Dr. Fiorella is interested in what students and instructors can do to promote understanding in STEM. One line of research focuses on learning strategies, such as how students select, regulate, and execute strategies during learning, and the factors contributing to students' strategy use. Another line of research focuses on instructional methods, such as how to use graphics to support learning, how social cues can be incorporated within online and video-based instruction, and how to teach students to regulate their own learning more effectively.
Dr. Fiorella received his B.S. in psychology and M.S. in modeling and simulation from the University of Central Florida. While at UCF, he worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Simulation and Training. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was advised by Dr. Richard Mayer.