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Dr Timothy J Ellis

Research Interests

Advanced Learning Technologies, with emphasis on:

  • Multimedia instructional design
  • eLearning & mLearning
  • Computer supported collaborative learning

Knowledge management, with emphasis on:

  • Foundations of knowledge and KM
  • Knowledge conversion
  • Knowledge transfer


Peer-Reviewed Articles
Lichvar, B., Levy, Y., and Ellis, T. (2012) Knowledge as an intellectual property: The effect of knowledge sharing and encouragement by others on information systems use in the workplace (July 29, 2012). AMCIS 2012 Proceedings. Paper 16. http://aisel.aisnet.org/amcis2012/proceedings/EndUserIS/16

Ellis, T.J. & Levy, Y (2012). Data Sources for Scholarly Research: Towards a Guide for Novice Researchers. Proceedings of Informing Science & IT Education Conference (InSITE) 2012, Jun 22 - 27, 2012, Montreal, Canada.

Mason, R.T. & Ellis, T.J. (2012). A Research Study for the Development of a SOA Middleware Prototype that used Web Services to Bridge the LMS to LOR Data Movement Interoperability Gap for Education. Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology (IISIT), Volume 9, pages 351-360.

Levy, Y. & Ellis, T.J. (2011). A Guide for Novice Researchers on Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Studies in Information Systems Research. The Interdisciplinary Journal of Information, Knowledge, and Management, Volume 6, pages 151-161. 

Dringus, L.P. & Ellis, T. (2010). Temporal transitions in participation flow in an asynchronous discussion forum. Computers & Education, 54(2), pp 340-349. 

Ellis, T.J. & Cohen, M.S. (2009). Forums and wikis and blogs, oh my: Building a foundation for social computing in education. Proceedings: Frontiers in Education Conference, 2009, San Antonio, TX (pp M1G1 - M1G2). 

Ellis, T.J. & Dringus, L.P. (2009). A study of time limit structures on participation flow in an asynchronous discussion forum. Proceedings: Frontiers in Education Conference, 2009, San Antonio, TX (ppT3J1 - T3J5). 

Ellis, T.J. & Levy, Y. (2009). Towards a guide for novice researchers on research methodology: Review and proposed method, Journal of Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology (IISIT), Volume 6, pp 323-337. 

Mason, R.T. & Ellis, T.J. (2009). Extending SCORM LOM Journal of Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology (IISIT), Volume 6, pp 863-875. 

Ralph, L. L. & Ellis, T.J. (2009). An investigation of a knowledge management solution for the improvement of reference services. Journal of Information, Information Technology, and Organizations Volume 4, pp 17-38. 

King, K. & Ellist, T.J. (2009). Comparison of social presence in voice-based and text-based asynchronous computer conferences. Proceedings of the 42nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Piscataway, NJ: IEEE. 

Cohen, M.S. & Ellis, T.J. (2008). The asynchronous learning network (ALN) as a gender-neutral communication environment. Proceedings: Frontiers in Education Conference, 2008, Saratoga Springs, NY (pp. F4B7 – F4B11. Piscataway, NJ: IEEE.

Ellist, T.J. & Hafner, W. (2008). Building a framework to support project-based collaborative learning experiences in an asynchronous learning network. Interdisciplinary Journal of E-Learning and Learning Objects Volume 4, pp. 167-190.

Ellis, T.J. & Levy, Y. (2008). Framework of problem-based research, Informing Science: the International Journal of an Emerging Transdiscipline, Volume 11, pp. 17-33.

Cohen, M.S. & Ellis, T.J. (2007). Making the technology-intensive class gender-neutral. Proceedings: Frontiers in Education Conference, 2007, Milwaukee (pp. F1G1 – F1G6). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE.

Ellis, T. J. and Hafner, W. (2007). Control Structure in Project-Based Asynchronous Collaborative Learning. Proceedings of the 40th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Piscataway, NJ: IEEE.

Ellis, T.J. & Hafner, W. (2007). Assessing collaborative, project-based learning experiences: Drawing from three data sources. Proceedings: Frontiers in Education Conference, 2007, Milwaukee (pp. T2G13 – T2G17). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE.

Cohen, M.S. & Ellis, T.J. (2006). Defining the requirements for the next generation asynchronous computer mediated communications system for use in online education: a faculty perspective. Proceedings: Frontiers in Education Conference, 2006, San Diego (pp. S1J7 – S1J11). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE.

Ellis, T.J. & Hafner, W. (2006). ACLE: A communication environment for asynchronous collaborative learning. Proceedings of the 37th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Piscataway, NJ: IEEE.

Levy, Y. & Ellis, T.J. (2006). Towards a framework of literature review process in support of information systems research. Proceedings of the 2006 Informing Science and IT Education Joint Conference. Publications of the Informing Science Institute, June 2006, pp 171-181.

