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Robert Atkinson

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Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 8809
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 8809
Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 8809
Publications
  • . . In order to learn: How the sequences of topics affect learning (2007).
  • Lusk, M M (Author) ,Atkinson, Robert Kenneth (Author) . Varying a pedagogical agent's degree of embodiment under two visual search conditions. Applied Cognitive Psychology (2007).
  • J Reisslein, Robert Atkinson, P Seeling, M Reisslein. Encountering the expertise reversal effect with a computer-based environment on electrical circuit analysis. Learning and Instruction (2006).
  • . . Review of: Cambridge handbook of multimedia learning (2006).
  • J Reisslein, Robert Atkinson, P Seeling, M Reisslein. Investigating the presentation and format of instructional prompts in an electrical circuit analysis computer-based learning environment. IEEE Transaction on Education (2005).
  • Robert Atkinson, R Mayer, M Merrill. Fostering social agency in multimedia learning: Examining the impact of an animated agent's voice. Contemporary Educational Psychology (2005).
  • . . Cambridge handbook of multimedia learning (2005).
  • A Renkl, Robert Atkinson, C Gunther. How fading worked-out solution steps works - A cognitive load perspective. Instructional Science (2004).
  • . . Review of: Creating graphics for learning and performance: Lessons in visual literacy (2004).
  • . . Review of: Graphics for learning: Proven guidelines for planning, designing, and evaluating visuals in training materials (2004).
  • A Renkl, Robert Atkinson. Structuring the transition from example study to problem solving in cognitive skills acquisition: A cognitive load perspective. Educational Psychologist (2003).
  • Robert Atkinson, A Renkl, M Merrill. Transitioning from studying examples to solving problems: Combining fading with prompting fosters learning. Journal of Educational Psychology (2003).
  • Robert Atkinson, R Catrambone, M Merrill. Aiding transfer in statistical learning: Examining the use of conceptually-oriented equations and elaborations. Journal of Educational Psychology (2003).
  • A Renkl, Robert Atkinson. Learning from examples: Fostering self-explanations in computer-based learning environments. Interactive Learning Environments (2002).
  • A Renkl, Robert Atkinson, U Maier, R Staley. From example study to problem solving: Smooth transitions help learning. Journal of Experimental Education (2002).
  • Robert Atkinson. Optimizing learning from examples using animated pedagogical agents. Journal of Educational Psychology (2002).
  • Robert Atkinson, S Derry, A Renkl, D Wortham. Learning from examples: Instructional principles from the worked examples research. Review of Educational Research (2000).
  • Atkinson, Robert, Catrambone, R. Subgoal leaning and the effect of conceptual equations on transfer. Erlbaum (2000).
  • Atkinson, Robert, Derry, S. Computer-based examples designed to encourage optimal example processing: A study examining the impact of sequentially presented, subgoal-oriented worked examples. Erlbaum (2000).
  • Renkl, A, Atkinson, Robert, Maier, U. From studying examples to solving problems: Fading worked-out solution steps helps learning. Erlbaum (2000).
Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
CPI 101Introduction to Informatics
FSE 201Engineering Undergraduate TA
FSE 394Special Topics
CSE 492Honors Directed Study
CSE 493Honors Thesis
CSE 499Individualized Instruction
COE 502Introduction to Data Analysis
CSE 580Practicum
EDT 584Internship
EDT 590Reading and Conference
EDT 690Reading and Conference
EDT 790Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
EDT 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
CSE 463Intro Human Computer Interactn
EDT 580Practicum
EDT 590Reading and Conference
CSE 595Continuing Registration
EDT 598Special Topics
EDT 780Practicum
EDT 790Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
EDT 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FSE 201Engineering Undergraduate TA
CSE 463Intro Human Computer Interactn
CSE 492Honors Directed Study
CSE 493Honors Thesis
CPI 493Honors Thesis
EDT 506Evaluation of Learning System
CSE 580Practicum
EDT 590Reading and Conference
CSE 599Thesis
EDT 684Internship
EDT 780Practicum
EDT 784Internship
DCI 790Reading and Conference
CSE 790Reading and Conference
EDT 790Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
EDP 792Research
CSE 792Research
HSE 799Dissertation
EDT 799Dissertation
DCI 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
CPI 101Introduction to Informatics
CSE 492Honors Directed Study
CPI 492Honors Directed Study
CSE 493Honors Thesis
CSE 499Individualized Instruction
EDT 501Foundations/Issues Educ Tech
CSE 580Practicum
EDT 584Internship
EDT 590Reading and Conference
EDT 690Reading and Conference
EDT 790Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
EDT 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
CPI 101Introduction to Informatics
CSE 463Intro Human Computer Interactn
EDT 580Practicum
EDT 590Reading and Conference
EDT 780Practicum
EDT 790Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
EDT 799Dissertation
AME 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
CSE 463Intro Human Computer Interactn
CSE 492Honors Directed Study
CSE 493Honors Thesis
CSE 499Individualized Instruction
EDP 554Analysis-of-Variance Methods
CSE 580Practicum
EDT 580Practicum
EDT 584Internship
EDT 684Internship
EDT 784Internship
EDT 790Reading and Conference
DCI 790Reading and Conference
CSE 790Reading and Conference
EDP 792Research
CSE 792Research
EDT 792Research
SMC 799Dissertation
DCI 799Dissertation
EDT 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
CPI 101Introduction to Informatics
CSE 492Honors Directed Study
CSE 499Individualized Instruction
EDT 501Foundations/Issues Educ Tech
EDT 580Practicum
CSE 580Practicum
EDT 584Internship
EDT 590Reading and Conference
EDT 690Reading and Conference
EDT 780Practicum
EDT 790Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
EDT 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EDT 580Practicum
EDT 590Reading and Conference
EDT 780Practicum
EDT 790Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
EDT 799Dissertation
AME 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
CPI 101Introduction to Informatics
CPI 350Eval of Informatics Systems
CSE 493Honors Thesis
CSE 499Individualized Instruction
EDT 506Educational Evaluation
EDP 554Analysis-of-Variance Methods
CSE 580Practicum
EDT 580Practicum
EDT 584Internship
EDT 684Internship
EDT 784Internship
EDT 790Reading and Conference
CSE 790Reading and Conference
DCI 790Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
EDP 792Research
EDT 799Dissertation
DCI 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
CPI 101Introduction to Informatics
CSE 492Honors Directed Study
EDT 501Foundations/Issues Educ Tech
EDT 506Educational Evaluation
EDT 580Practicum
EDT 584Internship
EDT 590Reading and Conference
EDT 690Reading and Conference
EDT 780Practicum
EDT 790Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
EDT 799Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
EDT 580Practicum
EDT 590Reading and Conference
EDT 780Practicum
EDT 790Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
EDT 799Dissertation
AME 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
CPI 350Eval of Informatics Systems
EDT 504Developmnt Computer-Based Inst
EDT 580Practicum
CSE 580Practicum
EDT 584Internship
EDT 684Internship
EDT 780Practicum
EDT 784Internship
EDT 790Reading and Conference
CSE 790Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
EDP 792Research
EDT 799Dissertation
DCI 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-CSEThe ASU Experience
EDP 554Analysis-of-Variance Methods
EDT 590Reading and Conference
EDT 790Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
EDT 799Dissertation
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
CPI 101Introduction to Informatics
EDT 580Practicum
EDT 590Reading and Conference
EDT 780Practicum
EDT 790Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
EDT 799Dissertation
AME 799Dissertation
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
CPI 350Eval of Informatics Systems
EDP 554Analysis-of-Variance Methods
EDT 580Practicum
EDT 584Internship
EDT 684Internship
EDT 701Research in Educ Technology
EDT 780Practicum
EDT 784Internship
EDT 790Reading and Conference
CSE 790Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
EDP 792Research
EDT 799Dissertation
DCI 799Dissertation
Presentations
  • Atkinson, Robert. Experimental Evaluation of Three Reading Tutors. ONR Instructional Strategies Conference, University of California Santa Barbara
  • Dunsworth, Q, Atkinson, Robert. Using Personalized Instruction to Support Multimedia Learning of Science. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA
  • Kim, A., Hernandez, L., Ellis, K., Kim, Y., Atkinson, Robert. Examining How Students' Lack of Procedural Skills Impacts the Development of Their Conceptual Understanding. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Psychology in Mathematics Education-North Chapter
  • Merrill-Lusk, M, Atkinson, Robert, Gerber, E, Vadivelu, R. Learning from book-based examples: Testing the generalizability of the fading approach and exploring the use of matrices. In T. Gog (Chair), Improving learning from worked examples. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA
  • Middleton, J., Louis, E., Yanik, B., Flores, A., Beak, J., Atkinson, Robert, Henrandez, L. Tracing Pivotal Concepts of Rational Number Through the Middle Grades. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association
  • Miller, E, Atkinson, Robert. Multimedia learning of fine arts: Examining the relative effects of Static graphics, animation, and video. In T. Gog (Chair), Improving learning from worked examples. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA
  • Atkinson, Robert. Leaner-support and design issues and case-based learning. Paper session at the American Educational Research Conference
  • Atkinson, Robert, Clark, D., Harrison, C., Koenig, A., Ramirez, F. Multimedia learning environments: Do the redundancy and modality principles apply to English language learners?. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association
  • Atkinson, Robert, Clark, Douglas, Harrison, C., Koenig, A., Ramirez-Marin, F. Multimedia learning environments: Do the redundancy and modality principles apply to English language learners?.
