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Cindy Hmelo-Silver
Barbara B. Jacobs Chair of Education and Technology and Professor of Learning Sciences
Eigenmann Hall Room 543
Phone : (812) 856-8335
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Department:  Counseling and Educational Psychology
Affiliations:  Learning Sciences , Center for Research on Learning and Technology
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About Me | Degrees


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. 




See the 4C lab site to find out more about our work.

Recent Publications

Yoon, S. A. & Hmelo-Silver, C. E. (in press). What do learning scientists do. Journal of the Learning Sciences.


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.


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.

Walker, A., Leary, H., Hmelo-Silver, C. E., Ertmer, P. A. (2015).  Essential Readings in Problem-based Learning. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press. 


Ph.D. Vanderbilt University

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