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 Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Adolescents
  • 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


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 Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

Fall Term 2020 Winter 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 2021
EDU 575 - Theory and Practice in Educational Technology

This course is an overview of key topics and issues in educational technology as well as an introduction to basic skills in educational technology development. Course topics include ethics, philosophy, history, research and evaluation, fluency with information technology, multimodal literacies, simulations and visualization, sociological issues, social networking and video/image production. The course is intended to expose students to a broad array of issues related to and influencing Educational Technology. Students may not receive credit for both EDPY 597 Theory and Practice in Educational Technology and EDU 575.

Fall Term 2020

Browse more courses taught by Patricia Boechler


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