The Department of Learning Sciences offers degree programs, certificate programs and professional development opportunities in four primary fields: Applied behavior analysis, educational psychology, learning technologies and special education. Graduates pursue careers at universities, research labs, school systems, business and industry, government agencies and more.
Faculty receives grant funding from the Spencer Foundation to study how students become leaders when learning online. Read more »
At its core, the Department of Learning Sciences is focused on better understanding how people learn and how to design innovative learning environments.
Our faculty, students and staff strive to better understand and support the learning process and their research, teaching and service reflect that goal.
"I’ve become really interested in the science behind teaching, learning and motivation through my experiences as a special education teacher."
The maker movement is a growing community of individuals who engage in making, which is the construction, deconstruction, or remixing of physical or digital artifacts. Our research explores how learning is impacted when students engage in the active construction of public digital and/or physical artifacts, and what teaching infrastructures are needed to support the development of such learning environments.