Aaron John Dewald
Associate Director of the Center for Innovation in Legal Education
Aaron is currently the Associate Director of the Center for Innovation and Legal Education and a PhD student in learning science – giving him a unique perspective on technology use in pedagogical situations. Aaron received his B.S. in Information Systems from North Dakota State University in 2001, and his M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Educational Technology from the University of Utah in 2010.
A dedicated student, Aaron lives by a work hard, study hard, play hard mentality. He runs, bikes, or swims every day and also competes in half-Ironman triathlons, qualifying for the World Championships in 2012. Aaron’s success as a educational technology professional undoubtedly stems from his ability to focus that same energy and passion into his work and his studies.
Aaron co-teaches the Counterterrorism Simulation Design course with Professor Amos Guiora. He also teaches Introduction to Web-based Tools at the College of Education.
Aaron also oversees TheFirstYear.org project.
Miller, S., Geng, Y., Zheng, R., & Dewald, A. (2012). Presentation of complex medical information: Interaction between concept maps and spatial ability on deep learning. International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning, 2(1), 42-53.
Zheng, R. Z., Gupta, U., & Dewald, A. (2012). Does the Format of Pretraining Matter?: A Study on the Effects of Different Pretraining Approaches on Prior Knowledge Construction in an Online Learning Environment. International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning (IJCBPL), 2(2), 35-47.
Butcher, K. R., Davies, S., Crockett, A., Zheng, R., Dewald, A., & Cook, A. (2011, July). Graphical displays for online information seeking. Poster presented at the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Boston, MA.
Dewald, A., Butcher, K., & Zheng, R. (2011, March). Developing interactive multimedia to enhance elementary students' critical thinking in science. Talk presented at the Utah Coalition for Educational Technology (UCET 2011), Jordan High School, Sandy, UT.
Butcher, K., Davies, S., Mazal, A., Dewald, A., Zheng, R., & Cook, A. (2010, November). Helping preservice teachers find and evaluate digital resources for the classroom: Can educational digital libraries help? Paper presented at the National Science Digital Library Annual Meeting (NSDL 2010). Washington, DC.
Butcher, K. R., Zheng, R., Cook, A., Ferrara, L., Davies, S., Crockett-Mazal, A., & Dewald, A. (2010, August). Facilitating educator evaluation of online instructional materials: Does conceptual browsing impact cognitive processing? Poster presented at the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Portland, OR.
Slator, Brian, et al (2001). Rushing Headlong into the Past: the Blackwood Simulation. Proceedings of the Fifth IASTED International Conference on Internet and Multimedia Systems and Applications (IMSA 2001). Honolulu, HI, August 13-16
Selected Talks and Presentations
Dewald, A. (2013, October). Improving Presentations With Learning Science. Talk presented to the faculty of New York Law School, New York, NY.
Dewald, A., Threedy, D. (2013, June). Considerations in Designing and Implementing a Hybrid Course in Legal Education. Talk presented at the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning Conference, Washburn School of Law, Topeka, KS.
Dewald, H.B.P., Dewald, A. (2013, April). Online video: Instructional tool for university personnel preparation programs in visual impairment. Talk presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Conference and Expo, San Antonio, TX.
Dewald, A. (2013, March). Flipping the classroom: Leveraging technology to improve teaching and learning. Talk presented at the Honors College Short Take March meeting, Salt Lake City, UT.
Dewald, A. (2012, June). Selecting course technology based on simple learning science objectives. Talk presented at the CALI Conference for Law School Computing, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA.
Dewald, A., Butcher, K. (2012, March). Using Google Apps to create a deeper learning experience for students. Talk presented at the Utah Coalition for Educational Technology (UCET 2012), Jordan High School, Sandy, UT.
Dewald, A. (2012, February). Using learning science to select course technology. Talk presented via Skype to Widener Law School, Wilmington, DE.
Dewald, A., Butcher, K., & Zheng, R. (2011, March). Developing interactive multimedia to enhance elementary students’ critical thinking in science. Talk presented at the Utah Coalition for Educational Technology (UCET 2011), Jordan High School, Sandy, UT.