  • Atkinson, Robert, Koenig, A., Harrison, C., Kopcha, T. An Evaluation of an Innovative Elementary School Technology Integration Program. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association
  • Atkinson, Robert, Merrill-Lusk, M., Bietzel, B. Learning from book-based examples: Exploring the impact of combining fading with prompts and matrices. Symposium conducted at the 12th European Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction
  • Clark, D., Atkinson, Robert, Ramirez, F., Harrison, C., Koenig, A. The Impact of Providing Spanish Audio and Text Supports in Online Learning Environments for Spanish Speaking English Language Learners. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association
  • Clark, Douglas, Atkinson, Robert, Touchman, Stephanie, Skjerping, Tina, Ramirez-Marin, Frank, Harrison, C., Koenig, A. The impact of providing Spanish audio and text supports in online learning environments for Spanish speaking English language learners.
  • Kopcha, T., Lindner, E., Atkinson, Robert. A systems-based mentoring model of technology intergration. Paper accepted for presentation at the Association for Educational Communications and Technolgy (AECT)
  • Atkinson, Robert, Dunsworth, Q, Reisslin, J. Does a learner's English language proficiency influence the utility of an animated agent and labels during multimedia learning?. G. Clarebout, & J. Elen (Co-chairs), The role of pedagogical agents: When do they work? Symposium conducted at the 11th European Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Atkinson, Robert, Merrill-Lusk, M. An Experimental Evaluation of Tutorials in Problem Solving (TiPS): A Remedial Mathematics Tutor. Paper presented at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology's Annual Convention, Orlando, FL
  • Merrill-Lusk, M, Atkinson, Robert. Examining the cognitive benefits of an enhanced matrix. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Louisiana Educational Research Association, Shreveport, LA
  • Merrill-Lusk, M, Atkinson, Robert. Testing the Efficacy of Animated versus Static Worked Examples and Pedagogical Agents. Cognitive and socio-motivational aspects in learning from dynamic visualizations (Part II). Symposium conducted at the 11th European Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Reisslin, J, Atkinson, Robert, Reisslin, M. Exploring the Relative Impact of Learners' Prior Knowledge and Type of Example-Based Instruction in an Environment Teaching Circuit Analysis Techniques. Recent Worked Examples Research: Innovative Ways to Increase Germane Cognitive Load. Symposium conducted at the 11th European Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Atkinson, Robert. Examining the effectiveness of a web-delivered one dimensional kinematics tutorial. Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society Annual Conference, Mississippi State, MS
  • Atkinson, Robert. Optimizing learning from worked-out examples. Psi Chi Honors Society, Mississippi State University
  • Atkinson, Robert. Assessing the efficacy of web-delivered tutorials. American Association of Physics Teachers Annual Conference, San Diego, CA
  • Atkinson, Robert. Developing and Evaluating An Embodied Agent for Use During Multimedia Learning Episodes. Cognitive Science Seminar, Mississippi State University
  • Atkinson, Robert. Using animated agents to deliver example-based instruction: Do they support learning?. ONR/MURI Conference, University of Memphis
  • Atkinson, Robert, Miller-Talento, E, Mallette, G. Incorporating Self-explanations and instructional explanations into Worked Examples: Does the combination capitalize on their respective strengths?. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association Conference, Seattle, WA
  • Atkinson, Robert, Miller-Talento, E, Mallette, G. Using animated agents to deliver example-based instruction: Do they support learning?. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association Conference, Seattle, WA
  • Atkinson, Robert, Renkl, A. The provision of instructional explanations in example-based learning: An analysis from a cognitive load perspective. Symposium conducted at the 9th European Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction, Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Catrambone, R, Atkinson, Robert. Learning Statistics: The Use of Conceptual Equations and Overviews to Aid Transfer. Paper presented at the Twenty Third Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Renkl, A, Atkinson, Robert. The effects of gradually increasing problem-solving demands in cognitive skill acquisition. Symposium conducted at the 9th European Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction, Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Atkinson, Robert. Assessing the impact of an agent's voice and image on learning and evaluating a remedial math tutor. ONR/MURI Conference, Stanford University
