Terence C. Ahern, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Instructional Design and Technology
Department of Learning Sciences and Human Development

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Contact Information

Office: 504J Allen Hall
Phone: 304-293-3804
E-mail: terence.ahern@mail.wvu.edu


Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 1991
Major: Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Systems Design

M.A., San Francisco State University, 1983
Major: Education

M.A., The University of Chicago, 1981
Major: Humanities

M.A., The Graduate Theological Union, 1978
Major: Biblical Studies

B.A., The University of California, Santa Cruz, 1974
Major: Religious Studies


  • TE 611 Computer Mediated Communication
  • TE 750 Web-Based Instructional Design
  • IDT 693 – O Instructional Systems Design
  • IDT 600 Developing online instructional materials
  • IDT 693 A blog and A wiki


Refereed publications

Ahern, T. C., & Dowling, A. (2013). Games, models and simulations in the classroom: Designing epistemic activities. In Y. Baek & N. Whitton (Eds.), Cases on digital game-based learning; Methods, models and strategies (Vol. 1, pp. 384-400). New York: IGI.

Casenada, D., Ahern, T.C., & Diaz, S. (2011) Teaching and Learning the Spanish Aspect Using Blogs and Wiki’s: An exploratory study. IALLT Journal of Language Learning Technologies

Publications in process

Ahern, T.C., Dowling, A., & Hatcher, E. Using serious games in the classroom from three different perspectives. In Digital Learning Experiences In Teacher Education: Games & Simulations. National Technology Leadership in Teacher Education Handbook Series

Reports, Manuals and Proposals

Warash, B., Curtis, R., & Ahern, T. C. (2011) Quality Rating and and improvement for West Virginia Child Care. West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. Charleston, WV.


Ahern, T. & Dowling, A. (2012). Games, game play and the Magic Circle:Integrating games into the middle school classroom. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2012 (pp. 2444-2448). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/39948.

Dowling, A. & Ahern, T. (2012). The Use of Student Mentors in an Eco- simulation for Whole Class Instruction. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2012 (pp. 2515-2518). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/39961.

Hando, A. & Ahern, T. (2012). Hofstede’s Model of Cultural Dimensions: A Tool for Understanding How Background Culture Affects Instructional Designers. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2012 (pp. 1162-1170). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/39736.

Ahern, T. & Dowling, A. (2011). Games, models and simulations: A case study in design and delivery. In M. Koehler & P. Mishra (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference
2011 (pp. 2013-2018). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/36599

Curtis R., Adu, P., & Ahern, T. C. (April 2011) STARS in Graduate Statistics and Research Methods: Implications for Instructional Practice. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting


  • Ahern, T. C. (2010-current). SAKiTA. Sexual Assault Kit Tracking Application.
  • Ahern, T. C. (2008-Current) Skipper. Online Survey Tool.
  • Ahern, T.C. (2004-Current). RedPencil: Online markup system for online courses.
  • Ahern, T.C. (2002-2004) Curator: Learning Construction Matrix
  • Ahern, T.C. (2002-2004) Mentor: The online course editor. An open systems course editor for reusable objects
  • Ahern, T. C. (1989-current) IdeaWeb: The online seminar
  • Ahern, T. C., Spears, J., & Burleson, K. Physics Teachers Network
  • Ahern, T. C. (1989). The Powers of Ten. A multi-media introduction to the Powers of Ten.
  • Ahern, T. C. (1989). BookWorm. A bibliographic reference tool that can be used as a computer conferencing system.
  • Ahern, T. C. (1989). Introduction to Microcomputers for Educators: Module 1. A HyperCard Stack that introduces teachers to the basic concepts.


  • Charter Member, Teaching Academy Texas Tech University
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • Association for the Development of Computer-based Instructional Systems
  • The International Society for Technology in Education


  • Summer Fellowship: CSU Faculty, Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Award.
  • 1998. Nominated for Bernie J. Rushing Research Award, College of Education. Texas Tech. University.
  • 1995. Texas Tech Ex-Student Association New Faculty Award.
  • 1993. Outstanding Paper award presented at the meeting of the Southwest Administrative Services Association, New Orleans.

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