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Amy Garbrick, Ph.D.

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Title(s):
  • Director, Learning Design

Contact:
E150 Westgate Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-6018
Education:
  • Ph.D. in Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT), Penn State

  • M.Ed. in Instructional Systems (INSYS), Penn State

  • B.S. in Education, Penn State

Biography:

Amy Garbrick is the Director of the Office of Learning Design, College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State - University Park campus. Amy has managed the design and development of over 100 courses for five award-winning online programs:

  • Masters of Professional Studies (MPS) in Information Sciences
  • MPS in Homeland Security
  • MPS in Enterprise Architecture
  • BS in IST
  • BS in SRA (Security and Risk Analysis)

Amy works on improving teaching and learning in distance, blended, resident, graduate, and undergraduate courses within the College of IST. Previously, she was a Senior Instructional Designer and eLearning Coordinator with the Office of Learning Initiatives. From 2002 to 2008, she was an Instructional Designer and eLearning Coordinator with the IST Solutions Institute where she designed and developed courses for corporate partners as well as for the IST undergraduate program. Amy has taught IST 111 and IST 110 both online and in Resident Instruction numerous times. Prior to her work at IST, she was an Instructional Designer with the Penn State Smeal College of Business R.I.I.T. (Research, Instruction, and Information Technology) Group. She was also a Microcomputer Systems Consultant with the R.I.I.T. Group within Smeal College with experience in networks, hardware, software, website design, and databases. Amy earned a B.S. in Education from Penn State, a M.Ed. in Instructional Systems from Penn State, and a PhD in Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT) at Penn State. Her current research focus is on online discussion forums, Social Network Analysis (SNA), Canvas UX, teaming, and the use of online collaborative concept maping tools to enhance learning. Amy serves on various University-wide teaching, learning, and online education committees.

Research Interests:

Amy's current research focus is on the use of online discussion forums as well as online collaborative concept maping tools to enhance learning. Amy is interested in the use of "Push" notifications, or Nudges, within a Learning Environment to increase engagement in online discussion forums, as well as the use of Social Network Analysis (SNA) to analyze online networks of learners. Amy has taught the same course in all of the Learning Management System (LMS) Pilots at Penn State over the past few years including Blackboard (twice), Canvas (twice), MoodleRooms, Desire2Learn, and Pearson.  Amy is very interested in the use of LMS tools to enhance teaching and learning. She contributed to a think aloud reserach study examining Canvas UX.

Publications:

Select Publications:

Wang, N.; Yeh, M.; Gregg, A.; Zhu, C.; Garbrick, A.; et al.  Beyond academic grade dashboard: Integrating performance visualization to increase peer support: a work in-progress paper. International Conference on Education and e-Learning (EeL). Proceedings; 72-75. Singapore: Global Science and Technology Forum. (2017)

Reid, R., Gregg, A., Williams, V., and Garbrick, A.  Asking students what they think:  Student User Experience (UX) research studies to inform online course design. Proceedings of the Association for the Advancement of Computing Education (AACE): E-Learn 2016.  Aug 2016, Washington, D.C.    

Garbrick, A. and Clariana, R.  How notifications influence participants in asynchronous discussion forums: A case study.  Proceedings of Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE): E-Learn 2015: World Conference. Oct 2015, Kona, Hawaii.

Garbrick, A. and Clariana, R.  The influence of email notifications in asynchronous discussion on interaction patterns using social network analysis.  Proceedings of Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE):  Global Learn 2015.  April 2015, Berlin, Germany.

Kim, K., Clariana, R. and Garbrick, A.  The effect of computer-supported independent and interdependent collaboration on information sharing.  Computer Support Collaborative Learning (CSCL).  June 2013, Madison, WI.