Patricia Boechler

Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept


Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept
(780) 492-7273
5-147 Education Centre - North
8730 - 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5



Dr. Patricia Boechler's general research interests include cognition, memory, learning and developmental psychology. More specifically, her research focuses on the study of cognition and learning in educational technology, particularly in investigating cognitive and educational frameworks that can inform our use of these technologies. Dr. Boechler is interested in understanding how various technologies (websites, video games, virtual reality applications, learning management systems) can be optimized for educational purposes. Below is a list of her current and ongoing projects:

  • Virtual World, Game-based Social Skills Interventions for Adolescents with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Virtual world student orientation to post-secondary education
  • Implicit learning of information in educational websites and virtual worlds and its relation to cognitive styles, literacy and spatial skills
  • A series of studies on older adults and computer use focusing on correlations between various cognitive skills and perceptual abilities, and performance on computer tasks.
  • Video game use and its effects on attributions of aggression and cognitive reasoning.
  • Using video game creation in the classroom for teaching and learning


EDIT 488 - Online Teaching and Learning

This course addresses the theory and practice of teaching and learning in blended and fully online learning environments in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. This course will cover topics such as pedagogical frameworks, instructional design, virtual learning communities, and technologies to support online teaching, and approaches to online assessment. It will investigate how to deal with changing technological environments that mediate the delivery of instruction. This course is taught in an online delivery format. Prerequisites: EDU 210 or equivalent.

Winter Term 2022
EDPY 304 - Adolescent Development and Learning

This course will include theories of development and learning, sociocultural influences on development and learning, and contexts of identity and health of adolescents. Prerequisite EDU 100 or pre/corequisite EDU 300 (After Degree students). Students may not receive credit for both EDPY 304 and EDPY 404. This course may not be taken for credit if credit for PSYCO 327 or PSYCO 223 is already awarded. May contain alternative delivery sections; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations section of the Calendar.

Fall Term 2021
EDPY 510 - Learning, Cognition and Education

This course is concerned with aspects of human learning, cognition, and the practical application of these theories and methods within education.

Fall Term 2021
EDPY 524 - The Psychology of Technology-based Learning

Using psychological theory as a framework, in this course, students explore the effects of technology on the cognitive processing, emotional responses and social interactions of learners across different types of technology, different ages of learners and different learning contexts. The course begins with an overview of key psychological theories then examines each type of technology from a psychological standpoint. This course focuses on the psychological impact of technology on learners, rather than how to use, design or produce educational technology.

Winter Term 2022
EDPY 610 - Selected Topics in Learning, Cognition and Instruction

Prerequisite: EDPY 510 or equivalent.

Fall Term 2021

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Stereoscopic display is superior to conventional display for three-dimensional echocardiography of congenital heart anatomy.
Author(s): Harake, Danielle Gnanappa, Ganesh Kumar Alvarez, Silvia G. V. Whittle, Andrew Punithakumar, Kumaradevan Boechler, Patricia Noga, Michelle Khoo, Nee Scze
Publication Date: 5/21/2020
Publication: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography.

Effects of Learning Traits and Information Display on Incidental Learning in 3D Virtual Environments.
Author(s): Thomas, W. & Boechler, P.
Publication Date: 7/20/2019
Publication: Emerging Technologies in Virtual Learning Environments, Hershey, PA, USA : IGI Global.
Page Numbers: 132-154

Individual Differences, Student Satisfaction and Performance in Supplemental On-line Activities in a Postsecondary Music Course.
Author(s): Boechler, P., Ingraham, M., Marin, L., & deJong, E.
Publication Date: 5/5/2016
Publication: Literacy Information and Computer Education Journal
Volume: 7
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 2376-2383.

Incidental Learning in 3D Virtual Environments: Relationships to Learning Style, Digital Literacy and Information Display
Author(s): Thomas, W. & Boechler, P.
Publication Date: 5/18/2015
Publication: International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments
Volume: 5
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 29-45.

Making the Implicit Explicit: Music Listening, Blended Delivery and the Representational Redescription Model
Author(s): Boechler, P, Ingraham, M., Marin, L., Dalen, B., & deJong, E.
Publication Date: 4/15/2015
Publication: International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education (IJCDSE), Special Issue
Volume: 6
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 2095-2105

Digital literacy concepts and definitions: Implications for educational assessment and practice.
Author(s): Boechler, P., Dragon, K., & Wasniewski, E.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Special Issue on Digital Literacy and Digital Competence: Facts, Problems, Needs and Trends. International Journal of Digital Literacy and Digital Competence
Volume: 5
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 1-18

Virtual Campus Orientation: Supporting Students’ Transition to Post-Secondary Before They Actually Arrive
Author(s): Boechler, P., Stroulia, E., deJong, E., Delaney, M., Carbonaro, M., Artym, C., Thomas, W. & Klassen, J.
Publication Date: 2013

Incidental Learning and Salience in Virtual World
Author(s): Thomas, W., Boechler, P., deJong, E., Stroulia, E. & Delaney, M.
Publication Date: 2012

Investigating ESL Adult Lexical Development with the Use of an Assistive Technology
Author(s): Wasniewski, E. & Boechler, P.
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: Literacy Information and Computer Education Journal (LICEJ)
Volume: 3
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 737-746

Older Adults' vs. Younger Adults' Web Search: Memory, Performance and Strategies
Author(s): Boechler, P. M., Watchorn, R., Dragon, K., & Foth, D.
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: International Journal of Education and Agein
Volume: 2
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 125-138

Technical Challenges and Solutions: Creating Virtual Environments for a Health Science Interprofessional Course
Author(s): deJong E, Chodos D, Kuras P, Boechler P, Stroulia E, Carbonaro M, King S.
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice
Volume: 9
Issue: 4