Dr. Fiorella's research explores the cognitive science of student learning and its intersection with educational technology. His work primarily focuses on instructional methods and learning strategies for fostering meaningful learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. At the core of this research is the issue of transfer: How can we help students apply what they have learned to new situations?
Broadly, two interrelated issues guide his research: 1) how to design effective multimedia learning environments and 2) how to help students use effective learning strategies.
Dr. Fiorella received his B.S. in psychology and M.S. in modeling and simulation from the University of Central Florida. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.