Biography

My research focuses on the relationship between social interaction and learning, with a particular focus on collaboration and computer-supported collaborative learning in classrooms. Most recently, I have been examining the use of multi-touch tables in classroom settings, examining how this technology influences group interactions and learning, the between group and whole class interactions, and the device ecologies, teacher tools and classroom contexts that influence the learning opportunities available when using these tools.

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Key Professional Appointments

Assistant Professor Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2013 - 2018

Research Associate School of Education, Durham University, 2009 - 2013

Research Assistant Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Stanford University, 2008 - 2009

Research Associate School of Education, Stanford University, 2008 - 2009

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Education

Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Stanford University, 2008

MA (hons), Psychology, The University of Edinburgh, 2001

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Awards, Honors, Associations

Associate Professor Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign,, 2018 - present

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Publications

Mercier, E. (2017). The influence of achievement goals on collaborative interactions and knowledge convergence. Learning and Instruction, 50 31-43.  link >

Mercier, E., Vourloumi, G., & Higgins, S. (2017). Student interactions and the development of ideas in multi-touch and paper-based collaborative mathematical problem solving. British Journal of Educational Technology, 48 (1), 162-175.  link >

Mercier, E., Higgins, S., & Joyce-Gibbons, A. (2016). The effects of room design on computer-supported collaborative learning in a multi-touch classroom Interactive Learning Environments, 24 (3), 504-522.  link >

Mercier, E., Rattray, J., & Lavery, J. (2015). Twitter in the Collaborative Classroom: Micro-blogging for in-class collaborative discussions. International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Envrionments,.  link >

Mercier, E., Higgins, S., & da Costa, L. (2014). Different Leaders: Emergent Organizational and Intellectual Leadership in Collaborative Learning Groups International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaboartive Learning, 9 (4), 397-432.  link >

Shehab, S., & Mercier, E. Implementing collaborative learning in classrooms: Science teachers' perspectives. International Journal of Innovation in Education.  link >

Mercier, E. (2016). Teacher Orchestration and Student Learning of Mathematics Activities in a Smart Classroom. International Journal of Smart Technology and Learning, 1 (1), 33-52.

Mercier, E., & Higgins, S. (2014). Creating Joint Representations of Collaborative Problem Solving with Multi-touch Technology. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 30 (6), 497-510.  link >

Smith, B., Borge, M., Mercier, E., & Lim, K. (2017). Making a Difference - Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL: The 12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning. Vol. 1 and 2 ( vol. 1 & 2,). Philadephia, PA, USA: The International Society of the Learning Sciences.

Mercier, E., & Higgins, S. (2013). Collaborative learning with multi-touch technology: Developing adaptive expertise. Learning and Instruction, 25 13-23.  link >

Minjarez, M., Mercier, E., Williams, S., & Hardan, A. (2013). Assessing the impact of pivotal response group therapy on parenting stress and empowerment levels. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 15 (2), 71-78.  link >

Higgins, S., Mercier, E., Burd, L., & Joyce-Gibbons, A. (2012). Multi-touch tables and collaborative learning. British Journal of Educational Technology, 43 (6), 1041–1054.  link >

Higgins, S., Mercier, E., Burd, E., & Hatch, A. (2011). Multi-touch Tables and the Relationship with Collaborative Classroom Pedagogies: a Synthetic Review. International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, 6 (4), 515-538.  link >

Minjarez, M., Williams, S., Mercier, E., & Hardan, A. (2011). Pivotal Response Group Treatment for Parents of Children with Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41 92-101.  link >

Philips, J., Minjarez, M., Mercier, E., Feinstein, C., & Hardan, A. (2011). Autism Spectrum Disorders. Handbook of Developmental Psychiatry World Scientific.

Barron, B., Martin, C., Mercier, E., Pea, R., Steinbock, D., Walter, S., Herrenkohl, L., V., T., & K., . (2009). Repertoires of Collaborative Practices. Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Practices: CSCL2009 Conference Proceedings ( vol. Volume II, pp. 25-27). International Society of the Learning Sciences.

Booker, A., S., M., E.M., ., & Mercier, E. (2009). Roundtable on Interdisciplinarity in Learning Technology Design Courses. Educating Learning Technology Designers: Guiding and Inspiring Creators of Innovative Educational Tools Routledge.

Goldman, S., Mercier, E., & Booker, A. (2009). Partnering with K-12 Educators in Collaborative Design of Learning Technology. Educating Learning Technology Designers: Guiding and Inspiring Creators of Innovative Educational Tools Routledge.

Mercier, E., Goldman, S., & Booker, A. (2009). Focusing on Process: Evidence and Ideas to Promote Learning Through the Collaborative Design Process. Educating Learning Technology Designers: Guiding and Inspiring Creators of Innovative Educational Tools Routledge.

Mercier, E., Barron, B., & O’Connor, K. (2006). Images of Self and Others as Computer Users: The Role of Gender and Experience. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 22 335-348.

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Grants

Principal Investigator DIP: Improving Collaborative Learning in Engineering Classes Through Integrated Tools, National Science Foundation, 2016 - 2020

Principal Investigator Computer-supported Collaborative Learning for the Development of Environmental Literacies, Campus Research Board, 2015 - 2018

Principal Investigator EXP: Fostering Collaborative Drawing and Problem Solving through Digital Sketch and Touch, National Science Foundation, 2014 - 2018

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Courses

Child Development & Technology (CI 424) Theories of development will inform an analysis of current technologies marketed for pre-school children; issues related to technology and childhood will be explored. One class each week will focus on lectures and discussions about child development, the second class will focus on presentation of technology or technology genre and evaluation of their value for young children. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Approved for both letter and S/U grading.

DELTA Capstone Project (CI 489) Project-based course focusing on creating Digital Environments for Learning, Teaching and Agency. Students work in teams to build technology-supported learning activities. This course provides a studio-based, hands-on and participatory approach to the development and research of technology tools and curriculum materials. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Approved for Letter and S/U grading.

Attention Learning & Tech (CI 499) Seminar course on topics not treated by regularly scheduled courses; requests for initiation may be made by students or faculty member. 2 to 4 undergraduate hours. 2 to 4 graduate hours. Approved for both letter and S/U grading. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours.

Collaborative Learning (CI 507) Intensive examination of problems and trends in the subject fields. 4 graduate hours. No professional credit. May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 8 hours.

Collaborative Learning & Instr (CI 507) Intensive examination of problems and trends in the subject fields. 4 graduate hours. No professional credit. May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 8 hours.

Methods of Child Study (CI 519) Studies ways in which teachers can evaluate child behavior and development with an emphasis on classroom application; instruction and practice in the use and interpretation of observations, anecdotal records, rating scales, interviews, achievement tests, intelligence tests, questionnaires, and sociometric and projective techniques.

DELTA Grad Seminar (CI 590) Approved for both letter and S/U grading.

Mercier, Emma

Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction

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396 Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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