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John Burton



Dr. John Burton is a professor of education specializing in Instructional Design and Technology. He earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. To date Dr. Burton has authored or coauthored more than 85 refereed articles, book chapters, technical reports, instructional software, instructional television scripts, and book/software reviews. Dr. Burton has also contributed greatly to the field by presenting at many regional, national, and international conferences. Dr. Burton has held numerous leadership positions during his tenure at Virginia Tech including, but not limited to, his position as Associate Director for Educational Research and Outreach from 2005-2008 and his current position as Director of the Center for Instructional Technology Solutions in Industry and Education (CITSIE).  

In addition to being actively involved in research and teaching, Dr. Burton also engages in service activities. He is consulting editor for Educational Technology Research & Development. He reviews for a variety of journals, such as American Educational Research Journal and Review of Educational Research. He has consulted numerous organizations on instructional technology matters and has reviewed proposals for the National Science Foundation and the Office of Special Education. Dr. Burton has conducted numerous workshops and professional development seminars for a variety of K-12 school divisions in Virginia. Finally, Dr. Burton has received honors in recognition of his exemplary professional contributions, such as the Alumni International Outreach Award in 2010. Dr. Burton’s contributions through teaching, research, and service enrich the Virginia Tech School of Education community.


Ph.D.  Educational Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1977

M.A.  Experimental Psychology, Illinois State University, 1970

B.A.  Psychology, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae 

  • EDIT 6654: Research in Instructional Technology

  • EDIT 6644: Trends in Instructional Technology

Instructional technology including research versus evaluation and hypermedia -- particularly channels (modalities)

Dr. Burton’s research interests are instructional technology including research versus evaluation and hypermedia. A recent book chapter in the Educational Media and Technology Yearbook and an article publication in Distance Learning further a strong line of inquiry, as well as demonstrate continued contributions to the field. Dr. Burton’s involvement in grant-funded projects also exemplifies commitment to the field. He has been an author and principle investigator (PI) or co-PI on several federally funded grants. Most recently, he served as co-PI on a grant project to develop an after school digital media production program for at-risk youth. Dr. Burton’s research and content expertise informs his teaching and doctoral advising activities at Virginia Tech.


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