Learning Sciences Initiative

In collaboration with UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, and School of Architecture and Planning, the Graduate School of Education recently launched the Learning Sciences Initiative. 

Focused on integrative learning sciences scholarship, the initiative will assemble a group of prominent faculty in the disciplines of learning sciences, human-computer partnerships, cognitive science and psychology, design, and learning environments.

The interdisciplinary group of researchers will strive to build a community whose knowledge and ideas will lead to improvements in learning and learning environments in K-12 and higher education through the application and development of cutting-edge technologies and pedagogies across the educational lifespan while also considering the vital need to eliminate persistent inequities.


Portrait of Christopher Hoadley.

Initiative Director

Christopher Hoadley, PhD, an expert in designing collaborative technologies and enhancing computer support for collaborative learning, joined the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education in September, 2022. Hoadley began his joint appointment as a professor in UB’s Department of Learning and Instruction and Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He is also affiliated with the Department of Information Science.

Affiliated Faculty

Faculty represent UB departments including architecture, computer science and engineering, engineering education, information science, learning and instruction, and psychology.

College of Arts and Sciences

Graduate School of Education

School of Architecture and Planning

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Initiative News



Our doctoral program in curriculum, instruction and the science of learning is a multidisciplinary program that focuses on addressing practical educational problems through research in diverse contexts for learning and teaching.

In this program, you can:

Customize the program to meet your particular research and career interests, or follow the general track for an an innovative interdisciplinary focus; if you customize the program, you can choose from these concentrations:

  1. Elementary education
  2. English education
  3. Learning sciences   
  4. Literacy and reading education
  5. Mathematics education
  6. Science education
  7. Social studies education

Faculty Research Projects