Dr. Michelene T. H. Chi

Regents Professor and Dorothy Bray Endowed Professor of Science and Teaching at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University.

Dr. Michelene T. H. Chi is a Regents’ Professor, Foundation Professor, and Dorothy Bray Endowed Professor of Science and Teaching at Arizona State University, where she is also the Director of the Learning and Cognition Lab under Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. She is also a Fellow of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. For her contributions to the fields of both education and the learning sciences, she was the recipient of the 2019 David E. Rumelhart Prize in Cognitive Science, the 2020 Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education, and the 2021 APS William James Fellow Award in Psychology.

Dr. Chi has spent years developing, testing and translating theories to improve learning in the classroom. More recently, she has developed the ICAP theory of active learning which classifies learning activities into four hierarchical modes that align with cognitive processes that predict four levels of learning outcomes. Instruction typically entails students learning in the two less effective modes. The framework not only integrates decades of research in educational psychology and the learning sciences, but it has been taught to teachers who then apply it to design their own lessons with more activities in the two higher modes and better learning outcomes.