Pierre Dillenbourg


Biography and current work


A former teacher in elementary school, Pierre Dillenbourg graduated in educational science (University of Mons, Belgium). He started his research on learning technologies in 1984. He obtained a PhD in computer science from the University of Lancaster (UK), in the domain of artificial intelligence applications for educational software. He has been professor assistant at TECFA, University of Geneva. He joined EPFL in November 2002. He has been the director of CRAFT, the pedagogical unit for 10 years and is now the academic director of the EPFL Center for Digital Education and head of the CHILI Lab: "Computer-Human Interaction for Learning & Instruction". He wrote a book on "orchestration graphs" (http://www.epflpress.org/product/66/9782889143788/Orchestration%20Graphs%20)

Frequently quoted papers

Dillenbourg, P: (2015) Orchestration Graphs. EPFL Press.

Dillenbourg, P. (2013). Design for Classroom Orchestration. Journal of Computers in Education. (soon)

Dillenbourg, P. (2002). Over-scripting CSCL: The risks of blending collaborative learning with instructional design. In P. A. Kirschner (Ed). Three worlds of CSCL. Can we support CSCL (pp. 61-91). Heerlen, Open Universiteit Nederland.

Dillenbourg P. & Traum, D. (2006) Sharing solutions: persistence and grounding in multi-modal collaborative problem solving. Journal of the Learning Sciences, 15 (1), pp. 121-151.

Dillenbourg, P., Baker, M., Blaye, A. & O'Malley, C.(1996) The evolution of research on collaborative learning. In E. Spada & P. Reiman (Eds) Learning in Humans and Machine: Towards an interdisciplinary learning science (pp. 189-211). Oxford: Elsevier.

Dillenbourg P. (1999) What do you mean by collaborative learning? In P. Dillenbourg (Ed) Collaborative-learning: Cognitive and Computational Approaches (pp.1-19). Oxford: Elsevier.

Current work


EPFL Center for Digital Education
CHILI Lab, School of Computer Science

Pierre Dillenbourg

Full professor
PhD (Lancaster, 1991)


Fields of Expertise

  • MOOCs, Computer-supported collaborative learning & work, Learning technologies, Human-computer interaction