Informal Learning

Science learning and visualizations

Mathematics learning

Video-based learning

Learning communities

Cognitive Skills

Learning to program
Logo Project
Learning to Program


Professor of Education and Learning Sciences
Stanford University

Grants and Professional Activities

DIVER ROMP (Research in Online Media Personalization). Stanford Media X Program Grant. AOL-Time Warner Partnership, PI: Roy Pea, $40,000.

LIFE Center (Learning in Informal and Formal Environments). National Science Foundation Science of Learning Center. Stanford Co-PI, with PI John Bransford (U. Washington), and Co-PIs Patricia Kuhl and Andrew Meltzoff (UW), Nora Sabelli (SRI International). Approximately $25.0 Million for first five years.

Biological bases of alphanumeric learning interventions. National Science Foundation, ROLE Program (Research On Learning and Education). With PI Bruce McCandless (Cornell University Medical College) and Co-PI Dan Schwartz, Stanford (Co-PI). Approximately $2.2 Million.

Group Diving: Distributed collaborative work on video documents. Stanford Media X Program Grant, Cisco Partnership. PI: Roy Pea ($35,000)

User interface principles for mobile phone diving on videorecords. Stanford Media X Program Grant, Nokia Partnership. PI: Roy Pea ($35,000)

ROLE: Implementation of an American-German research network in the field of technology-supported education. National Science Foundation, Co-PI (with CMU’s Ken Koedinger, $97,468).

A Digital Video Collaboratory to Integrate IT Innovations in Video Analysis, Sharing and Collaboration into Scientific Research Communities. Award: ITR-0326497, National Science Foundation, Information Technology Research. PI: Roy Pea, with Brian MacWhinney, CMU (Co-PI), $1,000,000.

Applied Mobile Technology Solutions in Learning Environments. Hewlett-Packard, Equipment Grant to Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning. PI: Roy Pea ($220,000).

Accelerating the Usefulness of Video Libraries through HyperDiving. Stanford Media X Program Grant, KDDI Partnership. PI: Roy Pea ($30,000)

DIVER: Distributed Collaborative Analysis of Video Records in the Human Sciences. Award: REC-234456, National Science Foundation, PI: Roy Pea ($97,133).

Development of a High-Performance Digital Video Collaboratory (DVC) for Learning Sciences Research. Award: BCS-0216334. National Science Foundation, MRI (Major Research Instrumentation) Program, PI: Roy Pea ($455,684).

Institutional Development Grant for the Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning. PI: Roy Pea ($400,000).

Making SENS: Science Education Networks of Sensors. Stanford University Media X Program Grant, Omron Partnership. PI: Roy Pea ($64,000).

Educational Software Components of Tomorrow (ESCOT): A Testbed for Sustainable Development of Reusable, Interoperable Objects for Middle School Mathematics Reform. National Science Foundation, KDI Program, Co-Principal Investigator: with J. Roschelle, C. DiGiano, J. Kaput ($2,354,754; includes 2000 EHR supplemental award for $359,754)

The WorldWatcher Curriculum: Integrating Visualization into Inquiry-Based Science Learning. National Science Foundation, ESI Program, Award #ESI-9720687, D. Gordin and R. Pea, SRI Subcontract to Principal Investigators D. C. Edelson and L.M. Gomez, Northwestern University ($2,116,571 total; SRI subcontract: $488,461)

Center for Innovative Learning Technologies. National Science Foundation, LIS Program, Award #CDA-9720384. Principal Investigator and Director, with Co-PIs J. Bransford, M. Linn, B. Means, R. Tinker. ($7,485,000; includes Achievement Based Renewal, $1,650,000)

Center for Innovative Learning Technologies (Planning Grant). National Science Foundation, CRLT Program, Award #CDA-9616584). Principal Investigator, with J. Bransford, M. Linn, B. Means ($49,967).

Toward a General Scientific Visualization Architecture for Education. National Science Foundation, Advanced Applications of Technology, Award # AAT-94-53715. Co-Principal Investigator, with D. Edelson. ($745,888; ‘97-98 SRI Subcontract).

The CoVis Testbed: Towards a National Science Education Collaboratory. National Science Foundation, Networking Infrastructures in Education, Award #RED-94-54729. Co-Principal Investigator, with L. Gomez. ($3,539,105; ‘96-97 SRI subcontract).

Augmenting the Collaborative Visualization Learning Network. National Science Foundation, Networking Infrastructures in Education. Co-Principal Investigator, with L. Gomez. ($301,858 supplement to Award #RED-9253462.)

Learning through Collaborative Visualization: Experiments in the Design of Distributed Expertise for Science Learning. National Science Foundation, Applications of Advanced Technologies, Award #RED-9253462. Principal Investigator. ($2,040,000; over $1 million in corporate support from Ameritech; Apple Computer; Bellcore; Farallon Computing; Sony; Sun Microsystems).

Cognitive Processes in Understanding and Using Scientific Diagrams. National Science Foundation, Science and Engineering Education Directorate, Basic Research on Teaching and Learning. Principal Investigator. ($731,423 total; $84,191 NSF addendum; $40,000 Apple Computer Equipment Grant).

MediaWorks Project: Learning through Multimedia Composing. Apple Computer,

Advanced Technology Group. Principal Investigator. (Over $100,000 in research equipment from External Research; $97,000 from Apple Classroom of Tomorrow.)

VideoNoter: Situating learning with multimedia analysis of human activities. ($25,000 from Apple Classroom of Tomorrow Project; Principal Investigator)

The State of the Art in Educational Technology Research and Development. (Co-principal investigator with E. Soloway). U. S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment, Cognitive Systems, Inc. (New Haven CT). ($7,000)

Intelligent Tools for Education. (Principal Investigator). Spencer Foundation Award, New York University ($8,100).

