Dr. Kui Xie is involved in several projects in collaboration with experts from fields such as computer science and engineering, social science, psychology, and cognitive science. The driving question behind his current research is how to design, develop, and integrate innovative technology capable of promoting students’ motivation and cognitive engagement in computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) activities to achieve a positive impact on human learning. By integrating advanced computing technologies (e.g., artificial intelligence, web 2.0 techniques, etc.), he believes collaborative learning can be more pertinent and manageable in authentic teaching and learning practice. The advanced computing technologies can be used as not only communication or productive tools, but also cognitive tools to promote motivation for learning, to facilitate hands-on, and to provide scaffoldings for complex cognitive activities. He believes that the CSCL environments also have the capacity to provide analytical insights and afford new analytical methodologies (such as learning analytics and social network analysis) to better inform educational research and instructional design. Dr. Xie’s research will systemically bring motivation and cognitive support to CSCL.
PhD, Instructional Psychology and Technology, University of Oklahoma