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Andy Walker

Andy Walker

Department Head and Associate Professor of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences

Contact Information

Office Hours: By Appointment
Phone: (435) 797-2614
Email: andy.walker@usu.edu

Biography

Andrew does research in technology teacher professional development, recommender systems, problem-based learning, and meta-analysis. His bachelor's degree is in English but he is a self-taught and self-professed geek, doing development in several different languages and environments from Adobe Flash to php. (Link to Vitae)

Research Interests

problem-based learning, recommender systems

Education

PhD, Instructional Technology, Utah State University, 2002

MS, Instructional Technology, Utah State University, 2000

BA, English, Washington State University, 1995

Selected Publications

Refereed Journals

Walker, A., Recker, M., Robertshaw, B., Olsen, J., Leary, H., & Ye, L. (in press). Integrating technology and problem-based learning: A mixed methods study of two teacher professional development approaches. Manuscript accepted for publication at Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning. 

Can, G. & Walker, A. (2011) A model for doctoral students’ perceptions and attitudes toward written feedback for academic writing. Research in Higher Education, 52(5), 508-536.

Gurell, S., Kuo, Y. Walker, A. (2010). The pedagogical enhancement of open education: An examination of problem-based learning. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 11(3), 95-105.

Walker, A., & Leary, H. (2009). A Problem Based Learning Meta Analysis: Differences Across Problem Types, Implementation Types, Disciplines, and Assessment Levels. Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem Based Learning, 3(1), 12-43.

Walker, A. & Shelton, B. (2008). Problem-based learning informed educational game design. Manuscript submitted for publication to the Interdisciplinary Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 19(4), 663-684.

Kramer, B., Walker, A., & Brill, J. (2007). The Underutilization of Internet and Communication Technology-assisted Collaborative Project-Based Learning Among International Educators: A Delphi Study. Educational Technology Research and Development (International Review).

Brill, J., Bishop, M., & Walker, A. (2006) An investigation into the competencies required of an effective project manager: A Web-based Delphi study. Educational Technology Research & Development 54(2), 115-140.

Walker, A., Recker, M., Lawless, K., & Wiley, D. (2004). Collaborative information filtering: A review and an educational application. International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, 14, 1-26.

Recker, M., Walker, A., Lawless, K. (2003). What do you recommend? Implementation and analyses of collaborative filtering of Web resources for education. Instructional Science, 31(4/5), 299-316.

Recker, M., & Walker, A. (2003). Supporting “word of mouth” social networks through collaborative information filtering. Journal of Interactive Learning Research 14(1), 79- 98.

Edwards, E., Walker, A., Bergeson, K., Louviere, J., Robinson, K., Higgins, J., & Harris, C. (2001) Genetics in Practice: A Template for Interactive Case Studies, Tech Trends 45(1), 29-31.

Book Chapters

Leary, H., Giersch, S., Walker, A. & Recker, M. (2011). Developing and Using a Review Rubric to Assess Learning Resource Quality in Educational Digital Libraries. In Sulieman Bani-Ahmad (Ed.) Experiences and Future of Digital Libraries. (pp. 181-196). InTech.

Robertshaw, M.B., Walker, A., Recker., M., & Sellers, L. (2010). Experiences in the field: The evolution of a teacher technology professional development model. In Myint Swe Khine & Issa M. Saleh (Eds.), New science of learning: Cognition, computers, and collaboration in education. New York: Springer.

Robertshaw, M. B., Leary, H., Walker, A., Bloxham, K., & Recker, M. (2009). Reciprocal mentoring "in the wild": A retrospective, comparative case study of ICT teacher professional development. In P. Gerbic & E. Stacey (Eds.), Effective Blended Learning Practices: Evidence-Based Perspectives in ICT- Facilitated Education. (pp. 280-297). Hershey, NY: Information Science Reference.

Brill, J. M., & Walker, A. (2006). From isolation to legitimate peripheral participation: Encouraging a community of practice among teacher education students through a web resource database. In Orey, M., McClendon, V.J. & Branch, R. M. (Eds.)., Educational media and technology yearbook (Vol 31). Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited.