Levy, Y. & Ellis, T.J. (2006). A Systems Approach to Conduct an Effective Literature Review in Support of Information Systems Research. Informing Science Journal, Volume 9, pp 181-212.

Dringus, L.P. & Ellis, T.J. (2005). Using data mining as a strategy for assessing asynchronous discussion forums. Computers & Education, 45(1), 141-160 .

Ellis, T.J. & Dringus, L.P. (2005). Evaluating threaded discussion forum activity: Faculty and student perspectives on categories of activity. Proceedings: Frontiers in Education Conference, 2005, Indianapolis (pp. T2H24 –T2H29). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE.

Ellis, T.J. & Cohen, M.S. (2005). Building the better asynchronous computer mediated communication system for use in distributed education. Proceedings: Frontiers in Education Conference, 2005, Indianapolis (pp. T3E15 – T3E20). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE.

Ellis, T. J. and Hafner, W. (2005). Peer Evaluations of Collaborative Learning Experiences Conveyed Through an Asynchronous Learning Network. Conference proceedings paper and presentation at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-38). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE.

Hafner, W. & Ellis, T.J. (2005). Authenticating authorship of student work: Beyond plagiarism detection. Proceedings: Frontiers in Education Conference, 2005, Indianapolis (pp. F1H25 – F1H26). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE.

Cohen, M. & Ellis, T.J. (2004). Developing criteria for an online learning environment: From the student and faculty perspectives. Journal of Engineering Education. 93(2), 2004, 161-167.

Cohen, M.S. & Ellis, T.J. (2004). Validating a criteria set for an online learning environment. Proceedings: Frontiers in Education Conference, 2004, Savannah (pp. F1D1 – F1D5). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE.

Dringus, L.P. & Ellis, T.J. (2004). Building the scaffold for evaluating threaded discussion forum activity: describing and categorizing contributions. Proceedings: Frontiers in Education Conference, 2004, Savannah (pp. T2C7 – T2C12). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE.

Ellis, T.J. (2004). Animating to build higher cognitive understanding: A model for studying multimedia effectiveness in education. Journal of Engineering Education, 93(1), 59-64.

Ellis, T. J., Hafner, W. & Mitropoulos, F (2004). eCAD: A Knowledge-Based Course Engineering System. Proceedings of the 37th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Piscataway, NJ: IEEE.

Ellis, T.J., Hafner, W. & Mitropoulos, F. (2004). Automating instructional design with eCAD, Proceedings: Frontiers in Education Conference, 2004, Savannah (pp. T1H4 – T1H6). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE.

Hafner, W. & Ellis, T. J., (2004). Project-Based, Asynchronous Collaborative Learning. Proceedings of the 37th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Piscataway, NJ: IEEE.

Hafner, W. & Ellis, T.J. (2004). Asynchronous collaborative learning using project-based assignments. Proceedings: Frontiers in Education Conference, 2004, Savannah (pp. F2F6 – F2F10). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE.

Cohen, M.S. & Ellis, T.J. (2003). Predictors of success: A longitudinal study of threaded discussion forums. Proceedings: Frontiers in Education Conference, 2003 Boulder (pp. T3F-14 – T3F-18). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE.

Ellis, T.J. (2003). Completing the cycle: Meaningful course evaluations. Proceedings: Frontiers in Education Conference, 2003 Boulder (pp. T4B-2 – T4B-7). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE.

Ellis, T.J., Cohen, M.S., Mitropoulos, F., & Hafner, W. (2003). Teaching technology in an online, distance education environment. Selected Papers from the Fourteenth International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. Jacksonville, FL: Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, Florida Community College at Jacksonville.

Ellis, T.J. & Hafner, W. (2003). Engineering and online course: Applying the 'secrets' of computer programming to course development. British Journal of Educational Technology, 34(5), pp. 639-650.

Cohen, M.S. & Ellis, T.J.(2002). Developing a criteria set for an online learning environment. Proceedings: Frontiers in Education Conference, 2002 Boston (pp. T3E-8 – T3E-13). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE.

Cohen, M.S. & Ellis, T.J.(2001). Teaching technology in an online, distance education environment. Proceedings: Frontiers in Education Conference, 2001 Reno (pp. T1F-1 – T1F-6). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE.

Ellis, T.J. & Cohen, M.S. (2001). Enhancing Distance Learning With Multimedia: A Win-Win? Selected Papers from the Twelfth International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. Jacksonville, FL: Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, Florida Community College at Jacksonville.

Ellis, T.J. (2001). Animating to improve learning: A model for studying multimedia effectiveness. Proceedings: Frontiers in Education Conference, 2001 Reno (pp. F2G-1 – F2G-5). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE.

