Cindy Hmelo-Silver

Cindy Hmelo-Silver

Director, Center for Research on Learning and Technology

Professor, Learning Sciences

Barbara B. Jacobs Chair in Education and Technology, School of Education


  • 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

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.