I focus on how people learn about complex phenomena and how technology can help support that learning. As part of this work, I study problem-based learning, collaborative knowledge construction, and computer supported collaborative learning. I study the role of technology to support social knowledge construction and collaborative learning and problem-solving. My research investigates scaffolded support for problem-based learning, the use of video for learning, and complex systems understanding. My current projects include a research synthesis of computer-supported collaborative learning, an international collaboration for technology-supported collaborative learning, collaborative modeling by citizen scientists, and developing adaptive support for collaborative learning in a game-based learning environment. In my most recent work in collaboration with colleagues in informatics, we are exploring how human-centered robotics can help promote STEM engagement and learning in middle and high school youth.
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Yoon, S. A. & Hmelo-Silver, C. E. (in press). What do learning scientists do. Journal of the Learning Sciences. doi.org/10.1080/10508406.2017.1279546
Gray, S., Jordan, R., Crall, A., Newman, G., Hmelo-Silver, C., Huang, J., Novak, W., Mellor, D., Frensley, T., Prysby, M., & Singer, A. (in press). Combining participatory modelling and citizen science to support volunteer conservation action. Biological Conservation. doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.07.037
Hmelo-Silver, C. E., Jordan, R., Eberbach, C., & Sinha, S. (in press). Systems Learning with a Conceptual Representation: A Quasi-experimental Study. Instructional Science.
Gomoll, A., Hmelo-Silver, C. E., Šabanovic, S., & Francisco, M. (2016). Dragons, Ladybugs, and Softballs: Girls’ STEM Engagement with Human-Centered Robotics. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 25, 899-914. DOI 10.1007/s10956-016-9647-z
Hogaboam, P. T., Chen, Y., Hmelo-Silver, C. E., Lajoie, S. P., Bodnar, S., Kazemitabar, M., Wiseman, J., Chan, L. K. (2016), Data Dashboards to Support Facilitating Online Problem-based Learning. Quarterly Review of Distance Education.17(3), 75-91.
Jeong, H. & Hmelo-Silver, C. E. (2016). Seven affordances of CSCL Technology: How can technology support collaborative learning. Educational Psychologist. 51, 247-265.
Bridges, S. M., Chan, L-K., & Hmelo-Silver, C. E. (Eds.). (2016). Educational technologies in medical and health sciences education. New York: Springer.
Jordan, R., Gray, S., Sorenson, A., Newman, G., Mellor, D., Hmelo-Silver, C., LeDeau, S., Biehler, D., & Crall, A. (2016). Studying Citizen Science, Adaptive Management, and Learning Feedback as a Mechanism for Improving Conservation. Conservation Biology, 30, 487-495.
Sinha, S., Rogat, T., Adams-Wiggins, K. R., & Hmelo-Silver, C. E. (2015). Collaborative group engagement in a computer-supported inquiry learning environment. International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, 10, 273-307.
Hmelo-Silver, C. E., Liu, L., Gray, S., & Jordan, R. (2015). Using representational tools to learn about complex systems: A tale of two classrooms. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 52, 6-35.
Walker, A., Leary, H., Hmelo-Silver, C. E., Ertmer, P. A. (2015). Essential Readings in Problem-based Learning. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press.