Ellis, T.J. & Cohen, M.S. (2001) Integrating multimedia into a distance learning environment: Is the game worth the candle? British Journal of Educational Technology, 32(4), pp. 497-500.

Ellis, T.J. (2001) Multimedia enhanced educational products as a tool to promote critical thinking in adult students. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 10(2), pp. 107-123.

Ellis, T.J. (1999). Translating a college course for delivery over the World Wide Web. Journal of Instruction Delivery Systems, 13(3), pp. 14-18.

Ellis, T.J. (1999). The adult student in an Internet-based online learning environment. The Catalyst, 28(3), pp. 13-18.

Conference Presentations and Workshops

Ellis, T.J. (2011). Work in progress: The impact of time on building community in an ALN, Frontiers in Education, October 12 - 15, 2011, Rapid City, SD.

Ellis, T.J. & Levy, Y. (2010). A guide for novice researchers: Design and development research methods. Proceedings of Informing Science & IT Education Conference (InSITE 2010). University of Cassino, Cassino, Italy, June 19-24, 2010.

Ellis, T.J. & Cohen, M.S. (2009). Forums and wikis and blogs, oh my: Building a foundation in social computing in education. Frontiers in Education, October 18-21, 2009, San Antonio, TX.

Ellis, T.J. & Dringus, L.P. (2009). A study of time limit structures on participation flow in an asynchronous discussion forum. Frontiers in Education, October 18-21, 2009, San Antonio, TX.

Ellis, T.J. & Hafner, W. (2009). Information Policy in Academia: What the College Professor Needs to Know About Security, Privacy and Fair Use. Tutorial presented at the 42nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Hilton Waikoloa Village, Waikoloa, Hawaii. January 5-8, 2009.

Cohen, M.S. & Ellis, T.J. (2008). The asynchronous learning network (ALN) as a gender-neutral communication environment. Frontiers in Education Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY, October 22-25, 2008.

Ellis, T.J. and Hafner, W. (2008). Building a framework to support project-based collaborative learning experiences in an asynchronous learning network. Informing Science + Information Technology Education Joint Converence (InSITE) 2008. The "Frederick Joliot-Curie" International Home of Scientists, Varna, Bulgaria. June 22-25, 2008.

Ellis, T.J. and Levy, Y. (2008). Towards a framework of problem-based research: A guide for novice researchers. Informing Science + Information Technology Education Joint Converence (InSITE) 2008. The "Frederick Joliot-Curie" International Home of Scientists, Varna, Bulgaria. June 22-25, 2008.

Ellis, T. J. and Hafner, W. (2007). Control Structure in Project-Based Asynchronous Collaborative Learning. The 40th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Hilton Waikoloa Village, Waikoloa, Hawaii. January 3-6, 2007.

Ellis, T.J. & Hafner, W. (2007). Incorporating project based collaborative learning experiences in asynchronous learning networks. Presentation for 18th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, April 10 - 12, Ponte Verde, FL.

Hafner, W. and Ellis, T. J. (2007). Privacy and Information Technology. Workshop presented at Hawaii International Conference On System Sciences (HICSS-40). Hilton Waikoloa Village, Waikoloa, Hawaii. January 3-6, 2007.

Hafner, W. & Ellis, T.J. (2007). Privacy and educational information systems. Presentation for 18th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, April 10 - 12, Ponte Verde, FL.

Cohen, M.S. & Ellis, T.J. (2006). Building the better asynchronous computer mediated communication system. Presentation for 17th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, April 11 - 14, Ponte Verde, FL.

Cohen, M.S. & Ellis, T.J. (2006). Defining the requirements for the next generation asynchronous computer mediated communications system for use in online education: a faculty perspective. Frontiers in Education Conference, 2006, San Diego.

Dringus, L. & Ellis, T.J. (2006). An overview of SCAFFOLD: Developing a usable instrument to describe discussion forum activity. The 12th Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning. Orlando, FL, November 9 - 10, 2006.

Ellis, T.J. & Hafner, W. (2006). ACLE: A communication environment for asynchronous collaborative learning. The 39th Hawaii International Converence on Systems Sciences. Liheu, Hawaii, January 4-7, 2006.

Ellis, T.J. & Hafner, W. (2006). Peer evaluations of collaborative learning experiences conveyed through an asynchronous learning network. Presentation for 17th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, April 11 - 14, Ponte Verde, FL.

Levy, Y. & Ellis, T.J. (2006). Towards a framework of literature review process in support of information systems research. Informing Science and IT Education Joint Conference, June 26-28, 2006, Manchester, UK.

Cohen, M.S. & Ellis, T.J. (2005). Quality indicators in the online learning environment. Presentation for 16th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, March 29 - April 2, Jacksonville, FL.

Ellis, T.J. & Cohen, M.S. (2005). Building the better asynchronous computer mediated communication system for use in distributed education. Proceedings: Frontiers in Education Conference, 2005, Indianapolis (pp. T3E15 – T3E20). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE.

