Vitaliy Popov, PhD

Assistant Professor of Learning Health Sciences
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Vitaliy Popov is an Assistant Professor of Learning Health Sciences. His research focuses on understanding, designing, and evaluating learning technologies and environments that foster collaborative problem solving, spatial reasoning, engineering design thinking and agency. He is currently serving as a co-principal investigator on three projects funded by the National Science Foundation ranging from studying visuospatial skills development through origami to applying multimodal learning analytics in teamwork and understanding the mechanisms of an A-ha! moment. Dr. Popov completed his Ph.D. on computer-supported collaborative learning at Wageningen University & Research Center, in the Netherlands. His background allows him to utilize evidence in education science, simulation-based training and learning analytics to understand how people become expert health professionals, how they can better work in teams and how we can support these processes to foster health care delivery and health outcomes.

Areas of Interest

Research and scholarly interests: multi-user VR simulations; multimodal learning analytics in the context of co-located and virtually distributed teams in clinical simulations; perception and processing of feedback in interprofessional and multicultural teams; simulation-based education

Subject matter expertise: sequential behavioral analysis; quantified ethnography methods; scaffolding in computer-supported collaborative learning; team cognition; discourse analysis; multi-channel learning data

Published Articles or Reviews

Selected published articles: 

  • Popov V, Jiang Y, So H. J.  Shared lessons in mobile learning among K-12 education, higher education and industry: an international Delphi study. Educational Technology Research and Development, 1-32. 2019.
  • Xing W, Popov V, Zhu G, Horwitz P, McIntyre C: The effects of transformative and non-transformative discourse on individual performance in collaborative-inquiry learning. Computers in Human Behavior 98: 267-276, 2019.
  • Zhu G, Xing W, Popov V: Uncovering the sequential patterns in transformative and non-transformative discourse during collaborative inquiry learning. The Internet and Higher Education 41: 51-61, 2019.
  • Popov V, van Leeuwen A, Buis SC: Are you with me or not? Temporal synchronicity and transactivity during CSCL. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning 33(5): 424-442, 2017. doi/abs/10.1111/jcal.12185  
  • Popov V, Noroozi O, Barrett JB, Biemans HJ, Teasley SD, Slof B, Mulder M: Perceptions and experiences of, and outcomes for, university students in culturally diversified dyads in a computer-supported collaborative learning environment. Computers in Human Behavior 32: 186-200, 2014.
  • Popov V, Biemans HJ, Brinkman D, Kuznetsov AN, Mulder M: Facilitation of computer-supported collaborative learning in mixed-versus same-culture dyads: Does a collaboration script help?. The Internet and Higher Education 19: 36-48, 2013.