Robert Zheng

Robert Zheng is an associate professor of Instructional Design and Educational Technology in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Utah. He also is the director of Center for the Advancement of Technology in Education (CATE) at the University of Utah. His research interests include online instructional design, cognition and multimedia learning, and human-computer interaction. He edited and co-edited several books including Cognitive Effects on Multimedia Learning, Online Instructional Modeling: Theories and Practices, and Adolescent Online Social Communication and Behavior: Relationship Formation on the Internet. He has published numerous book chapters and research papers in the areas of multimedia, online learning, and cognition.

Publications

Digital Technologies and Instructional Design for Personalized Learning
Robert Zheng. © 2018. 385 pages.
When facilitating high-quality education, using digital technology to personalize students' learning is a focus in the development of instruction. There is a...
Handbook of Research on Serious Games for Educational Applications
Robert Zheng, Michael K. Gardner. © 2017. 496 pages.
Games have been part of the entertainment industry for decades. Once only considered viable for personal entertainment, virtual gaming media is now being explored...
A Framework for Promoting Knowledge Transfer in SNS Game-Based Learning
Robert Z. Zheng, Thanh N. Truong. © 2017. 26 pages.
This chapter focuses on an important issue in SNS game-based learning, that is, learners' knowledge transfer in the ill-structured domain. The chapter offers a...
Optimizing Students' Information Processing in Science Learning: A Knowledge Visualization Approach
Robert Zheng, Yiqing Wang. © 2016. 23 pages.
This chapter discusses a theoretical framework for designing effective visual learning in science education. The framework is based on several theories related to...
Evolving Psychological and Educational Perspectives on Cyber Behavior
Robert Zheng. © 2013. 337 pages.
Online education and social interaction is on the rise. This new vehicle for human learning and communication opens the door for the latest exploration in emerging...
Engaging Older Adults with Modern Technology: Internet Use and Information Access Needs
Robert Z. Zheng, Robert D. Hill, Michael K Gardner. © 2013. 420 pages.
The study of older adults and internet use has emerged as a specific area of interest which covers a wide range of topics ranging from behaviors of senior adults...
Growing From Childhood into Adolescence: The Science of Cyber Behavior
Zheng Yan, Robert Z. Zheng. © 2013. 14 pages.
In this theoretical review paper, the authors discuss five important issues about the science of cyber behavior as a field of scientific research. First, they...
Effective Online Learning for Older People: A Heuristic Design Approach
Robert Z. Zheng. © 2013. 18 pages.
This chapter examines the cognitive constraints related to older people in learning, particularly in e-learning, and proposes a new design approach that: (1)...
The Effects of High and Low Technologies on Emotional Support for Caregivers: An Exploratory Study
Robert Z. Zheng, Candice M. Daniel, Robert D. Hill, Marilyn Luptak, Bret L. Hicken, Marren Grant, Randall Rupper. © 2013. 12 pages.
Understanding the role of modern technology in providing adjunctive emotional support to caregivers has been a focus in contemporary caregiving research. However...
The Influence of Cognitive Styles on Learners’ Performance in e-Learning
Robert Z. Zheng. © 2012. 21 pages.
This chapter focused the influence of cognitive styles on learners’ performance in e-Learning. The author examined the existing practice of style matching where...
Presentation of Complex Medical Information: Interaction Between Concept Maps and Spatial Ability on Deep Learning
Susan M. Miller, Ying Geng, Robert Z. Zheng, Aaron Dewald. © 2012. 12 pages.
The purpose was to test the effect of placement of concept maps on learning complex medical information presented online. Blocked by a median split of scores on...
An Inquiry into the Policies and Practices for Online Education at One U.S. Doctoral/Research-Extensive University: A Case Study
Peter A. Bruce, Robert Z. Zheng. © 2012. 23 pages.
The case study examines the policies and practices for online education at one doctoral/research-extensive university. It uses interview findings from the Chief...
Does the Format of Pretraining Matter?: A Study on the Effects of Different Pretraining Approaches on Prior Knowledge Construction in an Online Learning Environment
Robert Z. Zheng, Udita Gupta, Aaron Dewald. © 2012. 13 pages.
The current study investigated an important issue pertinent to pretraining and prior knowledge construction. It examined whether different formats of pretraining...
An Inquiry into the Policies and Practices for Online Education at One U.S. Doctoral/Research-Extensive University: A Case Study
Peter A. Bruce, Robert Z. Zheng. © 2011. 17 pages.
The case study examines the policies and practices for online education at one doctoral/research-extensive university. It uses interview findings from the Chief...
Growing From Childhood into Adolescence: The Science of Cyber Behavior
Zheng Yan, Robert Z. Zheng. © 2011. 12 pages.
