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With a recently expanded cluster of over fifteen full-time faculty in the Learning Sciences from around the world and a large endowment, the Werklund School of Education’s Learning Sciences program is one of the largest, most diverse, and fastest growing learning sciences programs in the world. Our faculty and students represent over 20 countries.

The Learning Sciences specialization is committed to engaging deeply in research-informed, research-active, and research-promotive programs for the purpose of developing and improving theories and practices of learning and scholarship. The program builds on foundational commitments to interdisciplinarity and design with deep understandings that the most pressing challenges facing our world are simultaneously cultural, social, technological, and critical.

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Research Areas for Working with Doug Clark

My research spans multiple areas, and I look for students who are interested in working with me in one or more of these general areas. Historically, my research has focused heavily in two general areas:

  1. Designing simulations, games, and multimedia inquiry environments for science learning (e.g.,
  2. Engaging students in explanation and argumentation alone or in groups online, face-to-face, or in writing to learn about scientific and socio-scientific topics. This work has focused on supporting people in critical thinking around claims and evidence).

Since coming to University of Calgary, I have continued this prior work while also developing several new projects and collaborations at University of Calgary. 

  1. The first of these new projects focuses on designing and developing physical and digital versions of a game to support Grade 7 students learning Geometry in the context of transforming shapes across a Cartesian plane with an emphasis on gameplay, design, and learning analytics. This project is in collaboration with Professor Man-Wai Chu, Calgary Catholic School District, Vanderbilt University, and Mindfuel (formerly Science Alberta Foundation).
  2. The second of these projects focuses on supporting teachers in learning about design processes and social emotional learning so that the teachers can design opportunities for social emotional learning into their curricula. This project is in collaboration with Professor Xu Zhao and Galileo.
  3. The third project focuses on assessing the efficacy of an undergraduate Citizen Science initiative to support high school students outside of school in conducting and publishing citizen science research using large databases on topics such as cancer and the environment. This project is in collaboration with Youreka Canada.
  4. The fourth project focuses on analyzing the learning processes of UCalgary BEd students across the core Werklund design course. This project is in collaboration with Professor David Scott and Stephanie Bartlett.

Across all of these projects I am very interested in issues of learning, design, engagement, critical thinking, problem solving, and motivation. If you are interested in potentially applying to University of Calgary and working with me at University of Calgary in one of these areas or other related areas, please email me at douglas.clark (at) about your interests.

Great Reasons to Study at the University of Calgary

  • U Calgary was ranked 1st in Canada and North America in 2015 QS Rankings for Universities under 50 years of age.
  • U Calgary was ranked 5th in Canada in the 2016 Scimago Institution rankings and 6th in Canada overall in the 2016-2017 THE rankings.
  • U Calgary was ranked as 101st in the world in Education for 2015 and 2016 (QS, n. d. 1).
  • One hour from the spectacular Canadian Rocky Mountains and Banff National Park
  • Ranked the 5th most livable city worldwide (The Economist Intelligence Unit, 2015)
  • Canada’s sunniest city, with 333+ annual days of sunshine (Calgary Economic Development, 2015)
  • Canada’s energy and innovation hub with the most head offices per capita (FP500 Database, 2014)
  • Composed of a diverse population: 28% of Calgary’s 1.2 million citizens are immigrants (Statistics Canada, 2011)
  • Home to 6,000 restaurants, theatres, and patios
  • Host city of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games and cutting-edge sports facilities
  • One of the safest major cities in Canada (Statistics Canada, 2012)
  • The world’s cleanest city (Mercer Global Financial, 2014)
  • Home to North America’s most extensive urban pathway and bikeway system (City of Calgary, 2015)