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Dr Mutlu Cukurova
UCL Knowledge Lab, Second Floor
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Associate Professor
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am investigating the potential of analytics and artificial intelligence solutions to support human learning. I am particularly interested in supporting people's ability to learn how to learn and solve complex problems collaboratively. In the big picture, my work aims to address the pressing social-educational challenge of preparing people for a future that will require a great deal more than the routine cognitive skills currently prized by many education systems. My research is interdisciplinary and encompasses research in the learning sciences, computer science, and Human-Computer Interaction. 

At the UCL Knowledge Lab, I manage research projects as an investigator (PI and Co-I), supervise postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers, and teach in the MA in Education and Technology programme. In addition, I am engaged in policy-making activities related to digital technologies for learning as an external expert (including UNESCO, IAEA, and EU external expert groups), part of UCL's Grand Challenges on Transformative Technologies working group, an Editor of the British Journal of Educational Technology and an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction.

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Research Summary

My research work is concentrated on four themes, and I also supervise PhD projects on these topics. 

  • Human-AI collaboration in teaching and learning contexts.


  • Computational and statistical models of collaboration and regulation of learning behaviours of humans with multimodal learning analytics. 


  • Design and use of analytics feedback interventions for reflection, regulation of learning, and effective pedagogical support, as well as their impact in real-world settings.


  • Psychological and socio-scientific challenges in the adoption of AI and analytics technologies in educational practice.

Teaching Summary

I am directing the UCLAT team and I have extensive teaching experience in the fields of Learning Technologies and Analytics. Currently, I am the module leader of the Design and Use of Technologies for Education module in the MA in Education and Technology programme at UCL.

In addition, I completed the Future Academic Leaders programme at UCL which stands as a clear demonstration of my commitment to all the professional values in higher education research and teaching environments. I am also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and this fellowship is a recognition of my excellent teaching practice and a good sign of interest in professional development.


Former PhD Students Supervised to Completion 

Omar Ceja Salgado (2021) - Embodied learning in immersive virtual reality

Veronica Cucuiat (2022) - Data visualisations of students' exploratory learning with physical computing

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