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Dr. Kui Xie is the Cyphert Distinguished Professor and chair of the Learning Technologies program in Department of Educational Studies at The Ohio State University. He also is director of The Research Laboratory for Digital Learning at OSU. He earned his Ph.D. in Instructional Psychology and Technology from University of Oklahoma. Xie is a member of the editorial board of Contemporary Educational Psychology. He served as president for American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group Design and Technology, and section chair for AERA Division C Section 3.A. Learning Environments. In 2015, Xie was named the Ted and Lois Cyphert Distinguished Professor. In 2017, Xie received the EHE Distinguished Research Award from The Ohio State University. He also received a Chang Jiang Scholar Award from the Chinese Ministry of Education.

The driving question behind his current research is how to design, develop and integrate innovative technology capable of promoting students’ motivation and engagement in digital learning to achieve a positive impact on student success. By integrating advanced computing technologies (e.g., artificial intelligence, web2.0 techniques, and etc.), he believes digital 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 digital 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 motivational and cognitive support to digital learning.

In order to achieve his research goal, his research focuses on the following areas:

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

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 

Distinguished professor wins China’s top higher education award in EHE News (July, 2017) 

Textbooks in The Digital World. The Conversation (June, 2017)

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)

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)

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

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

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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