  • Atkinson, Robert. Exploring the Impact of Agents, Fading, and Simulations. ONR/MURI Conference, Arizona State University
  • Atkinson, Robert, Merrill, M, Patterson, P. In search of an embodied agent effect. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA
  • Atkinson, Robert, Renkl, A, Merrill, M, Patterson, P. Transitioning from studying examples to solving problems: Combining fading with prompting fosters learning. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA
  • Atkinson, Robert, Merrill, M. Using animated pedagogical agents to teach mathematical understanding: A comprehensive review. Symposium conducted at the 10th European Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction, Padova, Italy.Understanding mathematical solutions: Designing example-based and problem-based learning (Part 2)
  • Atkinson, Robert, Mzoughi, T, Hutchison, P. Exploring the efficacy of an online iterative simulation for teaching physics concepts. Paper presented at the 10th European Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction, Padova, Italy
  • Atkinson, Robert, Renkl, A. Learning from examples: Encouraging self-explanation activities in multimedia learning environments. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL
  • Renkl, A, Atkinson, Robert, Grosse, C. Fading worked-out solution steps in cognitive skill acquisition: Implications for productive and unproductive cognitive load. Symposium conducted at the 10th European Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction, Padova, Italy
  • Atkinson, Robert. Evaluating Designs: Lessons from the Development of Intelligent Tutors. Examining the rigor and applicability of design experiments. Symposium conducted at the American Educational Research Conference, San Diego, CA
  • Bitter, G, Skiera, P, Atkinson, Robert, Stirling, L. Developing an online instructional media design course/training module. Paper presented at the New Learning Technologies conference sponsored by the Society for Applied Learning Technology , Orlando, Florida
  • Dunsworth, Q, Atkinson, Robert, Reisslin, J. Using an Animated Pedagogical Agent to Support Science Learning: An Empirical Investigation. Paper presented at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology's Annual Convention, Chicago, IL
  • Reisslin, J, Atkinson, Robert, Dunsworth, Q. Exploring the Presentation and Format of Help in a Computer-Based Science Learning Environment. Paper presented at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology's Annual Convention, Chicago, IL
Service
  • Educational Technology Certificate Program, Coordinator (2007 - Present)
  • Institute of Educational Science's Mathematics and Science Scientific Review Panel, Review Panel Member (2007 - Present)
  • Journal of Educational Psychology, Editorial Board Member (2007 - Present)
  • National Science Foundation's Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) program, Review Panel Member (2007 - Present)
  • College of Education Faculty Representive for football recruiting events, Faculty Representive (2006 - Present)
  • Educational Psychology Review, Editorial Board Member (2006 - Present)
  • Pittsburg Science of Learning Center (PSLC), a major $25 million Science of Learning Center grant funded by the Natioal Science Foundation, Advisory Board Member (2006 - Present)
  • Educational Technology Research & Design, Consulting Editor (2005 - Present)
  • College of Education Ad Hoc Technology Committee, Member (2004 - Present)
  • Engineering Education Graduate Certificate Planning Team, Member (2004 - Present)
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, Manuscript reviewer (2004 - Present)
  • Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Editorial Board Member (2004 - Present)
  • Math and Science Partnership Evaluation Facilitation Team, Member (2004 - Present)
  • Association of Educational Communications and Technology, Member (2002 - Present)
  • Educational Technology Area Admissions Committee, Arizona State University, Member (2002 - Present)
  • European Association of Research on Learning and Instruction, Member (2001 - Present)
