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Cindy Hmelo-Silver

Professor Learning Sciences
Director Center for Research on Learning and Technology
Office: Eigenmann Hall Room 543
Phone: (812) 856-2363


  • B.S., Cardiorespiratory Sciences, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1978
  • M.S., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1985
  • Ph.D., Cognitive Studies, Vanderbilt University, 1994

Research Interests

Learning Sciences

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.