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

Featured Publications

Stereoscopic display is superior to conventional display for three-dimensional echocardiography of congenital heart anatomy.

Harake, Danielle Gnanappa, Ganesh Kumar Alvarez, Silvia G. V. Whittle, Andrew Punithakumar, Kumaradevan Boechler, Patricia Noga, Michelle Khoo, Nee Scze

Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography. . 2020 May;

Effects of Learning Traits and Information Display on Incidental Learning in 3D Virtual Environments.

Thomas, W. & Boechler, P.

Emerging Technologies in Virtual Learning Environments, Hershey, PA, USA : IGI Global. . 2019 July;

Individual Differences, Student Satisfaction and Performance in Supplemental On-line Activities in a Postsecondary Music Course.

Boechler, P., Ingraham, M., Marin, L., & deJong, E.

Literacy Information and Computer Education Journal . 2016 May; 7 (3):2376-2383.

Incidental Learning in 3D Virtual Environments: Relationships to Learning Style, Digital Literacy and Information Display

Thomas, W. & Boechler, P.

International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments. 2015 May; 5 (4): 29-45.

Making the Implicit Explicit: Music Listening, Blended Delivery and the Representational Redescription Model

Boechler, P, Ingraham, M., Marin, L., Dalen, B., & deJong, E.

International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education (IJCDSE), Special Issue. 2015 April; 6 (1): 2095-2105

Digital literacy concepts and definitions: Implications for educational assessment and practice.

Boechler, P., Dragon, K., & Wasniewski, E.

Special Issue on Digital Literacy and Digital Competence: Facts, Problems, Needs and Trends. International Journal of Digital Literacy and Digital Competence. 2015 January; 5 (4):1-18

Boechler, P., Stroulia, E., deJong, E., Delaney, M., Carbonaro, M., Artym, C., Thomas, W. & Klassen, J.

2013 January;

Thomas, W., Boechler, P., deJong, E., Stroulia, E. & Delaney, M.

2012 January;

Wasniewski, E. & Boechler, P.

Literacy Information and Computer Education Journal (LICEJ). 2012 January; 3 (4):737-746

Boechler, P. M., Watchorn, R., Dragon, K., & Foth, D.

International Journal of Education and Agein. 2012 January; 2 (2):125-138

deJong E, Chodos D, Kuras P, Boechler P, Stroulia E, Carbonaro M, King S.

The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 2011 January; 9 (4)