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 assistant professor at the University of Geneva. He joined EPFL in 2002. He is currently full professor in learning technologies in the School of Computer & Communication Sciences, where he is the head of the CHILI Lab: "Computer-Human Interaction for Learning & Instruction ». He is also the academic director of Center for Digital Education, which implements the MOOC strategy of EPFL. EPFL recently passed over 1 million MOOC registrations. He recently wrote a book entitled "Orchestration Graphs" that proposes a formal language for instructional design (EPFL Press).

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