Eric Wiebe

Eric N. Wiebe, Ph.D.

Professor of STEM Education & Senior Research Fellow at the Friday Institute

Contact Info

North Carolina State Univ
510M Poe Hall, Box 7801
Raleigh, NC 27695

Phone: 919-515-1753
Fax: 919-515-6892
eric_wiebe(at)ncsu.edu

Research Statement

My research focuses on looking at multi-modal communication of scientific and technical information for teaching and learning and the design and evaluation of innovative uses of computing technologies in STEM instructional settings. The use of instructional technology is central to much of this work, especially through the use of multi-modal, interactive learning tools. Specific research programs include the use of intelligent tutors to support science learning in classrooms, and basic research in the how instructional technologies (including game-based learning environments) shape student engagement and learning. Since the integration of these technology tools are essential for their effective use, research is also being pursued at large scales, looking at how specific technologies influence teaching and learning at the classroom and school level and how schools and teachers could be supported to change practice in order to maximize the potential of these new technologies.

Current Projects

Leonardo: An Intelligent Cyberlearning System for Interactive Scientific Modeling in Elementary Science Education


ENGAGE: Immersive Game-Based Learning for Middle Grade Computational Fluency


JavaTutor: An Integrated Model of Cognitive and Affective Scaffolding for Intelligent Tutoring Systems


Virtual Computing Lab: Scaling Up STEM Learning


MISO: Maximizing the Impact of STEM Outreach through Data-driven Decision-Making

Selected Publications

Spires, H. A., Wiebe, E., Young, C. A., Hollebrands, K., & Lee, J. K. (2012). Toward a new learning ecology: Professional development for teachers in 1:1 learning environments. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 12(2).


Wiebe, E. N., Branoff, T., & Shreve, M. (2011). Online Resource Utilization in a Hybrid Course in Engineering Graphics. Advances in Engineering Education.


Wiebe, E. N. (2010). Learning design: Creating contexts for learning experiences. Paper commissioned by the NSF Blue Sky Workshop. Landsdowne, MD.


Wiebe, E. N., Roberts, E., & Behrend, T. S. (2010). An Examination of Two Mental Workload Measurement Approaches to Understanding Multimedia Learning. Computers in Human Behavior 26. 474-481.


Behrend, T. S., Wiebe, E. N., London, J. & Johnson, E. (2010). Cloud computing adoption and usage in community colleges. Behaviour & Information Technology 30(2)231-240.


Wiebe, E. N., Minogue, J., Jones, M. G., Cowley, J., & Krebs, D. (2009). Haptic Feedback and Students' Learning about Levers: Unraveling the Effect of Simulated Touch. Computers & Education 53. 667-676.


Minogue, J., Wiebe, E., Madden, L., Bedward, J., & Carter, M. (2010). Graphically Enhanced Science Notebooks: The Intersection of Science Notebooks, Graphics, and Inquiry. Science and Children 48(3). 52-55.


Wiebe, E. N., Minogue, J., Jones, M. G., Cowley, J., & Krebs, D. (2009). Haptic Feedback and Students' Learning about Levers: Unraveling the Effect of Simulated Touch. Computers & Education 53. 667-676.


Wiebe, E. N. (2008). Data visualization and gaming. In L. A. Annetta (ed.). Serious educational games: From theory to practice. (pp. 45-54). Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishing.


Cook, M. P., Wiebe, E. N, & Carter, G. (2008). The Influence of Prior Knowledge on Viewing and Interpreting Graphics with Macroscopic and Molecular Representations. Science Education 92(5). 848-867.


Wiebe, E. N. & Annetta, L. A. (2008). Influences on Visual Attentional Distribution in Multimedia Instruction. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia 17(2). 259-277.


Scheiter, K. Wiebe, E. N., & Holsanova, J. (2008). Theoretical and Instructional Aspects of Learning with Visualizations. In R. Zheng (ed.), Cognitive effects of multimedia learning (pp. 67-88). Hershey, PA: ISR Publishers.


Wiebe, E. N., Clark, A. C., Ferzli, M. G. & Petlick, J. H. (2007) VisTE: Visualization in technology education—Units 1-12. New York: Delmar Learning/Thomson.


Bertoline, G. R., Wiebe, E. N. (2007). Fundamentals of Graphics Communication. (5th Edition) New York: McGraw-Hill.