Recker, M.,Walker, A., & Wiley, D. (2001). Collaboratively filtering learning objects. In D. Wiley (Ed.), Designing Instruction with Learning Objects (pp. 243-259). Bloomington, IN: AECT.

Selected Presentations

Refereed Proceedings

Leary, H., Giersch, S., Walker, A., & Recker, M. (2009). Developing a review rubric for learning resources in digital libraries. In proceedings of the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, New York: ACM, June, 15-19, 2009, 421.

Recker, M., Walker, A., & Wiley, D. (2000). An interface for collaborative filtering of educational resources. In Proceedings of the 2000 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IC-AI'2000): June 26-29, 2000, 317-322.

Scholarly Presentations

Walker, A., Recker, M., Robertshaw, B., Olsen, J., Sellers, L., Leary, H., Kuo, Y. (2011). Integrating technology and problem-based learning: A mixed methods study of two teacher professional development approaches. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, New Orleans, April 8-12, 2011.

Kuo, Y., Walker, A. (2011). Interaction, internet self-efficacy, and self-regulated learning as predictors of student satisfaction in distance education courses. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, New Orleans, April 8-12, 2011.

Recker, M., , Leary, H., Walker, A., Diekema, A., Wetzler, P., Sumner, T., Martin, J. (2011). Modeling teacher ratings of online resources: A human-machine approach to quality. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, New Orleans, April 8-12, 2011.

Recker, M., , Leary, H., Walker, A., Diekema, A., Wetzler, P., Sumner, T., Martin, J. (2011). Modeling teacher ratings of online resources: A human-machine approach to quality. Paper submitted to the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, New Orleans, April 8-12, 2011.

Robertshaw, M.B., Olsen, J., Walker, A. (2010) Teacher professional development models: Inquiry into concurrent versus separate technology and pedagogical knowledge and use. Paper presented at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Conference, Anaheim, CA.

Walker, A., Robertshaw, B., & Recker, M. (2010). Problem-Based Design: A Technology-Oriented Teacher Professional Development. Paper presented at the presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, Denver, April 30-May 4, 2010.

Walker, A., Recker, M., Leary, H., & Robertshaw, M. B. (2010) Incorporating Technology and Problem-Based Learning: Professional Development for K-12 Teachers. Paper accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, April 30-May 4, 2010.

Shelton, B. Jeon, J., & Walker, A. (2010). The impact of context when interpreting graphical elements across cultures. Paper accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, April 30-May 4, 2010.

Recker, M. & Walker, A. (2009, November). Integrating NSDL Resources and Inquiry Learning: A Professional Development Model for Teachers. Poster presented at the National Science Foundation National STEM Digital Library Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Leary, H., Walker, A., Fitt, M., Shelton, B. (2009). Expert versus novice tutors: Impacts on student outcomes in problem-based learning. Paper presented at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Louisville, KY, October 27-31.

Kuo, Yu-Chun., Walker, A., Kuo, Yu-Tung. (2009). A conceptual framework for the application of interactive or immersive enviornments. Paper presented at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Louisville, KY, October 27-31.

Kuo, Yu-Chun., Walker, A., Kuo, Yu-Tung. (2009). A conceptual framework for the application of interactive or immersive enviornments. Paper presented at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Louisville, KY, October 27-31.

Fitt, M., Walker, A., Leary, H., Bloxham, K., Barton, R., Gurell, S. (2009). Assessing the quality of doctoral dissertation literature reviews in instructional technology: A replication study. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego. April 13-17, 2009.

Walker, A., & Leary, H. (2008). A Problem Based Learning Meta Analysis: Differences Across Problem Types, Implementation Types, Disciplines, and Assessment Levels. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.

Walker, A., Leary, H. (2007). Problem Based Learning: A Meta Analytic Review of Problem and Implementation Types Across Disciplines and Educational Levels. Association for Educational Communications and Technology Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA.

