Dr. Zhongzhou Chen earned his Ph.D. in physics from University of Illinois Urbana Champaign in 2012, specializing in physics education and multimedia learning. In 2013 he joined the RELATE group at MIT as a postdoc, conducting educational research in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on the edX platform, mentored by Prof. David Pritchard. His current research focuses on analyzing student learning data to improve the effectiveness of online learning, and designing online-learning environments to enhance the quality of measurement and data collection.

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Research Areas

Dr. Chen’s current research interests include:

  • Understanding and modeling the cognitive mechanism behind learning
  • Developing online instructional methods that makes education more flexible, more cost-effective, and more scalable.
  • Developing accurate, secure and informative means to assess both teaching and learning.
  • Researching effective methods to categorize and curate online educational resources.