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Cluster Leads:

Roger Azevedo, Ph.D.

Professor of Learning Sciences and Educational Research

Charlie Hughes, Ph.D.

Pegasus Professor of Computer Science

Technology is constantly changing and so is the way we use it to learn. UCF’s Learning Sciences cluster not only develops new technology to improve learning outcomes but also explores how we interact with and learn using machines.

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.

This cluster focuses on how people learn across their lifespan in formal and informal settings and leverages theory, research and applied knowledge from the fields of education, cognitive psychology, computer science, philosophy and design.

Learning Sciences Research



  • “Analyzing multimodal multichannel data about self-regulated learning with advanced learning technologies: Issues and challenges”, Roger Azevedo, Ph.D., Computers in Human Behavior , 96, 207-210: May, 2019
  • Self-regulation in computer-assisted learning systems, Roger Azevedo, Ph.D., Michelle Taub, Ph.D.: Handbook of cognition and education (pp. 587-618) Cambridge University Press, 2019
  • “The agency effect: The impact of student agency on learning, emotions, and problem-solving behaviors in a game-based learning environment”, Michelle Taub, Ph.D., Roger Azevedo, Ph.D., Computers & Education 147: Dec, 2019
  • “Circle of trust: A new approach to mobile online safety for families”, Charlie Hughes, Ph.D., CHI '20: Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Pages 1-14: Apr, 2020
  • “Using digital puppetry to prepare physicians to address non-suicidal self-injury among teens”, Charlie Hughes, Ph.D., Lisa A. Dieker, Ph.D., Lecture Notes in Computer Science vol 11572, 555-568: Jul, 2019

Learning Sciences Degree Programs

The Learning Sciences track in the Education PhD program will expose students to key components of research on learning with training on using big data for research on learning analytics and data science for focus on learning for humans and machines. For more programs, search UCF programs below.

Learning Sciences Faculty