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Xun Ge


Xun Ge

Department: Educational Psychology
Program Area: Instructional Psychology and Technology
Phone: 405-325-8418

Dr. Ge teaches graduate courses related to cognition and instruction, instructional design, particularly designing open-ended learning environments for various contexts, including problem- and project-based learning, multimedia learning, virtual learning communities, and game-based learning.

Dr. Ge's primary research interest involves scaffolding students’ complex and ill-structured problem solving and self-regulated learning through designing instructional scaffolds, cognitive tools, learning technologies, and open learning environments (e.g., virtual learning community, game-based learning, inquiry-based learning, and problem-based learning). Dr. Ge is a productive scholar, and her works have been published in 2 edited books, 17 book chapters, and about 50 journal articles, let alone over one hundred and conference presentations and proceedings.

Currently, Dr. Ge is working with her collaborators from OU and Norman Public Schools on a project investigating the impact of guided inquiry design for makerspace, funded by Institute of Museum and Library Services. In addition, she is also working on several other projects, such as interdisciplinary problem-based learning, the roles of prior knowledge and epistemic beliefs on students’ deep learning and ill-structured problem solving, the interrelationship between self-regulation and ill-structured problem solving.    

Dr. Ge is the recipient of several prestigious awards: 2003 “Young Scholar Award” (Educational Technology Research & Development, Association for Educational Communications and Technology), 2004 “Outstanding Journal Article Award”, 2012 “Outstanding Journal Article Award” (Design & Development Division, Association for Educational Communications and Technology), 2016 “Outstanding International Research Collaboration Award” (Technology, Instruction, Cognition & Learning Special Interest Group, American Educational Research Association), and 2017 “Distinguished Paper Award” (Chinese American Educational Research and Development Association).

Dr. Ge is the former department chair and she has served on a variety of committees within the college and on campus.  Nationally and internationally, Dr. Ge has also been serving on the editorial board of several prestigious journals, including Contemporary Educational Psychology, Educational Technology Research & Development, Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning (past), and Technology, Knowledge, and Learning. Additionally, she has also served as a panel reviewer for other primary journals in the field of educational psychology and technology, such as Instructional Science, Teaching & Teacher Education, and Computer & Education. Dr. Ge is currently the Chair for the Problem-based Education Special Interest Group for the American Educational Research Association.

Research Interests

  • Design instructional scaffolds, cognitive tools, and computer-supported learning environments to develop students' reasoning, problem-solving, and metacognitive skills
  • Assess complex, ill-structured problem-solving processes and skills
  • Examine the interactions between learners' cognition and motivation in various learning environments
  • Expertise development
  • omplex and ill-structured problem solving and self-regulation