In this theoretical review paper, the authors discuss five important issues about the science of cyber behavior as a field of scientific research. First, they...
Functional Relevance and Online Instructional Design
Glenn E. Snelbecker, Susan M. Miller, Robert Z. Zheng. © 2011. 17 pages.
Online instruction will more likely be effective if it fits with, and is perceived by, students as being functionally relevant for their education, work, or other...
An Ontological Approach to Online Instructional Design
Robert Z. Zheng, Laura B. Dahl. © 2011. 22 pages.
This chapter introduces the ontological instructional design as an alternative to the traditional instructional design in teaching and learning. By comparing the...
Adolescent Online Social Communication and Behavior: Relationship Formation on the Internet
Robert Zheng, Jason Burrow-Sanchez, Clifford J. Drew. © 2010. 300 pages.
The use of social media has gained a greater foothold in teen life as they embrace the conversational nature of interactive online media. However, general concerns...
Designing Dynamic Learning Environment for Web 2.0 Application
Robert Z. Zheng. © 2010. 17 pages.
The growth of online resources and the advancement of Web 2.0 technology are changing the instructional landscape and have significantly impacted the practices in...
An Ontological Approach to Online Instructional Design
Robert Z. Zheng, Laura B. Dahl. © 2010. 23 pages.
This chapter introduces the ontological instructional design as an alternative to the traditional instructional design in teaching and learning. By comparing the...
Using Concept Maps to Enhance Students' Prior Knowledge in Complex Learning
Robert Z. Zheng, Laura B. Dahl. © 2010. 19 pages.
As an instructional tool, concept map has been widely used to teach complex subjects in schools. Research suggests that concept mapping can help bridge learners’...
Toward an Integrated Conceptual Framework of Research in Teen Online Communication
Robert Z. Zheng, Jason J. Burrow-Sanchez, Stephanie Donnelly, Megan E. Call, Clifford J. Drew. © 2010. 13 pages.
This article presents a conceptual framework for research exploring teen online communication. It brings attention to the influences of related elements such as...
The Impact of Individual Differences on Social Communication Pattern in Online Learning
Robert Z. Zheng, Jill A. Flygare, Laura B. Dahl, Richard R. Hoffman. © 2010. 23 pages.
This chapter describes the college students’ online social communication patterns and behavior with a focus on the impact of individual differences on learners’...
Designing Dynamic Learning Environment for Web 2.0 Application
Robert Z. Zheng. © 2010. 17 pages.
The growth of online resources and the advancement ofWeb 2.0 technology are changing the instructional landscape and have significantly impacted the practices in...
Cognitive Effects of Multimedia Learning
Robert Zheng. © 2009. 440 pages.
Now established as an effective tool in the instructional process, multimedia has penetrated educational systems at almost every level of study. In their quest to...
Cognitive Perspective on Human-Computer Interface Design
Robert Z. Zheng, Laura B. Dahl, Jill Flygare. © 2009. 21 pages.
This chapter focuses on the design of human-computer interface, particularly the software interface design, by examining the relationship between the functionality...
The Impact of Individual Differences on Social Communication Pattern in Online Learning
Robert Z. Zheng, Jill A. Flygare, Laura B. Dahl, Richard R. Hoffman. © 2009. 22 pages.
This chapter describes the college students’ online social communication patterns and behavior with a focus on the impact of individual differences on learners’...
Understanding Online Instructional Modeling: Theories and Practices
Robert Zheng, Sharmila Pixy Ferris. © 2008. 308 pages.
Higher education is currently undergoing significant changes, and conditions in higher education reflect changing financial, social, and political conditions...
Cognitive Functionality of Multimedia in Problem Solving
Robert Zheng. © 2008. 17 pages.
Teaching problem solving can be a challenge to teachers. However, the challenge is oftentimes not due to a lack of skills on the part of learners but due to an...
Understanding the Underlying Constructs of WebQuests
Robert Zheng. © 2008. 16 pages.
One of the challenges in integrating the Internet into classroom instruction is to identify factors that are critical to online teaching and functionally relevant...
Cognitive Functionality of Multimedia in Problem Solving
Robert Zheng. © 2008. 15 pages.
Teaching problem solving can be a challenge to teachers. However, the challenge is oftentimes not due to a lack of skills on the part of learners but due to an...
Functional Relevance and Online Instructional Design
Glenn E. Snelbecker, Susan M. Miller, Robert Z. Zheng. © 2008. 17 pages.
Online instruction will more likely be effective if it fits with, and is perceived by, students as being functionally relevant for their education, work, or other...
From WebQuests to Virtual Learning: A Study on Students' Perception of Factors Affecting Design and Development of Online Learning
Robert Zheng. © 2006. 30 pages.
WebQuest as an Internet-based instructional model has recently been widely adopted in K-16 education. However, its underlying principles and functionality are not...