I was born in Johannesburg where I did all my schooling up to and including an undergraduate degree (in Statistics). My undergraduate time was checkered, taking twice as long as usual, mainly due to participation in a variety of sports (cricket, rugby, and field hockey) and involvement in the anti-apartheid movement. In 1970, I went to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where I received a PhD in Educational Psychology, with an emphasis on how computers can facilitate teaching and learning. From 1976, I have either been a professor or a consultant. I’ve co-authored three editions of a widely used book, Multimedia for Learning: Methods and Development (Allyn and Bacon).
Before retiring in 2003, I was as Director of Learning Strategies at Capella University – which delivers it education entirely through the World Wide Web. When I joined, Capella had about 50 learners. When I left seven years later, it had over 8,000. Today it is about 18,000.
I hold a variety of pilot’s licenses and have a strong interest in aviation safety. I lecture frequently on the topic; have co-authored one book on the subject published by Jeppesen Sandersen (Human Factors for General Aviation); and was principal author on another three for Transportation Canada that were published without attribution. I am still an active small-plane pilot and am currently learning to paraglide.
In my leisure, I golf, bike, and hike. On dark and stormy nights
I play with my collection of stamps from German South West Africa/South