Department: Educational Psychology
Program Area: Learning Sciences
Dr. Xun Ge earned her Ph.D. in Instructional Systems from the Pennsylvania State University. At the University of Oklahoma, she has been teaching graduate-level courses related to instructional design and technology, as well as cognition and instruction.
Dr. Ge’s scholarship focuses on some interesting dimensions of cognition, metacognition, motivation, and assessment that intersect with each other, in the context of designing, developing, and using emerging learning technologies to create open and constructivist learning environments and advance learning of 21st century skills. Specifically, her research involves design effective scaffolding tools and learning environments to support higher-order thinking, complex problem solving, self-regulation, and co-regulation in various learning environments (e.g., problem-based, project-based, game-based, and community-based) across Science, Technology, Education, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) domains. She has collaborated with faculty and researchers from various disciplines (e.g., computer science, construction science, pharmacy, mechanical engineering) across different institutions and countries and in various educational settings (e.g., from K12 to higher education).
Dr. Ge has maintained strong and active track of scholarly record, which is demonstrated through her publications, presentations, honors, awards, and grant writing activities. She has co-edited 2 major books that were published by Springer, published approximately 47 articles (including in-press) in refereed journals (many of them in top-tier journals with high impact factors), 23 refereed book chapters with prominent publishers (e.g., Springer), not to mention hundreds of conference presentations and proceedings at national and international conferences. She has also guest edited 5 special issues for five major journals. Dr. Ge’s scholarly works have been widely cited. According to Google Scholar, her total citations are 2502 (h-index = 22, i10-index = 37) as of to date. Among some of the highly cited articles, Ge & Land’s (2003) has been cited 541 times and Ge & Land (2004) 468 times as of to date. ResearchGate shows RG Score of 24.13 and h-index of 16, a total of 1411 citations, and 11375 reads.
Currently, Dr. Ge is a co-Principal Investigator for the three-year research project “Learning in Libraries: Guiding Inquiry Making and Learning in School Libraries,” funded by Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) National Leadership Grants for Libraries, in the amount of $540,388. This research investigates the specific characteristics of the Guided Inquiry Design (GID) approach, which is compared with GID with Makerspace learning approach (GID+Making) in K12 schools. Besides, she has also been collaborating with faculty from some other disciplinaries in developing National Science Foundation (NSF) grant proposals, serving as a consultant for an NSF project on the effect of game- and simulated-based learning in the domain of communication. In another joint research project, Dr. Ge has been working with the university’s K20 Center, serving as a research methodologist in leading the investigation effort about the impact of “serious” games on college students’ math performance, critical thinking, self-efficacy, and engagement (i.e., behavioral engagement, cognitive engagement, and emotional engagement).
Dr. Ge has been recognized by several national/international awards for her scholarly accomplishments. She was the recipient of 2003 “Young Scholar Award” granted by the Association of Educational Communications & Technology (AECT). She was also the recipient of AECT “Outstanding Journal Article Awards” multiple times (2004, 2012, and 2019). In addition, she was the recipient of the “2012 Outstanding International Research Collaboration Award” granted by Technology, Instruction, Cognition & Learning (TICL) Special Interest Group, American Educational Research Association (AERA). In 2017, Dr. Ge was the recipient of “Distinguished Paper Award” granted by the Chinese American Educational Research and Development Association (CAERDA). Moreover, Dr. Ge was selected as a recipient of the Henry Daniel Rinsland Memorial Award for Excellence in Educational Research by her institution in 2015.
Dr. Ge’s international recognition is further evidenced by her invited scholarly visits abroad. Sponsored by Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr. Ge was invited as a visiting scholar in 2017 to give seminars at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, National Taichung University of Science and Technology, and National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan. In the same year, Dr. Ge was also honored with the titles of “Faculty Visitor” and “Robert Black College Outstanding Visiting Fellow” by the University of Hong Kong (HKU), where she visited and gave research seminars and held several mentoring sessions to their doctoral students.
Dr. Ge is the Co-Editor of Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning and Associate Editor of Knowledge Management & E-Learning. Furthermore, she has also been serving as an editorial board member for several top-tier journals: Contemporary Educational Psychology, Educational Technology Research & Development, Instructional Science, Technology, Knowledge, and Learning, and The Internet and Higher Education. Additionally, Dr. Ge has been active in her professional organizations. For example, she has been elected as the AECT’s President-Elect Designate to serve as the president in 2020-2021; and she had also served as Chair (2015-2018) and Treasurer/Secretary (2010-2012) for AERA’s Problem-based Education Special Interest Group (SIG-PBE).
Dr. Ge has a number of active research projects, including:
- Makerspace learning with guided inquiry design
- The role of prior knowledge in ill-structured problem solving
- The role of epistemic beliefs in search patterns in information problem solving
- Career-sustained competencies in engineering education
- Impact of immersive virtual reality on perception, mental model, problem solving, and decision making
- Space learning design, group collaboration, co-regulation, and problem solving
If you are interested in any of these projects, feel free to contact Dr. Xun Ge at email@example.com to join one of her teams.