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  • Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology
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Research Summary

The research projects conducted in the Advanced Instructional Systems and Technologies (ASSIST) laboratory examine the role of interactive learning technologies in fostering skill development across disciplines. These involve an interdisciplinary team, consisting of educational psychologists, computer scientists, instructors, graduate and undergraduate students, as well as domain experts. To learn more about the lab and opportunities for collaboration, visit us at: assistattheu.com.

Education

  • Ph.D Learning Sciences, Department of Educational Psychology, McGill University
  • M.A. Learning Sciences, Department of Educational Psychology, McGill University
  • B.A. Psychology, Ecole de Psychologie, Universite de Moncton

Biography

Eric Poitras is an Assistant Professor for Instructional Design and Educational Technology in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Utah. He graduated from McGill University, where he earned a graduate degree in the Learning Sciences and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Learning Environments Across Disciplines Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Research Partnership. His research aims to improve the adaptive capabilities of instructional systems and technologies designed as cognitive and metacognitive tools as a means to foster self-regulated learning. In particular, the capabilities of artificial intelligent systems to capture and analyze learner behaviors in order to deliver the most suitable instructional content. His research collaborations span across the domains of medical diagnostic reasoning, historical thinking, critical thinking in natural history and involve the development of educational data mining and learning analytics techniques. His major focus is in the area of teacher professional development and evaluating several research and training platforms, including the nBrowser (intelligent web browser), nViewer (interactive web-based visualization), and Teacher Professional Development portal (e-Learning modules hosted in a content management system).