Engineering Technology

Richard Thurman

Richard Thurman, Professor of Instructional Design and Technology

Knoblauch Hall B37

Research and Teaching Interests

Educational Computing, Instructional Multimedia, Instructional Simulation, Distributed Training, Web-Based Training, Cognition and Instruction, Virtual Environment-Based Instruction


Ph.D. - Instructional Science - Brigham Young University
Emphasis: computers in Education
Dissertation title: The Effect of Temporal Position of Reviews on Retention of a Paired-Associate Task.
Committee: R. Sudweeks, P. Merrill, R. Osguthorpe

B.S. - Psychology - Brigham Young University


In K. M. Stanney (Ed.), Handbook of Virtual Environments (pp 857-872). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Thurman, R. A., & Russo, T. (2000). Using virtual reality for training. In H. F. O'Niel & D. H. Andrews (Eds.), Aircrew Training: Methods, Technologies, and Assessments (pp 85-104). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Andrews, D. H., & Thurman, R. A. (2000). An instructional systems development primer: Definitions, models, and utility guidelines. In H. F. O'Niel & D. H. Andrews (Eds.), Aircrew Training: Methods, Technologies. and Assessments (pp 37-52). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Oneil, H. F., Mayer, R. E., Herl, C. N., Olin, K. & Thurman, R. A. (2000). Instructional Strategies for virtual aviation training environments. In H. F. O'Niel & D. H. Andrews (Eds.), Aircrew Training: Methods. Technologies, and Assessments (pp 105-130). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Thurman, R., & Mowafy, L. (2000, April). Using Virtual Realitv Displavs for Pilot Instruction. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Consortium for Instruction and Cognition, Orlando Fl.

Thurman, R., & Dunlap, R. (1999, November). Assessing the effectiveness of simulator-based training. Paper presented at the Interservice/Industry Training Simulation and Education Conference, Orlando FL.


Thurman, A., & Harris, B. (2010). Curriculum alignment in an online master’s degree program in instructional design and technology. International Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Anaheim, CA.

Subjects Taught

  • IDT 200 Introduction to Instructional Technology
  • IDT 205 Computing for Instructional Trainers
  • IDT 230 Introduction to Interactive Applications
  • IDT 455 Instructional Simulations and Gaming
  • IDT 460 Instructional Virtual Reality Design
  • IDT 505 Foundations of Instructional Technology
  • IDT 561 Instructional Simulations and Gaming