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Melissa Warr
Arizona State University


Dr. Melissa Warr is an Assistant Professor of Learning Design and Technology at University of Louisiana Monroe. Her research blends teacher education, design, creativity, and technology to explore how design can empower teachers and learners to develop and express their knowing.

She earned a Bachelor of Music in music and mathematics education and a Master of Science in Instructional Psychology and Technology from Brigham Young University, as well as a PhD through the transdisciplinary Learning, Literacies, and Technologies program at Arizona State University. Prior to her doctoral studies, she taught junior high and high school orchestra. She was also a research associate at an educational technology company, where she had the opportunity to interview teachers and students across the United States about their experiences with technology.

Dr. Warr has conducted research on educational technology adoption, problem-based learning, interdisciplinary design and collaboration, design pedagogy, creativity, and teacher education. Her work draws on diverse disciplinary perspectives, including instructional design, learning science, educational psychology, architecture, dance, and theater. She is currently investigating design perspectives in teaching and teacher education, including what and how teachers learn when they design media for learning. She also studies creative design approaches to helping teachers address problems of practice, including applying creative tools to support teachers in making sense of their practice. She applies a variety of methodological approaches, including network analysis, multimodal discourse analysis, case study, narrative, and critical approaches.

Her work is published in top-tier journals including the Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education and Educational Technology Research and Development (ETR&D). She has published 13 articles in peer-reviewed journals (seven as first author), three book chapters, and over 20 conference papers. She has presented her work at many national and international conferences, including Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), and the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

She is a violinist and regularly performs with religious and community groups. Her scholarship is available at http://melissa-warr.com .


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