Title

Associate Teaching Professor

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Office: 150-E MCKB
Department:
IPT

Brief Biography

I am a native of Provo, UT. Currently I live with my wife and youngest son in Spanish Fork, UT. Professionally, I spent much of my career in the instructional media industry, most recently as the director of digital products for the Deseret Book Company and a media portfolio director for the LDS Church.

Teaching Interests

I have taught both graduate and undergraduate university students. I have also taught in industry settings, both corporate and non-profit. Topics I have taught include:

Instructional design processes

Integrating technology in the classroom

Product management

Project management

The history of instructional design

Instructional simulations

Human-computer interactions, user interface design, and usability practices

Learning psychology

But what I really love teaching is design itself. This includes the philosophy of design, case studies of notable designs, the history of design, design culture, the lived experience of designers, and practical design techniques. My experience as a practicing instructional designer helps me effectively mentor students in all of these areas. I also love teaching how to blend instructional design with other creative practices.

Research Interests

• Reflective practice for designers

• Creativity in the instructional design process

• Principles that help instructional designers remain focused on the goals and intents of innovative instructional strategies

• Diffusion of innovations

• Design-based research

• The philosophy and history of instructional design

• The role of narrative in instruction and learning

• Critical thinking about instructional design practices

• Design-driven innovation for instructional design

Awards

Best Zone Paper

American Society for Engineering Education

2008

Teaching with Technology Faculty Fellowship

BYU Center for Instructional Design

2003

Selected Publications

Embracing the danger: Accepting the implications of innovation (2016)

Authors: McDonald, Jason K

Publication Type: Journal Article, Professional or Trade Magazine Article

Volume: 56

Issue: 6

Page Numbers: 14-17

A Biblical poetics for filmmakers (2014)

Authors: Packard, Dennis J; Campbell, Preston; McDonald, Jason K

Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Volume: 5

Issue: 2

Page Numbers: 502-521

Design-driven innovation as seen in a worldwide, values-based curriculum (2014)

Authors: Hadlock, Camey; McDonald, Jason K

Publication Type: Journal Article, Professional or Trade Magazine Article

Volume: 53

Issue: 4

Page Numbers: 15-22

Scriptural principles for visual media (2011)

Authors: McDonald, Jason K; Nielson, David

Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Volume: 12

Issue: 3

Page Numbers: 203-219

The creative spirit of design (2011)

Authors: McDonald, Jason K

Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Volume: 55

Issue: 5

Page Numbers: 53-57

Resisting technological gravity: Using guiding principles for instructional design (2010)

Authors: McDonald, Jason K

Publication Type: Journal Article, Professional or Trade Magazine Article

Volume: 50

Issue: 2

Page Numbers: 8-13

Imaginative instruction: What master storytellers can teach instructional designers (2009)

Authors: McDonald, Jason K

Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Volume: 46

Issue: 2

Page Numbers: 111-122

Technology I, II, and III: Criteria for understanding and improving the practice of instructional technology (2009)

Authors: McDonald, Jason K; Gibbons, Andrew S

Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Volume: 57

Issue: 3

Page Numbers: 377-392

Learning from programmed instruction: Examining implications for modern instructional technology (2005)

Authors: McDonald, Jason K; Yanchar, Stephen C; Osguthorpe, Russell T

Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Volume: 53

Issue: 2

Page Numbers: 84-98