The mission of the Center for Educational Informatics (CEI) is to design, develop, and investigate next-generation learning technologies. CEI’s research on advanced learning technologies is broadly interdisciplinary and occupies the intersection of Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence, Human-Computer Interaction) and Education (Learning Sciences, Educational Psychology, STEM Education).

  • Learning Technology Innovation: We design and develop next-generation adaptive learning environments. With a focus on personalized learning, we create innovative enabling technologies for learner-adaptive education. Research thrusts range from intelligent game-based learning environments and affective computing to virtual humans for learning and teaching, computational models of interactive narrative, and natural language tutorial dialogue.
  • Technology-Rich Learning Research: We conduct foundational research on technology-rich learning. With a focus on K-12 STEM education, we conduct both lab-based and classroom-based studies to understand 1) how students learn with adaptive learning technologies, and 2) how to design the next generation of learning technologies that create the most engaging learning experiences with the highest levels of achievement.
  • Learning Environment Development &¬†Implementation: We create advanced learning environments for a broad array of student populations, content areas, and target applications. With curricular coverage including the physical and biological sciences, computer science, literacy, and healthcare, we develop learning environments and support multi-platform implementations in K-12 schools, colleges, universities, museums, and health clinics.

With a wide portfolio of broadly interdisciplinary projects, we are creating scalable, adaptive learning technologies for the classrooms, homes, and museums of tomorrow.