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Emma Mercier is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has an appointment in Educational Psychology, as well as affiliations with the Beckman Institute and Illinois Informatics Institute. Her work focuses on collaborative learning and digital learning environments.


Mercier is the program chair of the Digital Environments for Learning, Teaching and Agency (DELTA) program, which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. 

Her research interests are in the social aspects of learning and how technology can be used to support learning and teaching in classrooms.  She particularly asks questions about how learning occurs through social interaction and with technology. Her projects focus on students across a range of grade levels, from elementary to high education, exploring aspects of collaborative learning and classroom technologies. 

Mercier received her PhD in Educational Psychology at Stanford University, and an MA (hons) in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh. She held a research position at Durham University (UK) for four years before joining the College of Education at UIUC. 

View Mercier's c.v. here

Associate Professor

University of Illinois

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