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Christopher Hoadley

Associate Professor of Learning Sciences/Educational Technology

Administration, Leadership, and Technology

+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 at New York University. He has over 40 years experience designing and building educational technology, and has researched connections between technology, learning, and collaboration for over 30 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 a fellow of the International Society for the Learning Sciences (ISLS) and was an affiliate scholar for the National Academy of Engineering's Center for the Advancement of Scholarship in Engineering Education (CASEE). Hoadley was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in the South Asia Regional Research program to study educational technologies for sustainability and empowerment in rural Himalayan villages in 2008-2009. From 2011-2013, he was program director of the Educational Technology programs at NYU and founding program director of the Games for Learning program, and on the founding faculty presidium of MAGNET, the NYU Media And Games Network. From 2013-2016, he was on loan to the National Science Foundation as the program director in charge of the Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies program 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 co-founder and 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.

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Selected Publications

  • Series editor for Springer CSCL Book Series
  • Vogel, S., Hoadley, C., Ascenzi-Moreno, L., Menken, K. (2019). The role of translanguaging in computational literacies. In Hawthorn, E., Pérez-Quiñones, M., Heckman, S., and Zhang, J. (Eds.) Proceedings of the SIGCSE (Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education) 2019 Technical Symposium (pp. 1164-1170). Minneapolis: ACM Press. doi:10.1145/3287324.3287368 (preprint).
  • Hoadley, C. (in press). A short history of the learning sciences. In F. Fischer, C. E. Hmelo-Silver, S. R. Goldman & P. Reimann (Eds.), International Handbook of the Learning Sciences (pp. 11-23). New York: Routledge. (preprint)
  • Ince, S. Favaro, Hoadley, C., & Kirschner, P. A. (2018). The role of libraries in teaching doctoral students to become information-literate researchers: A review of existing practices and recommendations. Journal of Information and Learning Science doi:10.1108/ILS-07-2018-0058 (EarlyCite version)
  • Favaro Ince, S., Hoadley, C., & Kirschner, P. A. (2018). A Study of Search Practices in Doctoral Student Scholarly Workflows CHIIR '18 Proceedings of the 2018 Conference on Human Information Interaction & Retrieval (pp. 245-248). New Brunswick NJ: ACM Press. (link)
  • Hoadley, C. (2017). How participatory design has influenced the learning sciences. In B. DiSalvo, J. Yip, E. Bonsignore & C. DiSalvo (Eds.), Participatory Design for Learning (pp. 22-27). New York: Routledge. (view)
  • Hoadley, C., DiSalvo, C., & Yip, J. (2017). Conversation: Viewing participatory design from the learning sciences and the field of design. In B. DiSalvo, J. Yip, E. Bonsignore & C. DiSalvo (Eds.), Participatory Design for Learning (pp. 28-42). New York: Routledge. (view)


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