Research Focus

Research Thrusts

Research at CRADLE is truly an interdisciplinary effort. Our researchers come from diverse backgrounds, ranging from the Learning Sciences, Science of Learning, Computer Sciences, Neurosciences, and Engineering. We actively engage with instructors and professors from schools within NTU, as well as local and international collaborators, to help research and develop new tools, current activities, and novel models of learning. We iteratively build systems, test for learning, and enthusiastically share our research practices with our faculty and collaborators how to do the same.

CRAD​LE's research falls under three thrusts:

Research Thrusts​

Sub Areas of Focus​


Science of Learning​

Educational Neuroscience​

Lifelong Learning​

  • Optimizing domain (e.g. language, numeracy) learning​

  • Learning outcomes of Translational Neuroscience​

  • Motivated Learning and Engagement​

  • Cognitive flexibility programme to optimize learning (Cambridge-CREATE, NRF)​

Research Thrusts​

Sub Areas of Focus​


Learning Sciences​

Computer-supported Collaborative Learning​

Learning analytics and e-Learning​

  • Online collaborative knowledge building ​

  • Text-analysis and learning analytics tools​

  • Understanding Learning behaviours and outcomes​

  • Apps for just-in-time learning (e.g. peer tutoring)​


Research Thrusts​

Sub Areas of Focus​


Future Economy and Workforce Learning

Technology and Innovation in Adult Learning

Learning Cities and Smart Cities

Digital Futures and Human Capabilities

  • Societal and individual economic outcomes

  • I​ntergenerational social and cultural learning

  • Mental and physical well-being​

  • Competencies and skills (technological and non-technological) for future digital economies and societies

  • Artificial intelligence-aided decision making​