Brenda C. Litchfield, Ph.D.
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Mobile, AL 36688-0002
Brenda C. Litchfield, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Professional Studies
Motivation, Self-regulated Learning, Online Instruction and Environmental Education

Education
A.A., Mauna Olu Junior College, Paia, Maui, Hawaii, 1970
B.A., Elementary Education, University of Florida, 1972
M.S., Science Education, University of North Florida, 1980
Ph.D., Instructional Systems, Florida State University, 1987
Teaching Philosophy

To be effective, teaching must be interactive and involve students. They must have responsibility for learning and be partners in the process. Collaborative learning is essential in building relationships and allowing students to see a variety of perspectives while developing tolerance and empathy for others. Well-designed instruction must take into consideration where students are in their intellectual development as well as their prior experiences and knowledge. The final goals in learning must be retention and transfer and applicability to the real world.

Research 
Dr. Litchfield's research interests and topics of students' dissertations focus on learning and instruction. Her main areas are motivation of students in learning situations, and metacognition strategies for learning more effectively. In addition, she has researched building self-regulated learning skills through practice and instructor guidance. Dr. Litchfield has also done work in teacher training, environmental education, and a variety of instructional strategies form K-12 and adult learners.
Outreach
Dr. Litchfield works with local schools systems in the area to develop a variety of instruction for K-12 students. She also works with business and industry in the areas of learning and training development. She serves on the board of several organizations. She is active in environmental organizations.
Biography

Brenda C. Litchfield is a Professor in the Instructional Design and Development program at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Litchfield is currently the Interim Director of the Innovation in Learning Center and USAonline. Dr. Litchfield teaches project coordination, instructional learning theories, and design and development of online courses at the graduate level. She received her BS in Elementary Education from the University of Florida, her MS in Science Education from the University of North Florida, and her Ph.D. in Instructional Systems from Florida State University. She has been teaching fully online courses since 1998. She has graduated 25 doctoral students. She was awarded two Fulbright appointed both to China where she taught graduate courses in educational psychology and worked with faculty at the University of Macau and Xi’an International University. Dr. Litchfield has directed the development of a $4.2 million interactive science curriculum for the National Science Foundation and Houghton Mifflin Publishers. She has also directed curriculum development projects for the EPA, US Fish and Wildlife, Legacy, and the Alabama Wildlife Federation. Dr. Litchfield has also served as Instructional Design and Development Program Coordinator and as Department Chair of Professional Studies. Her areas of interest and research include teacher training, motivation, environmental education, and self-regulated learning. Dr. Litchfield has been teaching online courses since 1998 and frequently conducts workshops on the pedagogy of online and in-class instruction.

 

Courses

ISD 622 – Advanced Instructional Design

ISD 642 - Project Coordination

ISD 651 - Learning Theory and Technology

ISD 653 – Developing Online Instruction

ISD 656 - Design and Development of Training Courseware

IDE 711 – Research Seminar II