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Andrea Gregg

Director of Online Pedagogy
Associate Research Professor


  • Mechanical Engineering

231 Reber Building


Research Areas:

Educational Assessment and Evaluation; Engineering Education; Faculty Development

Interest Areas:

Online and distance learning; Mechanical Engineering teaching and learning efficacy; Learners' experiences in online and hybrid learning environments; Mediating role of educational technologies; Microcredentialing and student motivation; UX, LMS, and online course design




  • BA, History, Northwestern University, 1996
  • BA, Mathematics, Northwestern University, 1996
  • MA, Speech Communication, The Pennsylvania State University, 2000
  • Ph D, Learning, Design, and Technology, The Pennsylvania State University, 2016



  • Bethany Simunich, Andrea Gregg and Penny Ralston-Berg, 2024, High Impact Design for Online Courses (HIDOC): A Practical Guide for Every Online Instructor, Stylus Publishing, United States

Journal Articles

  • Andrea Gregg, 2023, "Going through the motions? Asynchronous online course discussions considered within a learner experience design framework", The Journal of Applied Instructional Design, 12, (3)
  • Andrea Gregg, Junxiu Yu, Jessica Resig, Lynne Johnson, Eunsung Park and Philip R Stuczynski, 2021, "Promising Educational Technology Meets Complex System: a 6-year Case Study of an Adaptive Learning Project from Initial Exploration Through the End of a Pilot", Journal of Formative Design in Learning, 5, (1), pp. 62-77
  • Nicole Wang-Trexler, Kuo-Chuan Yeh, William Diehl, Rebecca E. Heiser, Andrea Gregg, Ling Tran and Chenyang Zhu, 2021, "Learning From Doing: Lessons Learned From Designing and Developing an Educational Software Within a Heterogeneous Group", International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies, 16, (4), pp. 33-46
  • Siu Ling Leung, Brianne Hargrove, Eric Marsh, Andrea Gregg and Karen Thole, 2020, "Prompting by COVID-19 to Rethink the Purpose of Engineering Laboratory Education - Develop Practical Competence to Solve Real-World Problem", Advances in Engineering Education, 8, (4)
  • Nicole Wang, Andrea Gregg, Martin Yeh, Rebecca Heiser and Will Diehl, 2019, "Pet avatars, performance visualization, and social presence", International Journal of Technology in Teaching and Learning, 15, (1), pp. 18-31
  • Andrea Gregg, Penny Ralston-Berg and Alison Carr-Chellman, 2019, "Changing the Narrative: New directions in online retention", eLearn, 2019, (3)
  • Andrea Gregg, Brent G Wilson and Patrick Parrish, 2018, "Do No Harm: A Balanced Approach to Vendor Relationships, Learning Analytics, and Higher Education", IDEA Papers
  • Rick L. Shearer, Andrea Gregg and K.P. Joo, 2015, "Deep Learning in Distance Education: Are We Achieving the Goal?", American Journal of Distance Education, 29, (2), pp. 126-134

Conference Proceedings

  • Samantha Splendido, Andrea Gregg and Catherine Berdanier, 2023, "Student Success in 4-D (SS4D): Toward a Holistic Understanding of Engineering Student Success in Motivation, Curricular Attainment and Experiential Opportunities across Educational Stages"
  • Jennifer Weible, Jessica Briskin and Andrea Gregg, 2023, "Examining Instructional Design Across Corporate, Higher Education, and K-12 Industries."
  • Andrea Gregg, Jongho Park, Casey Fenton, Teresa C Lang and Meredith Handley, 2022, "Exploring the “Why” of Micro-Credentials and Digital Badges: Engineering Students’ Motivations for and Perceived Utility of Learning Outside of Class"
  • Andrea Gregg and Jacqueline O'Connor, 2022, "Reflecting while doing: Integrating active learning and metacognitive activities in a fully online thermodynamics course"
  • Andrea Gregg, Eric R Marsh and Karen A Thole, 2021, "Augmenting Traditional ME Curriculum with Digital Badge Microcredentials"
  • Andrea Gregg, Catherine Berdanier and Karen A Thole, 2021, "Theoretical and Applied Perspectives on Online Graduate Engineering Education: Learning-Centered Vision, Administration, and Course Design", ASEE Conferences
  • Eunsung Park, Andrea Gregg, Roy Clariana, Junxiu Yu and Jessica Resig, 2020, "Self-Regulated Learning and Adaptive Learning Analytics Dashboards: A Reflexive Thematic Analysis", American Educational Research Association
  • Andrea Gregg, Davin Carr-Chellman and Ali Carr-Chellman, 2019, "Craving Meaning: Adult Learning and Online Course Discussions", American Educational Research Association
  • Andrea Gregg and Lynne Johnson, 2017, "Adaptive Learning and Returning Adult Online Students"
  • Nicole Wang, Martin Yeh, Andrea Gregg, Chenyang Zhu, Amy Garbrick and Kyle Peck, 2017, "Beyond academic grade dashboard: Integrating performance visualization to increase peer support: a work in-progress paper"
  • Ronda Reid, Andrea Gregg, Vicki Williams and Amy Garbrick, 2016, "Asking students what they think: Student user experience (UX) research studies to inform online course design", Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), pp. 451-456
  • Brent G Wilson and Andrea Gregg, 2015, "How human agency contributes to thinking about e-learning", 38, (2), pp. 337-342
  • Rick Shearer, Andrea Gregg, KP Joo and Kimberly Graham, 2014, "Transactional distance in MOOCs: A critical analysis of dialogue, structure, and learner autonomy"

Research Projects

Honors and Awards


Service to Penn State:

  • Committee Work, Chairperson, ME Education Innovation Committee, 2021
  • Academic Leadership and Support Work, Member, Digital Learning Academic Council (DLAC), November 2019
  • Committee Work, Member, Digital Learning Implementation Council (DLIC), 2019 - 2022

Service to External Organizations:




With more than 60 faculty members, 330 graduate students, and 1,000 undergraduate students, the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering embraces a culture that welcomes individuals with a diversity of backgrounds and expertise. Our faculty and students are innovating today what will impact tomorrow’s solutions to meeting our energy needs, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems. We offer B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering as well as resident (M.S., Ph.D.) and online (M.S.) graduate degrees in mechanical engineering. See how we’re inspiring change and impacting tomorrow at

Department of Mechanical Engineering

137 Reber Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519