David Holder has a Ph.D. in Educational Computers from the University of North
Texas where he also received his M.Ed. in Secondary Education. Dr. Holder also graduated
from Liberty University in 1994 with a B.S. in History. He has served as an Instructor in
the College of Education at the University of North Texas teaching in the Department of
Learning Technologies. He is currently at Liberty University in the School of Education
Teacher Education program as the Secondary Education Coordinator. 

After graduating from Liberty University Dr. Holder began teaching Middle School and High
School Social Studies, and even the odd English course while working toward his Master’s
Degree in Education. After a four year stint as an Instructor at the University of North
Texas David took a job as the Director of Technology for Aubrey ISD, a public school
district in North Texas. 

Dr. Holder is married to Christine and has two daughters, Sarah and Elizabeth who are
seven and nine respectively. They have recently moved to the Lynchburg area where they
are fascinated by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the natural beauty of Central Virginia.
They are excited and overjoyed at being a part of Liberty University’s School of

While at Liberty Dr. Holder is researching the importance of virtual communities in the
learning experience. His research interest include online learning environments, the
relation of visual media on schema construction and working memory, and the role of
electronic agents in learning. 



Improving Interaction with Doctoral Candidates’ During the Dissertation Process. (with Amanda J. Rockinson-Szapkiw and Randall Dunn), Counsel for Higher Education Pedagogy (2011)

Virtual Worlds and Student Teaching Communities: Envisioning learning communities in virtual environments for distributed student teaching. (with Randall S. Dunn and Debra B. Hodgson), The Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (2009)

Recent technological advances have afforded great opportunities for educators to meet the increasing demands of...




Motivating Students to Learn: Is There a Difference between Traditional Books and e-Books? (with Amanda J. Rockinson-Szapkiw and Randall Dunn), In Proceedings of Global Learn Asia Pacific 2011 ( (2011)

Electronic books have been identified as a current trend in education and are being increasingly...



Using Open Source Technologies to Increase Teacher Immediacy and Presence (with Amanda J. Rockinson-Szapkiw and Randall Dunn), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (2011)

Attrition rates in distance education teacher education programs is a concern for university administrators and...



Audio-visual Student Created Wiki Textbooks (with Amanda J. Rockinson-Szapkiw and Randall Dunn), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2010 (2010)

This tech-savvy generation of students, known as digital natives, desires to learn and to interact...



Of Student Teachers and Avatars: Working Towards an Effective Model for Geographically Distributed Learning Communities of Pre-Service Educators Using Virtual Worlds. (with Randall Dunn, Amanda J. Rockinson-Szapkiw, and Deborah Hodgson), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (2010)

With greater distribution of learning communities through the expanding use of online and distance learning,...



Overcoming Challenges in Learning Communities and Second Life (with Amanda J. Rockinson-Szapkiw and Randall Dunn), ISTE (2010)

The educational scholarly community has identified Second Life (and virtual worlds in general) as harboring...




Heard but Not Seen: Instructor-Led Video and its Effect on Learning, Faculty Dissertations (2008)

Educators and instructional designers are seeking ways to increase levels of learning. One of the...