  • Education and Educational Psychology Search Committee (Elementary Education), Mississippi State University, Counselor (2000 - Present)
  • The Journal of Experimental Education, Consulting Editor (2000 - Present)
  • Cognitive Science Society, Member (1998 - Present)
  • American Educational Research Association, Member (1993 - Present)
  • American Psychological Association, Member (1993 - Present)
  • College Council, Member (2007 - 2007)
  • Pandemic Flu Committe, Member (2007 - 2007)
  • Counseling Psychology, Member (2006 - 2007)
  • Division of Psychology in Education Awards Committee, Arizona State University, Member (2005 - 2007)
  • Learning and Instruction, Manuscript reviewer (2005 - 2007)
  • Center for Research on Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology, Associate Director (2004 - 2007)
  • Journal of Educational Psychology, Manuscript reviewer (2002 - 2007)
  • Cognition & Instruction, Manuscript reviewer (2006 - 2006)
  • Computers & Education, Manuscript reviewer (2006 - 2006)
  • Educational Research Review, Manuscript reviewer (2006 - 2006)
  • Instructional Science, Manuscript reviewer (2006 - 2006)
  • Plagiarism Prevention Software Proposal Review Committee, Arizona State University, Member (2006 - 2006)
  • Review of Educational Research, Manuscript reviewer (2006 - 2006)
  • Reviews of Human Factors and Ergonomics, Chapter reviewer (2006 - 2006)
  • College of Education Honors and Awards Committee, Arizona State University, Member (2005 - 2006)
  • Superintendent's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Technology, State of Arizona, Member (2004 - 2006)
  • Superintendent's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Technology, State of Arizona, Member (2004 - 2006)
  • Educational Technology Assistant/Associate Clinical Professor Search Committee, Member (2005 - 2005)
  • Supervisor, all EDT 300 and EDT 323 courses during Fall, 2005, Faculty Supervisor (2005 - 2005)
  • American Educational Research Journal, Manuscript reviewer (2004 - 2005)
  • Applied Cognitive Psychology, Manuscript reviewer (2004 - 2005)
  • College Council Operations Committee, Arizona State University, Member (2004 - 2005)
  • Division of Psychology in Education Awards Committee, Arizona State University, Member (2004 - 2005)
  • Educational Psychology Review, Manuscript reviewer (2004 - 2005)
  • Educational Technology Faculty Search Committee, Arizona State University, Member (2004 - 2005)
  • Educational Technology Graduate Student Organization, Faculty Advisor (2002 - 2005)
  • Educational Technology and Society, Executive Peer Reviewer (2000 - 2005)
  • American Educational Research Association - For the 2004 Annual Meeting, Co-Chair (2004 - 2004)
  • Educational Technology Research & Design, Manuscript reviewer (2004 - 2004)
  • Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, Manuscript reviewer (2004 - 2004)
  • Special Interest Meeting 2004 of EARLI SIG 6 and 7, Paper reviewer (2004 - 2004)
  • Center for Research on Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology (CRESMET), Faculty Advisory Board member (2002 - 2004)
  • Parental Advisory Board for College of Education Preschool, Arizona State University, Chair (2002 - 2004)
  • Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Manuscript reviewer (2003 - 2003)
  • Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Paper reviewer (2002 - 2003)
  • American Educational Research Association, Paper reviewer (2000 - 2003)
  • Education and Educational Psychology - Status and Retention Committee, Mississippi State University, Counselor (2001 - 2002)
  • Mississippi State University, Undergraduate Education Advising Committee (2001 - 2002)
  • College of Education - Scholarship Committee, Mississippi State University, Member (2000 - 2002)
  • International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, Paper reviewer (2001 - 2001)
  • Curriculum and Instruction Search Committee (Secondary Education), Mississippi State University, Member (2000 - 2001)
  • Undergraduate Advising Task Force, Mississippi State University, Member (2000 - 2001)
  • Campus Wide Information Systems, Manuscript reviewer (2000 - 2000)
  • Curriculum and Instruction Search Committee, Mississippi State University, Member (2000 - 2000)
  • International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Paper reviewer (2000 - 2000)
  • International Workshop on Advanced Learning Technologies, Paper reviewer (2000 - 2000)