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Looi Chee-Kit
Centre for Research and Development in Learning (CRADLE@NTU)

Chee-Kit Looi is Professor of Education at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. He was the Founding Head of the Learning Sciences Lab, the first research centre devoted to the study of the sciences of learning in the Asia-Pacific region. He is also co-Director of the Centre of Research and Development in Learning (CRADLE), NTU. He is a founding member of the Global Chinese Society of Computers in Education and served as its past president. He was a member of the Core Expert Group that developed the framework for assessing Collaborative Problem Solving in OECD PISA 2015.

Research Statement

I am a learning sciences person, hence I am interested in research into how learning happens and how to support such learning. My theories of learning draw on cognitive and socio-cultural paradigms. More specifically, I am interested in the theory and mechanisms behind seamless learning, collaborative learning and computational thinking education. I also look at how technology can enable productive notions of such learning.

Research One-liner

I am interested in research into how learning happens from inter-disciplinary perspectives, and how to support such learning.


These 3 papers are a good representation of my contributions in the area of seamless learning and collaborative learning theories and practices.

Looi, C.K., So, H-J., Toh, Y. & Chen W. (2011), The Singapore experience: Synergy of national policy, classroom practice and design research, International Journal of CSCL, Volume 6, Number 1, March 2011, pp. 9-37.

Looi, C. K., Seow, P., Zhang, B., So, H. J., Chen, W-L., & Wong, L. H. (2010). Leveraging mobile technology for sustainable seamless learning. British Journal of Educational Technology. Volume 41 Issue 2 (March 2010), pp. 154-169.

Looi, C.K., Wong, L. H., So, H. J., Seow, P., Toh, Y., Chen, W., Zhang, B.H., Norris, C., & Soloway, E. (2009). Anatomy of a mobilized lesson: Learning my way. Computers & Education, Volume 53, Issue 4, December 2009, pp 1120-1132.

Latest Projects

Build, Inspire, Strategize: Promoting Computing Education in Singapore, Tides Foundation grant, Feb – Dec 2020

Orchestration of Microlearning to Support Singapore’s Workforce in their Lifelong Learning Journey: Learner, Design and Performance, Workforce Development Applied Research Fund (WDARF), 2020-2021

How to Bring Computational Thinking (CT) into Mathematics Classrooms: Designing for Disciplinary-Specific CT, Ministry of Education’s Educational Research Funds, Jan 2019 – Dec 2020

Advice to young researchers

Have your dreams and your vision. Believe in yourself that you can contribute to leading knowledge and practices of your field and also in related fields. Collaborate in inter-disciplinary teams to work on the boundaries of disciplines for cutting edge research!

Other affiliation(s)

Professor and Founding Head of Learning Sciences Lab, National Institute of Education

Expert Areas
AI in Education, Learning sciences, seamless learning

Research Interests
collaborative learning and mobile learning, Computational thinking

Research Category
Arts & Humanities, Engineering & Technology, Social Sciences
Research Sub-category
Communication Studies, Info-Communication Technology, Internet & Communications
NISTH Assigned Topic Groupings
Smart cities, smart nation & future living
Affiliated Sustainable Development Goals
GOAL 4: QUALITY EDUCATION – Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development.
GOAL 9: INDUSTRY, INNOVATION, AND INFRASTRUCTURE – Investments in infrastructure are crucial to achieving sustainable development.
GOAL 17: PARTNERSHIPS – Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
Last Updated
08 Apr 2020
Last Updated
13 Sep 2020