Christopher Hoadley

Associate Professor of Educational Communication and Technology

Christopher Hoadley

Phone: +1 (646) 997-0734

Dr. Chris Hoadley is associate professor in the Educational Communication and Technology Program, the Program in Digital Media Design for Learning, and the Program on Games for Learning. He has over 35 years experience designing and building educational technology, and has researched connections between technology, learning, and collaboration for 25 years. His research focuses on collaborative technologies, computer support for cooperative learning (CSCL), and design-based research methods, a term he coined in the late 1990s. Hoadley is the director of dolcelab, the Laboratory for Design Of Learning, Collaboration & Experience. He is an affiliate scholar for the National Academy of Engineering's Center for the Advancement of Scholarship in Engineering Education (CASEE) and was awarded a Fulbright for 2008-2009 in the South Asia Regional program to study educational technologies for sustainability and empowerment in rural Himalayan villages. From 2011-2013, he was program director of the Educational Technology programs and founding program director of the Games for Learning program, and on the founding faculty presidium of MAGNET, the Media And Games Network. Since December 2013, he has been on loan to the National Science Foundation as a program officer in the Directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering and the Directorate of Education and Human Resources Division of Research on Learning.

Other interests include research on and through design, systems for supporting social capital and distributed intelligence, the role of informatics and digital libraries in education, and science and engineering education. Hoadley previously chaired the American Educational Research Association's Special Interest Group for Education in Science and Technology (now SIG: Learning Sciences), and served as the first president of the International Society for the Learning Sciences. Hoadley earned his baccalaureate in cognitive science from MIT, and a masters in computer science and doctorate in education from UC Berkeley. He previously taught at Stanford University, Mills College, and Penn State University in education, computer science, and information sciences, and has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and presentations. 


  • 2008 : Fulbright Scholar (South Asia Regional Research Scholar)
  • 2009 : Fine Outreach for Science Fellow
  • 2013 : STAR award: NYU Steinhardt Graduate Student Organization

Video Highlights

Hoadley, C. (2011). Indigenous technology design and its challenges. Invited talk presented at the Berkman Luncheon Series, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2011/09/hoadley

Hoadley, C. (2011). Design, research, and design-based research methods: How can we improve and study how people live and learn with their technology? Talk presented at the Kaput Center STEM Education Colloquium Series, UMass Dartmouth. http://www.kaputcenter.umassd.edu/events/cs/10-11/index.php?event=8_hoadley_042011


Postal mail to:
2 Metrotech Center, 8th Floor
Brooklyn NY 11201

Office address:
MAGNET Room 870 

To email Dr. Hoadley individually, please use the NYU Directory to find his email address. 

Degrees Held

  • S.B. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Cognitive Science, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
  • M.S. University of California, Berkeley
    Computer Science, Computer Science Division, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
    Interdepartmental Graduate Group in Science and Mathematics Education (SESAME)

Selected Presentations

  • Appropriate technology for learning: Not how, but why and for what end?
    Hoadley, C. (2012). Appropriate technology for learning: Not how, but why and for what end? Paper presented at the What education for the future?: Beyond 2015, Rethinking learning in a changing world -- Regional High-Level Expert Meeting, Bangkok, Thailand. Plenary panel presentation retrieved from http://www.unescobkk.org/fileadmin/user_upload/epr/ERF/Conference_docs/ED-Beyong-2015/Conference-doc-Nov2012/2015_brochure_nov_final_edition.pdf
  • LX Design: Evidence Based Learning Solutions
    Hoadley, C. (2013). LX Design: Evidence Based Learning Solutions. Panel presented at SXSWEdu, Austin, TX.
  • Indigenous technology design and its challenges
    Hoadley, C. (2011). Indigenous technology design and its challenges. Paper presented at the Berkman Luncheon Series, Cambridge, MA. Invited talk retrieved from http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2011/09/hoadley