Ellis, T.J. & Dringus, L.P. (2005). Evaluating threaded discussion forum activity: Faculty and student perspectives on categories of activity. Proceedings: Frontiers in Education Conference, 2005, Indianapolis (pp. T2H24 –T2H29). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE.

Ellis, T.J. & Hafner, W. (2005). Building project-based, asynchronous collaborative learning exercises. Presentation for 16th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, March 29 - April 2, Jacksonville, FL.

Ellis, T. J. and Hafner, W. (2005). Peer Evaluations of Collaborative Learning Experiences Conveyed Through an Asynchronous Learning Network. Conference proceedings paper and presentation at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-38). January 3-6, 2005. Big Island, Hawaii.

Hafner, W. & Ellis, T.J. (2005). Authenticating authorship of student work: Beyond plagiarism detection. Proceedings: Frontiers in Education Conference, 2005, Indianapolis (pp. F1H25 – F1H26). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE.

Invited presenter at the HICSS-38, Advances in Technology Supported Learning Tutorial, Monday, January 3, 2004, Big Island, Hawaii. Presentation: Evaluating online courses enable experienced-based decisions regarding the value of various educational techniques and technologies in attaining learning outcomes.

Cohen, M., & Ellis, T. J. (2004). Evaluating the impact of discussion forums in web-based courses. Society for Applied Learning Technology (SALT) New Learning Technologies 2004. February 18-20, Orlando, FL.

Cohen, M. & Ellis, T. J. (2004). Threaded discussion forums and their impact in online education: An empirical study. 15th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. March 29 – April 2, Jacksonville, FL.

Ellis, T. J., Hafner, W. & Mitropoulos, F (2004). eCAD: A Knowledge-Based Course Engineering System. Proceedings of the 37th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Waikoloa, Hawaii. January 5-8, 2004.

Ellis, T. J., Hafner, W. , & Mitropoulos, F. (2004). Knowledge-based course engineering: eCAD. 15th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. March 29 – April 2, Jacksonville , FL.

Hafner, W. & Ellis, T. J., (2004). Project-Based, Asynchronous Collaborative Learning. Proceedings of the 37th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Waikoloa, Hawaii. January 5-8, 2004.

Ellis, T.J., Cohen, M.S., Mitropoulos, F., & Hafner, W. (2003). Teaching technology in an online, distance education environment. Selected Papers from the Fourteenth International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. Jacksonville, FL: Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, Florida Community College at Jacksonville.

Ellis, T.J. & Hafner, W. (2002). The online course development lifecycle. Florida Distance Learning Association Conference: Learning at a Distance in the 21st Century, Fort Lauderdale, FL, December 13 - 14.

Ellis, T.J. & Hafner, W. (2002, November). Applying software engineering principles to course development. Workshop conducted at the Frontiers in Education Conference, Boston, MA.

Ellis, T.J. & Hafner, W. (2002, November). Building a collaborative environment in an asynchronous, online course. Computers on Campus National Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC. November 10 - 13.

Cohen, M.S. & Ellis, T.J. (2001). Modeling Multimedia In A Distance Environment. Presentation for SALT 2001 conference, July 24-26, Arlington, VA.

Cohen, M., Dringus, L., and Ellis, T. Sustaining interactivity in asynchronous learning environments . 7th Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning: Emerging Standards of Excellence in Asynchronous Learning Networks. Orlando, FL. November 16-18, 2001.

Ellis, T.J. & Cohen, M.S. (2001). Enhancing Distance Learning With Multimedia: A Win-Win? Selected Papers from the Twelfth International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. Jacksonville, FL: Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, Florida Community College at Jacksonville.

Ellis, T. J. & Hafner, W. The online course development lifecycle. Computers on Campus National Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC. November 11 - 14, 2001.

Abramson, G, Cohen, M., Ellis, T., Twomey, C., & Pratt, M. (2000). Teaching and Learning in an Anytime/Anyplace Classroom. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education: Proceedings of SITE 2000, (pp. 171-172). Charlottesville, VA: AACE

Abramson, G. & Ellis, T. (2000). Defining a distant environment for teacher education. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education: Proceedings of SITE 2000, (pp. 16-21). Charlottesville, VA: AACE.

Other Publications

Ellis, T. (1998). Computer-Supported, Time- and Place-Independent Distance Education for Adult Learners. UMI ProQuest Digital Dissertations, AAT 9929357.

Ellis, T.J. (2000). Review of Distance Learning Technologies: Issues, Trends and Opportunities. The Internet and Higher Education, 2(2,3).

Ellis, T.J. (2003). Review of Writing Hypertext and Learning: Conceptual and Empirical Approaches. The Internet and Higher Education, 6(2003), pp. 205-206.