Roy Pea

Director, H-STAR, David Jacks Professor of Education and Professor, by courtesy, of Computer Science

D.Phil., Oxon., University of Oxford, England, Developmental Psychology (1978)
Bachelor of Arts, Michigan State University, "Cognition" - Dual Major in Philosophy, Psychology, Minor in Linguistics (Highest Honors ) (1974)
Concentration Advising in:
Academic Appointments
Professor, Graduate School of Education
Professor (By courtesy), Computer Science
Faculty Affiliate, Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)
Member, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute
Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations
Advisory Board, Education Programs, Education Programs, University of the People (, the World’s First Tuition-Free Accredited Online University. (2018 - Present)
Advisory Board, (2009 - Present)
National Advisory Board, Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop (2010 - Present)
Advisory Board, Databrary, An NSF-NIH funded Project for creating an open video library of shared developmental science data and video coding tools. (2013 - 2018)
Advisory Board, Education and Human Resources Directorate, National Science Foundation (2012 - 2019)
Advisory Board, (2010 - 2013)
Executive Committee, Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) (2013 - Present)
NSF Task Force for Cyberlearning and Workforce Development, National Science Foundation (2010 - 2011)
Advisory Board, STELLAR Network (2010 - 2013)
International Scientific Advisory Board, CICERO Learning Network, Finland (2007 - 2012)
Honors & Awards
McGraw Education Prize, U. Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education (2022)
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2019->)
Inaugural Fellow, International Society of the Learning Sciences (2018->)
Best Paper Award: "Collaboration Sensing" (with Schneider, B., Abu-El-Haija, S., Reesman, J.), Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK13) (2013)
Visiting Fellow, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (2008-2009)
Fellow, American Educational Research Association (2008)
Faculty Research Award, IBM (2005-2006)
President, International Society for the Learning Sciences (2004-2005)
Fellow, World Technology Network Award (2002)
Fellow, National Academy of Education (2002)
Roy Pea is David Jacks Professor of Education & Learning Sciences at Stanford University, School of Education, and Computer Science (Courtesy), and has been Director of the H-STAR Institute, Wallenberg Hall, 450 Serra Mall, Bldg. 160, Stanford, CA 94305; roypea [at] (roypea[at]stanford[dot]edu). His studies and publications in the learning sciences focus on advancing theories, research, tools and social practices of technology-enhanced learning of complex domains, including his role as Co-Director and Co-PI of the NSF-funded LIFE Center (2004-2014), which sought to develop and test principles about the social foundations of human learning in informal and formal environments with the goal of enhancing human learning from infancy to adulthood. He is also founder and Director of Stanford’s PhD program in Learning Sciences and Technology Design. He is co-author of the 2010 National Education Technology Plan for the US Department of Education, co-editor of Mirrors of Minds: Patterns of Experience in Educational Computing (1987), Video Research in the Learning Sciences (2007), Learning Analytics in Education (2018), The Routledge Handbook of the Cultural Foundations of Learning (2020), AI in Education (2022), and co-author of the National Academy of Sciences books: How People Learn (2000), and Planning for Two Transformations in Education and Learning Technology (2003). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Education, Association for Psychological Science, the American Educational Research Association, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. In 2004-2005, Roy was President of the International Society for the Learning Sciences. Roy served from 1999-2009 as a Director for Teachscape, a video-based teacher professional development services company he co-founded with CEO Mark Atkinson.

Research Interests