Learning General Thinking Skills with Computers. (Principal Investigator). Spencer Foundation Award, New York University ($99,800).

Inquire: Software Tools for Science Education. (Co-Principal Investigator, with J. Hawkins). National Science Foundation, Bank Street College ($786,051).

Cognitive Skills for an Information Age: Problem Solving. (Principal Investigator). IBM University Research, Bank Street College ($315,000 research funds; $241,000 equipment grant).

The Demands and Cognitive Consequences of Learning to Program .(with D. M. Kurland). National Institute of Education #NIE-400-83-0016 ($286,795).

1983 Applying Cognitive Science to Cognitive Technologies for Writing Development. Solicited Sloan Foundation Workshop Proposal (with D. M. Kurland). ($20,000).

The Impact of a Classroom Computer Experience on Children’s Problem-Solving, Planning, and Peer Collaboration. (Co-Principal Investigator, with K. Sheingold). Spencer Foundation. ($357,498).

Analysis of the Development of Deductive Reasoning and Instructional Applications. (Research Associate in collaboration with R. Falmagne). National Science Foundation Research In Science Education #SED-80-21459. ($117,876).

Cognitive Organization in Children’s Word Knowledge. (Principal Investigator). Clark University Biomedical Research #C-7-0717702. ($1000).


American Association for Artificial Intelligence
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
AERA, Education in Science and Technology SIG (Chair, 1990-1992)
American Meteorological Society, Education
American Psychological Society, Fellow
Association for Computing Machinery (SIGCHI)
Cognitive Science Society
Internet Society
National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST)


Consulting and Advisement

1998-present. Integrated Media Systems Center, University of Southern California (a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center). Board of Councillors.
1998-1992. Canadian TeleLearning Network for Centres of Excellence (Expert Advisory Board).
1997-2000. Lego Mindstorms, International Advisory Board.
1994-1996. Ameritech, Executive Education Advisory Board.
1994-1996. State of Illinois, Educational Technology Committee (Appointed by Governor Jim Edgar).
1989-1996. Anchored Instruction: Learning Mathematics and Science through Videodisc (The Jasper Project). Cognition and Technology Group at Vanderbilt University, funded by the National Science Foundation. Senior Advisor.
1993-1996. Center for Children and Technology, National Design Experiments Consortium (NDEC).
1992-1994. LabNet2: Toward a community of practice for science teaching. Advisory Panel Member, Technical Education Research Center (TERC, Cambridge MA). Funded by the National Science Foundation.
1992-1994. Educational Testing Service, Reasoning in Context Committee, Princeton NJ.
1990-1995. University of Pittsburgh, Learning Research and Development Center. National Research Advisory Board for QUASAR Project (Quantitative Understanding: Amplifying Student Achievement and Reasoning), funded by Ford Foundation.
1988-1993. Bank Street College of Education, Center for Technology in Education, National Advisory Board (CTE was the US Department of Education’s national center).
1988-1990. Institute for Research on Learning, Governing Board, Carnegie Consortium Toward the Scientific Practice of Science Education.

Selected University Service at Northwestern University

1994-1996 Chair, Campus-Wide Cognitive Science Committee (Provost Appointment)
1994-1995 Provost’s Committee on Writing (led to a new Center for the Writing Arts, a campus-wide initiative across schools to organize undergraduate programs and campus intellectual life contributing to the writing arts)
1992-1995 Provost’s Instructional Computing Task Force
1992-1993 University Strategic Planning Task Force, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School
1993-1995 President’s Public Policy Council
1991-1993 Chair, Learning Sciences Program, and Search Committees

Cambridge University Press: Co-Editor with Lucy Suchman and Christian Heath (and emeritus John Seely Brown) of book series on “Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive, and Computational perspectives” (1987-present; approximately 25 published titles)
Teachers College Press. “Ways of Knowing in Science” Book Series (Editorial Board, 1992-present).
Interactive Learning Environments (Associate Editor, Kluwer Press)
International Journal of Computers for Mathematical Learning (Editorial Board, 1997-99)
Journal of Learning Sciences (Editorial Board, Erlbaum Press)
Journal of Science Education and Technology (Editorial Board)

Selected Leadership Activities and Services with Foundations, Government Agencies, or Professional Associations
2001- E-Learning Executive Board, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
2000-2003 California Council on Science and Technology (
1999 Third International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL99), Co-Chair, Stanford University (December 12-15, 1999).
1998-1999 Committee on Learning Research and Educational Practice. National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council, Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (CBSSE), Washington, DC.
1995-1997 Committee on Developments in the Science of Learning. National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council, CBSSE, Washington, DC.
1994-1995 Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, Program Committee, Indiana University (October 1995 International Conference)
1994 Mellon Foundation and Russell Sage Foundation, Program Review
1993, 1988 MacArthur Foundation, Education Program Advisement
1991-1992 Sloan Foundation , Education Program Advisement
1990-1992 American Educational Research Association, Chair, Special Interest Group on Education in Science and Technology (150 members)
1989 American Education Research Association, Assistant Chair, Division C: Learning and Instruction
1986-1988 U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, Program Review
1989 Hypertext ‘89, Program Committee, Second ACM Conference on Hypertext
1987-1990 McDonnell Foundation, Advisory Review Panel for Grants Program in Cognitive Studies in Educational Practice
1983-1993 National Science Foundation, Human Resources and Education, Basic Research on Teaching and Learning, Review Panel
1988-1996 National Science Foundation, Science and Engineering Education, Applications of Advanced Technologies