Ryan Watkins, Ph.D. is a Professor at the George Washington University in Washington DC. As co-host of Parsing Science, a podcast where leading scientist from around the work share the stories behind their research, Ryan (along with Doug Leigh from Pepperdine University) explore science through many disciplinary lenses. Ryan also developed and maintains the social-sharing platform We Share Science, a place for scientists to share video abstracts about their research, and SciencePods, a curated collection of podcasts for scientists.
Ryan teaches in the Educational Technology Leadership (MA) program, and leads the interdisciplinary Human-Technology Collaboration (PhD) program (and its research lab).
Some of his most recent publication include Teaching and Learning with Jupyter (free gitbook), The Art of Knowledge Exchange (World Bank, 2014), available for free online, and A Guide to Assessing Needs: Essential Tools for Collecting Information, Making Decisions, and Achieving Development Results (World Bank, 2012), also available in print and free online. In 2013, A Guide to Assessing Needs was the most read online book available through the World Bank, with more than 57,000 reads.
He is also an author of the world’s top-selling text on e-learning (with more than 150,000 copies in press and in its 4th edition), the E-learning Companion: A Learner’s Guide to Online Success (Houghton Mifflin, 2005, 2007; Cengage 2010, 2013), along with other books including the Handbook for Improving Performance in the Workplace – Volume 2 (Pfieffer/Wiley, 2010), Performance By Design: The systematic selection, design, and development of performance technologies (HRD Press, 2006), and 75 E-learning Activities: Making online courses interactive (Pfieffer, 2005).
Ryan is an active member and past Board member of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), a member and TIG lead in the American Evaluation Association (AEA), and was a vice president of the Inter-American Distance Education Consortium (CREAD). In 2005 Ryan was a visiting scientist with the National Science Foundation (IPA), and he routinely consults on projects with the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank on applying needs assessment, evaluation, instructional design, and performance improvement to international assistance programs (including work in Kenya, Tunisia, China, Mexico, and Laos PRD). Ryan has also facilitated monitoring and evaluation workshops for the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (in Switzerland and China).