Teaching and learning are at the nexus of UCF’s vision and mission. Unlocking the human
potential within every learner will result in harnessing intellectual capital for solving society’s most challenging problems and saving billions of dollars. Concurrently, some futurists have predicted that technological advances will cause 45 percent of today’s jobs to be replaced by robots in the near future. Even under more conservative assumptions, an innovation economy poses an urgent demand for theory, research, development and application at the nexus of the Learning Sciences and Computational Knowledge. With a focus on how people learn across their lifespan in formal and informal settings, this cluster will leverage current and future partnerships among educators, cognitive psychologists, computer scientists, philosophers and designers. The cluster hopes to bring international recognition to UCF as a leader in theory, research, development and classroom practice regarding the complex and dynamic relations between thinking and problem solving and how people conceptualize and learn.
UCF Colleges, Centers and Units Involved in Learning Sciences
- College of Arts and Humanities
- College of Education and Human Performance
- College of Engineering and Computer Science
- College of Medicine
- College of Nursing
- College of Sciences
- Institute for Simulation and Training
- UCF Connect
- UCF Global
Learn More About Learning Sciences:
- Build a world-class team devoted to becoming a leader in theory, research, development and classroom practice regarding the complex relations between how people learn and the ways in which learning sciences, computational knowledge and data analytics can be applied to thinking, decision-making and problem solving
- Define and select the strategic grand challenges at the nexus of Learning Sciences and Computational Knowledge
- Create transdisciplinary learning opportunities for UCF undergraduate and graduate students, as well as students in DirectConnect to UCF, UCF Global and partner K-12 school districts
- Advance transdisciplinary research, both basic and applied, impacting PK-20 education locally, regionally and globally
- Provide research and development that will guide educational reform at the state, national and international level
More details about the cluster can be found in the Learning Sciences Faculty Cluster Proposal.
We’re Looking for the Best.
Learning Sciences Faculty
The following faculty are involved in developing and guiding the cluster and its efforts.
- Lisa A. Dieker, Pegasus Professor
- Matthew Marino, Associate Professor
- Eleazar Vasquez, Associate Professor and Director
- Malcolm B. Butler, Professor and Program Coordinator
- Megan Nickels, Assistant Professor
- Vicky Zygouris-Coe, Professor and Program Coordinator
The Faculty Cluster Initiative is hiring in nine interdisciplinary areas to advance UCF’s areas of excellence and global impact. We’re looking for leaders to help shape collaborative research and teaching across the university.