development, to foster the exchange of information among scientists and other professionals of various disciplines, and to encourage applications of research findings.

United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The USDLA's purpose is to promote the development and application of distance learning for education and training. The constitutents served include K through 12 education, higher education, continuing education, corporate training, and military and government training.

  • Contemporary Educational Psychology
  • Educational Researcher
  • Educational Technology  
  • ETR&D  
  • Instructional Science Journal of Educational Computing Research  
  • Journal of Educational Psychology  
  • Journal of Learning Psychology 
  • Journal of Visual Literacy
  • Performance Improvement Journal
  • Performance Improvement Quarterly 
  • TechTrends

Research Concentrations in Learning Sciences

Research teams composed of faculty and graduate students actively conduct both theoretical and applied research in one or more of the following areas, and at the various intersections of these areas:

  • Instructional Design
  • Instructional Technology
  • Motivation & Cognition
  • Instructional Visuals and Interface Design
  • Self-regulation 
  • Moral and Social Judgment
  • Epistemic Cognition and Critical Thinking

Research Opportunities

Interested students are invited to join a research team directed by Dr. Mike Crowson. The team pursues two lines of research. One line investigates relationships among social judgments, political attitudes, personal epistemology, and moral judgment level. The other line investigates the nature of personal epistemology and its relationship to achievement motivation and academic outcomes. Team members will have the opportunity to participate in data collection and analysis, conceptualization of new and follow-on studies, instrument development, and all phases of writing.   

Contact Dr. Crowson (405-325-8795; for more information.

Teaching Assistantship

Graduate Teaching Assistants are employed by the department of Educational Psychology to teach a variety of undergraduate classes. GTAs work under the supervision of Learning Sciences faculty. The faculty member and GTA jointly plan projects, activities, exams, etc. to assure similarity across multiple sections of a course.

GTA positions are typically nine-month appointments; that is, they incorporate both the fall and spring semesters.

International students must complete all requirements through the OU English Assessment Program related to the holding of teaching assistantships before they apply for a GTA position.See your advisor or Dr. Heddy for information about the department's policy regarding payment for these tests.

Descriptions of the courses and the background knowledge required to be selected as a GTA for each course can be found on the link below

Course Descriptions and Expected GTA Qualifications (PDF)

Students who wish to be considered for any of the GTA positions noted below should make their interest known by submitting the following to Ben Heddy, Program Area Coordinator, Learning Sciences, 320C Collings Hall:

  • a letter of application noting all of the teaching positions you are interested in holding AND outlining your qualifications for those position(s)
  • a curriculum vita noting your coursework and other experiences relevant to the position(s) you are applying for

The GTA assignments are typically announced before the beginning of the spring semester so that students can sit in on their assigned class during the that semester in preparation for teaching in the fall.

Research Assistantship

Research Assistants (RAs) are employed by the department of Educational Psychology to assist faculty members in their programs of research. In some cases RAs also assist the department chairperson or program area coordinators with administrative tasks.

RA assignments are typically nine-month appointments; that is, they incorporate both the fall and spring semesters.

Students wishing to be considered for an RA position should submit the following to Ben Heddy, Program Area Coordinator, Learning Sciences, 320C Collings Hall:

  • a letter of application outlining your qualifications for a research assistantship
  • a curriculum vita noting coursework and other experiences relevant to the RA position

RA assignments for the following academic year will be announced before the end of the spring semester.

Graduate Fellowship

The Graduate Fellowship in Learning Sciences will be awarded each academic year to one outstanding applicant to the Learning Sciences program.  The award includes: 

  • graduate assistantship at .50 FTE (20 hours per week)
  • full tuition waiver for the 90 credit hours required in the doctoral program
  • full coverage of health insurance premiums
  • funds of $500 annually for professional travel
  • these supports will be renewable for four total years of graduate study


The Learning Sciences Graduate Fellowship may be awarded to a student who: 

  • is admissible to the Graduate College in full standing
  • is admissible to the doctoral program in Instructional Psychology and Technology in full standing
  • is judged by the Learning Sciences faculty to be outstanding on the basis of:
    • letters of reference written on behalf of the applicant 
    • the applicant's personal statement 
    • GRE scores 
    • prior GPA 
    • scholarly accomplishments 
    • applied accomplishments 

Application Procedures 

Full admission to the IPT program involves application to both the Learning Sciences program and the OU Graduate College. 

To apply to the Learning Sciences program, applicants must submit the following to: Department of Educational Psychology, 820 Van Vleet Oval, Norman, OK 73019-2041: 

  • a cover letter outlining qualifications for the Graduate Fellowship
  • the Learning Sciences application form and the requested information regarding background and interests related to Learning Sciences
  • transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  • three letters of recommendation regarding academic capabilities and potential for success in the field.  Ideally, one or more letters should come from someone familiar with the applicants academic work, such as a former faculty member or advisor
  • an official record of GRE scores
  • International applicants should also submit a TOEFL score
  • a current vita or resume

Applicants must also apply to the Graduate College of the University of Oklahoma, 730 Elm Ave., Robertson Hall 213, Norman, OK 73019.  The Graduate College application form, and information about application procedures, can be found at

Application Deadline

For fullest consideration, applications should be received by Feb. 1.



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