Welcome. EcoLearn is an educational research group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education that explores the use of advanced immersive technologies to support learning about the complex causal dynamics of ecosystems.


EcoMUVE is a curriculum that uses immersive virtual environments to teach middle school students about ecosystems and causal patterns.


EcoMOBILE is an extension of the EcoMUVE curriculum that blends immersive virtual environments and real ecosystems infused with digital resources.


EcoXPT was designed to introduce experiment-based inquiry in immersive virtual environments and is now being tested in classrooms.


The EcoMOD project explores the power of immersive virtual environments to support computational thinking and ecosystem science learning in elementary grades.

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June 21, 2020
We are presenting EcoMOD in the Immersive Learning Project Showcase & Competition as part of the iLRN 2020 Virtual Conference June 21-25, 2020. Come check out our showcase anytime during the conference, or during the two presentation time slots on Monday June 22 at 2pm EDT and 8pm EDT. Read more about iLRN

EcoLearn featured in new book - Learning Science: Theory, Research, & Practice

November 15, 2019

The new book, Learning Science: Theory, Research & Practice, features a chapter about our work, Designing Immersive Authentic Simulations That Enhance Motivation and Learning: EcoLearn, by Chris Dede, Tina Grotzer, Amy Kamarainen, and Shari Metcalf. It describes our work over the past decade with EcoMUVE, EcoMOBILE, and EcoXPT, ...

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Recent Publications and Presentations

Grotzer, T. A., Gonzalez, E., & Schibuk, E. (2021). Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Prediction. In J. Nordine & O. Lee (Ed.), Crosscutting Concepts: Strengthening Science and Engineering Learning (pp. 89-113) . NSTA.