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Sara McNeil

Research

I am interested in mental model change and development, place-based education, a framework for Web 2.0 tools and understanding student motivation and engagement in online discussion.

Sample of my Publications:

  • Robin, B., McNeil, S., Cook, D., Agarwal, K., & Singhal, G. (April, 2011). Preparing for the changing role of instructional technologies in medical education. Academic Medicine, 86(4).
  • McNeil, S. (2009). Designing Constructivist Teaching and Learning Environments for Visual Learning. In I. Gibson et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2009 (pp. 658-663). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
  • McNeil, S., White, C., Angela, M. & Behling, D. (2009). Emerging Web 2.0 Technologies to Enhance Teaching and Learning in American History Classrooms. In I. Gibson et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2009 (pp. 2600-2602). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
  • White, C., McNeil, S., Burke, V., Liss, N., & McCormack, S. (2004). PATH (Project for the Active Teaching of History): A history education community partnership. Journal of College Teaching & Learning. Western Academic Press.
  • McNeil, S., & Chernish, W. (2001). Collaborative approach to multimedia courseware design and development. In G. Williams, W. Chernish, & B. McKercher (Eds.) The Internet and Travel and Tourism Education (pp.107-123). New York: The Haworth Press.
  • Pierson, M. E., & McNeil, S. (2000). Preservice technology integration through collaborative action communities. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 1(1).
  • McNeil, S., Robin, B., & Miller, R. (2000). Facilitating interaction, communication, and collaboration in online courses. Computers and the Geosciences, 26 (6), 699-708.
  • Robin, B. & McNeil, S. (1997). Creating a course-based web site in a university environment. Computers & Geosciences, 23 (5),563-572.
  • Robin, B. & McNeil, S. (1996). Archive.edu: A storehouse of classroom resources on the Web. Computers and the Social Studies, 5 (4).

Recent Presentations:

  • Robin, B., & McNeil, S. (February 2010). Preparing for the changing role of instructional technologies in medical education. “A 2020 Vision of Faculty Education Development across the Medical School Continuum” conference, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
  • McNeil, S., White, C., Marsh, S., & Miller, A. (February, 2010). Integrating “new” technologies in teacher education. Association of Teacher Educators Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois. (2-hour professional clinic)
  • Marsh, S., White, C., Mulholland, A., & McNeil, S. (February, 2010). Beyond the basics: Improving collaboration in teacher education. Association of Teacher Educators Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois.
  • McNeil, S. (March 2010). The design of an information structure for documents in digital collections to meet current needs as well as future expansion. Best Practices in Digital Humanities. Workshop for the Rachel Carson Center, and Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany.
  • Robin, B., & McNeil, S. (March-April, 2010). Everything you always wanted to know about digital storytelling. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, San Diego, California. (7-hour workshop)
  • McNeil, S. (April 2010). Developing a dynamite presentation: Large group teaching at its best. Southwestern and Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Houston, Texas.
  • McNeil, S. (April-May, 2010). Discussant and chair for multiple papers for Technology, Instruction, Cognition and Learning SIG sessions. American Education Research Association Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado.
  • McNeil, S. (2009). Designing Constructivist Teaching and Learning Environments for Visual Learning. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Charleston, South Carolina.
  • McNeil, S., White, C., Angela, M. & Behling, D. (2009). Emerging Web 2.0 Technologies to Enhance Teaching and Learning in American History Classrooms. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Patnaude, K., & McNeil, S. (April, 2009). “Faculty Perceptions Regarding the Extent to Which the Online Course Environment Affects Academic Honesty.” American Education Research Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, California.
  • McNeil, S., White, C., & Miller, A. (March, 2008)Professional Development Practices Grounded in a Three Dimensional Model for Place-Based Education Society for Technology and Teacher Education International Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Gray, M., & McNeil, S. (March, 2008) Creating Connections: Writing, American History, and Media-Rich Technology.American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY.
  • White, C., Miller, A., & McNeil, S. (March, 2008) History "Really" Alive! A Unique School-University Collaboration.American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY.
  • McNeil, S., White, C., & Miller, A. (March, 2008) Teaching History in Informal Learning Environments: Using a Place-Based Education and Situated Cognition Model. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY.
  • White, C., McNeil, S., & Miller, A. (November, 2008). “Powerful Early American History: Using Digital Stories and Other New Technologies in Social Studies” National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference, Houston, Texas.
  • McNeil, S., White, C., & Miller, A. (March, 2007). Enriching Teachers’ Knowledge and Interest in American History through Onsite Study Experiences Supported by a Variety of Technology Tools. Society for Technology and Teacher Education International Conference, San Antonio, Texas.
  • McNeil, S., & Warner, A. (April 3-5, 2007). Instructional Design Professionals Workshop. City of Houston Employees at the E.B. Cape Center. Houston, Texas.
  • McNeil, S. (April, 2007). “The Effects of Learning and Using an Authoring System on the Problem-Solving Skills and Strategies of Adult Learners.” Technology, Instruction, Cognition and Learning Symposium at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois. (invited presentation at a symposium)
  • McNeil, S. (April, 2007).Students' Perceptions of Change in an Online Instructional Design Course. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois.
    White, C., McNeil, S., & Miller, A. (October, 2007). “Recruiting and Retaining In-Need Teachers.” Teaching American History Grant Directors’ Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • White, C., McNeil, S., & Miller, A. (December, 2007). “Powerful Early American History: Using Digital Stories and Other New Technologies in Social Studies” National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference, San Diego, California.
  • Robin, R., & McNeil, S. “Digital Storytelling as a Teaching and Learning Tool for Educators and their Students,” Invited workshop at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Annual Conference, March, 2006.
  • White, C., McNeil, S., & Miller, A. (March, 2006). “Making the STORY in History Meaningful: Historical Perspectives in the Americas.” The Americas in World History, National Council for History Education National Conference, Austin, Texas.
  • McNeil, S., & Ganesh, T. (April, 2006). “Visualizing Mental Models: Understanding Cognitive Change to Support Teaching and Learning of Multimedia Design and Development,” Technology, Instruction, Cognition and Learning Symposium at the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, California. (invited presentation at a symposium)
  • White, C., Miller, A., Williams, D., & McNeil, S. (April, 2006). “Comparing Two Teaching American History Projects.” American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, California.
  • McNeil, S. (July, 2006). “Teachers Discovering History As Historians” Teaching American History grant project presentation, Jamestown, NY.
  • White, C., Williams, D., McNeil, S., & McCormick, S. (December, 2006) “Doing Social Education with Technology: Making Meaningful Connections II,” National Council for the Social Studies National Conference, Washington, DC. (invited to present)