Selected Publications

  • Hoadley, C. & Favaro, S. (in press). Digital Literacy in Higher Education. In J. M. Spector (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Educational Technology. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
  • Honwad, S., Sypher, O. M., Hoadley, C., Lewis, A., Tamminga, K., & Honey, R. (2014). Education for Sustainability and Resilience in a Changing Climate. In J. L. Polman, E. A. Kyza, D. K. O'Neill, I. Tabak, W. R. Penuel, A. S. Jurow, K. O'Connor, T. Lee & L. D'Amico (Eds.), International Conference of the Learning Sciences 2014 (Vol. 3, pp. 1466-1473). Boulder, CO: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Favaro, S., & Hoadley, C. (2014). The Changing Role of Digital Tools and Academic Libraries in Scholarly Workflows: A Review. Nordic Journal of Information Literacy in Higher Education, 6(1), 6-22. (link)
  • Dennen, V. P., & Hoadley, C. (2013). The design of collaborative learning through computer support. In C. E. Hmelo-Silver, C. A. Chinn, C. Chan & A. M. O'Donnell (Eds.), International handbook of collaborative learning (pp. 389-402). New York: Routledge. (view)
  • Hoadley, C., & Fabian, C. (2012). Adolescent girls and technology: Supporting participatory engagement. In A. Minujin (Ed.), Adolescent Girls-Cornerstone of Society: Building Evidence and Policies for Inclusive Societies, pp. 109-117. New York: UNICEF. (view)
  • Hoadley, C. (2012). What is a community of practice and how can we support it? In D. H. Jonassen & S. M. Land (Eds.), Theoretical foundations of learning environments (Second ed., pp. 287-300). New York: Routledge. (view)
  • Hoadley, C. (2011). The lifecycle of knowledge as seen from the learning sciences. Position statement shared at the ReX2: The Re:Enlightenment Exchange. http://www.reenlightenment.org/exchangelondon (view)
  • Lomas, D., Ching, D., Patel, K., Hoadley, C., & Kam, M. (2011). When a console game becomes CSCL: Play, participatory learning and 8-bit home computing in India. In N. Law (Ed.), Proceedings of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning 2011 (pp. 671-675). Hong Kong: International Society of the Learning Sciences. (view)
  • Hoadley, C. & Van Haneghan, J. (2011). The Learning Sciences: Where they came from and what it means for instructional designers. In Reiser, R.A., & Dempsey, J.V. (Eds.) Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology (3rd ed., pp. 53-63). New York: Pearson. (view)
  • Hoadley, C., Honwad, S., & Tamminga, K. (2010). Technology-supported cross-cultural collaborative learning in the developing world. In P. Hinds, A.-M. Søderberg, R. Vatrapu, T. Ishida, M. Maznevski & G. M. Olson (Eds.), Third International Conference on Intercultural Collaboration (pp. 131-140). Copenhagen: Association for Computing Machinery. (link)
  • Hoadley, C., Xu, H., Lee, J. J., & Rosson, M. B. (2010). Privacy as Information Access and Illusory Control: The Case of the Facebook News Feed Privacy Outcry. Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, 9(1), 50-60. [Published online 10 May 2009. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.elerap.2009.05.001] (view)
  • Hoadley, C. (2010). Roles, design, and the nature of CSCL. Computers in Human Behavior, 26, 551-555. [Published online 23 Sept 2009. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2009.08.012 ] (view)
  • Ke, F., & Hoadley, C. (2009). Evaluating Online Learning Communities. Educational Technology Research and Development, 57(4), 487-510. [Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11423-009-9120-2 ] (view)
  • Hoadley, C. (2009). Social Impacts of Mobile Technologies for Children: Keystone or Invasive Species? In A. Druin (Ed.), Mobile Technology for Children (pp. 63-81). Boston: Morgan Kaufmann (Elsevier). (view)
  • Hoadley, C., & Cox, C. D. (2009). What is design knowledge and how do we teach it? In C. diGiano, S. Goldman & M. Chorost (Eds.), Educating Learning Technology Designers: Guiding and Inspiring Creators of Innovative Educational Tools (pp. 19-35). New York: Routledge. (view)
  • Cox, C. D., Harrison, S., & Hoadley, C. (2009). Applying the "studio model" to learning technology design. In C. diGiano, S. Goldman & M. Chorost (Eds.), Educating Learning Technology Designers: Guiding and Inspiring Creators of Innovative Educational Tools (pp. 145-164). New York: Routledge. (view)
  • Ronen Fuhrmann, T., Kali, Y., & Hoadley, C. (2008). Helping education students understand learning through designing. Educational Technology, 48(2), 26-33.
  • Lee, J. J., & Hoadley, C. (2007). Leveraging identity to make learning fun: Possible selves and experiential learning in Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs). Innovate, 3(6). (link)
  • Hoadley, C. (2007). Theories and methods from learning sciences for e-learning. In R. Andrews & C. Haythornthwaite (Eds.), Handbook of E-Learning Research (pp. 139-156). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. (link)

Prior publications

View prior publications at http://www.tophe.net/tophepubs.html


  • EDCT 2195 - Educational communication and technology research (MA Thesis)
  • EDCT 2158 - Educational design for media environments
  • EDCT 2031 - Educational technology in global context
  • EDCT 2174 - Cognitive Science and Educational Technology I
  • EDCT 2251 - Educational design for the WWW 1
  • EDCT 2271 - Educational design for the WWW 2
  • EDCT 2500 - Video Games and Play in Education
  • EDCT 3311 - Content Seminar: Research in Instructional Technology


Series editor (with Naomi Miyake). Springer book series on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning.

Editorial board, Journal of Science Education and Technology (2004-present), International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (2005-present), Journal of the Learning Sciences (2000-2004).

Conference organization:

  • Proceedings chair and editor, CSCL1999, Palo Alto;
  • Doctoral consortium co-chair, ICLS 2002 Conference, Seattle;
  • Workshops co-chair, ICLS 2006 Conference, Bloomington, Indiana.
  • Doctoral consortium co-chair, CSCL 2007, Rutgers, New Jersey.
  • Program co-chair, AERA 2008 Division C Section 5 (Learning Environments),
  • Interactive events co-chair, CSCL 2009, Rhodes, Greece.
  • Associate Chair (specific application areas) for CHI 2010, Atlanta.
  • Doctoral consortium co-chair, CSCL 2011, Hong Kong.

Program committee:

  • EuroCSCL 2001 Conference, Maastricht, Netherlands;
  • Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 2002 Conference, Boulder;
  • International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2004, Santa Monica;
  • International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT) 2004, Jonesuu, Finland;
  • International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE) 2005, Singapore, ICCE 2006, Beijing China, ICCE 2007, Hiroshima, Japan, ICCE 2008, Taipei, Taiwan; ICCE 2011, Chang-Mai, Thailand
  • International Association of Science and Technology for Development Computers and Advanced Technology in Education (IASTED CATE) 2008, Greece; IASTED CATE 2009, US Virgin Islands.