Recker, M., Giersch, S., Walker, A., Halioris, S., Mao, X., Palmer, B. (2007). A study of how online learning resources are used. In Proceedings of the 2007 ACM IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 18-23.

Giersch, S., Walker, A., Recker, M., & Janke, R. (2006). Hitting the trifecta: A professional development model for creating, using and disseminating open education resources. 2006 Open Education Conference. Logan, UT.

Walker, A. (2006) Processing the PBL literature: A meta-analytic review. Invited talk, Department of Instructional Psychology and Technology. Provot, UT: Brigham Young University.

Walker, A. & Brill, J. (2005). If you build it they will not come: Usage data from a recommender system based on web annotations and their implications. 2005 Open Education Conference. Logan, UT.

DiPietro, K. & Walker, A. (2005). Authentic learning tasks for pre-service teachers. Steel-life stories: Pre-service teachers mastering digital storytelling through problem-based learning. National Educational Computing Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Walker, A. & Brill, J. (2004). From isolation to legitimate peripheral participation: The development of a web resource database to encourage a community of practice among teacher education students. Association for Educational Communications and Technology Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Walker, A., Brill, J., & Bishop, M. (2004). Delphi surveys: An alternative approach to needs assessment. International Society for Performance Improvement Annual Conference, Tampa Bay, FL.

Brill, J., Bishop, MJ, & Walker, A. (2003). An investigation into the competencies required of an effective project manager. Association for Educational Communications and Technology Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA.

Recker, M., Walker, A., & Lawless, K. (2003). Show me the way: A recommender system for educational web resources. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Walker, A. & Recker, M. (2003). Applications of collaborative filtering to support student learning: Results from an empirical study. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Walker, A., Edwards, E., Allen, S., & Wiley, D. (2002). Mediate this!: Tales of resource negotiation. Association for Educational Communications and Technology Annual Conference, Dallas, TX.

Awards and Honors

2007-2008   Teacher of the Year, Utah State University Department of Instructional Technology, Awarded by the Instructional Technology Student Association.
2006       Outstanding Reviewer, Educational Technology Research and Development (Research Section).
2003        Outstanding Graduate, Utah State University Department of Instructional Technology.
2002        Senator of the Year, Utah State University Graduate Student Senate.
2001        Research Assistant of the Year, Utah State University Department of Instructional Technology.
2000        Research Assistant of the Year, Utah State University Department of Instructional Technology.
2000-2001   Presidential Fellowship, Utah State University School of Graduate Studies.

Projects

DLConnect and Digital Libraries go to School
Instructional Architect
Validity in Problem-based Learning Research

Grants

Year Grant Name Funding Agency Amount
2010-2011 Laying the Foundation for a Scaffolding Meta-analysis Utah State University $20,000
2011-2013 Understanding Impact: A Scaling and Replication Study of the Curriculum Customization Service National Science Foundation $125,000
2009-2011 The Last Mile: Linking K-12 Educators with Cyber-enabled Learning Environments National Science Foundation $149,980
2007-2008 A Follow-Up Study of Professional Development in Integration of Online Resources Consortium of College and University Media Centers $1,400
2007-2008 A Set of Tools for Finding, Reusing, and Iteratively Improving Open Content Mellon Foundation $440,000
2006-2009 Digital Libraries Go To School National Science Foundation Teacher Professional Continuum $500,000
2006-2007 New Faculty Research Grant Utah State University $14,940
2005 Faculty Research Grant Lehigh University $3,090
2004 Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant Pennsylvania Department of Education $1,000
2003 Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant Pennsylvania Department of Education $1,000

Teaching

Courses

INST 6390: Planning, Resources, and Implementation for Technology
INST 7150: Advanced Seminar in Instructional Technology
INST 5245: Interactive Multimedia Production
INST 6245: Interactive Multimedia Production
INST 7870: Current Issues Seminar
INST 6870: Current Issues Seminar