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Dr. Kui Xie is the Cyphert Distinguished Professor in Department of Educational Studies at The Ohio State University (OSU). He earned his Ph.D. in Instructional Psychology and Technology from University of Oklahoma. Prior to joining in the faculty at OSU, he worked at Mississippi State University, where he received his tenure and was promoted to associate professor in 2012. Dr. Xie is a member of the Editorial Board Contemporary Educational Psychology. He serves as the president for American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group Design and Technology, and the section chair for AERA Division C Section 3.A. Learning Environments. In 2015, Xie was named the Ted and Lois Cyphert Distinguished Professor (see EHE News).

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, web2.0 techniques, and 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 also 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.

Dr. Xie is leading The Research Laboratory for Digital Learning at OSU. In order to achieve his research goal, he decomposed his research focus into the following areas:


–  Motivation, engagement, and self-Regulation in digital learning
–  Computer-supported collaborative learning
–  Learning analytics and modeling
–  Experience-sampling research methodology
–  Educational games and learning
–  Digital learning design and implementation
–  Teacher technology professional development

Dr. Kui Xie is involved in several projects in collaboration with experts from various fields, such as, computer science and engineering, social science, psychology and cognitive science. He welcomes collaboration opportunities. Please feel free to contact him by email for potential research collaboration.


In the News and Media

Will Technology Kill Universities? Teachers and physical classrooms won’t go away. TIME (March, 2015)

Ohio State learning technology goes abroad in EHE News (August, 2016)

The Performance and Outcomes of Online Schools in NPR Radio “All Sides with Ann Fisher” (May, 2016)

Expert opinions on Computer-Based Learning in National Public Radio (NPR) news (October, 2014)

All About EHE: The Research Laboratory for Digital Learning in EHE News (September, 2015) 

New app to help teachers boost preschool literacy in EHE News (September, 2015)

Xie named Cyphert Distinguished Professor to augment teaching and learning in EHE News (August, 2015)

Smoothing schools’ transition to digital curriculum in EHE News (June, 2014)

Making an impact on students’ motivation while learning online in EHE News (June, 2013)

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