Dr. Ryan Walker

Dr. Ryan Walker


  • Faculty


  • Associate Professor




  • Memorial Hall

Dr. Ryan Walker is a prominent figure at Mississippi State University's College of Professional and Continuing Studies, where his work stands at the intersection of technology and education. Specializing in the innovative use of Virtual Reality (VR) technology within educational settings, Dr. Walker's expertise spans the development and implementation of VR curricula, significantly enhancing the learning experience across various disciplines.

As a Research Fellow for the National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center (nSPARC), he has made notable contributions to experiential learning initiatives, particularly within STEM career pathways. His work is characterized by a strong commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in educational contexts. Dr. Walker's research endeavors have focused on critical areas such as micro-credentials, internships, and assistantships, playing a vital role in bridging the gap between education and workforce development.

In response to the challenges posed by COVID-19, Dr. Walker leveraged VR technology to pioneer immersive and synchronous instructional methods, effectively simulating the dynamics of traditional classroom environments in a digital format. His collaboration with Optima Ed marked a significant milestone in educational technology through the establishment of the world's first VR school. This initiative not only showcased the potential of VR in revolutionizing distance learning but also underscored Dr. Walker's ability to translate theoretical knowledge into practical, impactful educational tools.


Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Arkansas

  • PCS 4103/6103 Content Creation in Virtual Reality
  • PCS 4113/6113 Development and Delivery of Virtual Reality Experiences