Director: Yvonne Earnshaw, Ph.D.

Dr. Yvonne Earnshaw is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator in the Instructional Design and Development program. She received a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Learning Systems from Florida State University with a specialization in instructional systems and human-computer interaction, an M.A.Ed. in Instructional Technology from Virginia Tech, and an M.A. in Technical Writing from Portland State University.

In addition to her academic experience, Dr. Earnshaw has over 20 years of corporate experience in technical writing, instructional design, and usability consulting, and has worked for several major national and global corporations including Intel, IBM, Cisco, and Nike. Her practitioner experience helps guide her research and teaching philosophies.

Research & Resources

News

Cover of Learner and User Experience Research.

Learner and User Experience Research: An Introduction for the Field of Learning Design & Technology

(EdTech Books, 2020)

Drs. Matthew Schmidt (University of Florida), Andrew Tawfik (University of Memphis), Isa Jahnke (University of Missouri), & Yvonne Earnshaw (University of Alabama at Birmingham) are the editors of a new open-access book about learner and user experience design research. The book introduces UX and LX methods for the field of Learning Design & Technologies. In less than five months since the book launched, the book has received over 30,000 views and has been downloaded over 4,000 times.

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Presentations

  • Schmidt, M., Huang, R. T., Tawfik, A. A., Jahnke, I., & Earnshaw, Y. (2021, April). What is learner experience? A content analysis. Poster session at the 2021 American Educational Research Association Conference (virtual).
  • Jahnke, I., Schmidt, M., Tawfik, A. A., & Earnshaw, Y. (2020, November). UX4LX Workshop: User experience methods for evaluating and improving learning experience with technologies. Workshop at the 2020 Association for Educational Communications and Technology International Convention (virtual).
  • Schmidt, M., Tawfik, A. A., Earnshaw, Y., Jahnke, I., & Huang, R. (2020, November). Learner and user experience research in the field of learning design & technology. Panel discussion at the 2020 Association for Educational Communications and Technology International Convention (virtual).
  • Schmidt, M., Tawfik, A. A., Jahnke, I., Earnshaw, Y. (2020, November). Learner and user experience research: An introduction for the field of learning design & technology. Book sharing session at the 2020 Association for Educational Communications and Technology International Convention (virtual).

Invited Guest Speaker

  • Earnshaw, Y., & Schmidt, M. (2020, October). User experience methods. Presented at University of Georgia, Introduction to Instructional Design class (virtual).
  • Schmidt, M., Tawfik, A. A., Earnshaw, Y., & Jahnke, I. (2019, March). Learner and user experience: An introduction for the field of learning design & technology. Webinar for the Association of Educational Communications and Technology Design and Development division.

Publications

  • Schmidt, M., Earnshaw, Y., Tawfik, A. A., & Jahnke, I. (2020). Methods of user centered design and evaluation for learning designers. In M. Schmidt, A. A. Tawfik, I. Jahnke, & Y. Earnshaw (Eds.), Learner and user experience research: An introduction for the field of learning design & technology. EdTech Books.
  • Schmidt, M., Tawfik, A. A., Jahnke, I., Earnshaw, Y., Huang, R. (2020). Introduction to the edited volume. In M. Schmidt, A. A. Tawfik, I. Jahnke, & Y. Earnshaw (Eds.), Learner and user experience research: An introduction for the field of learning design & technology. EdTech Books.
  • Earnshaw, Y., Tawfik, A. A., & Schmidt, M. (2017). User experience design. In R. E. West (Ed.), Foundations of learning and instructional design technology (1st ed.). EdTech Books.