About Manu Kapur

Manu holds the Professorship for Learning Sciences and Higher Education at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and is leading The Future Learning Initiative at ETH Zurich. Prior to this, Manu was a Professor of Psychological Studies at the Education University of Hong Kong. Manu also worked at the National Institute of Education (NIE/NTU) of Singapore as the Head of the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Department, as well as the Head of the Learning Sciences Lab (LSL).

An engineer by bachelors training, Manu was a pre-university mathematics teacher before receiving his doctorate in instructional technology and media from Columbia University in New York. Manu holds a double Masters: a Master of Science in Applied Statistics from Columbia University in New York, and a Master of Education from the NIE, Singapore.

Manu conceptualized and developed the theory of Productive Failure to explore the cognitive, social, and cultural mechanisms that can be used for learning from failure. He has done extensive work in real-field ecologies of STEM classrooms to transform teaching and learning using his theory of productive failure across a range of schools and universities in around the world. His research on Productive Failure has been taken up by the Singapore’s Ministry of Education for wide-scale re-design and implementation of its pre-university mathematics (statistics) curriculum and pedagogy, demonstrating

Manu’s ability to build and sustain a high-quality, interdisciplinary scientific research program and work with multiple stakeholders to impact not only theory but also policy and practice at the national scale.

Manu’s research has attracted high profile media interest (e.g., TIME Magazine, THE AUSTRALIAN, THE STRAITS TIMES, THE TIMES OF INDIA, The CONVERSATION, NZZ, etc.) and approximately US$13m in research funding. Early in his academic career, Manu also directed a $50m interactive and digital media R&D program at the Ministry of Education of Singapore to jumpstart interdisciplinary research on interactive and digital media in education in Singapore.

Manu has been awarded visiting professorships at top universities in Europe, Australia and Japan, and invited to major international government and advisory boards (e.g., Singapore Ministry of Education, Program for International Student Assessment run by the OECD on Assessment of 21st Century Skills).

Manu is a prolific keynote speaker at high-profile conferences and events around the world (e.g., The ROYAL SOCIETY UK, USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and India). He has also served as an associate editor for two of the leading journals, and has published in the most prestigious journals in the field of the learning and the cognitive sciences.

Education

Education

2006 Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Instructional Technology & Media. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, USA
2005 Master of Science (M.S.) in Applied Statistics. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, USA
2003 Master of Education (M.Ed.) – GOLD MEDAL. National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
1999 Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) – DISTINCTION. National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
1997 Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honors). National University of Singapore

Work Experience

Work Experience

2017 – Professor for Learning Sciences, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
2016 Professor of Psychological Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
2015 Head, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Singapore
2012 – 2015 Head, Learning Sciences Laboratory, National Institute of Education, Singapore
2011 – 2015 Associate Professor (tenured) of Curriculum, Teaching & learning, National Institute of Education, Singapore
2006 – 2011 Assistant Professor of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning, National Institute of Education, Singapore
2002 – 2003 Vice Principal (Acting), National Junior College, Singapore
1999 – 2002 GCE ‘A’ Levels Further Mathematics Teacher & Head of Department of Information Technology, National Junior College, Singapore

Visiting Research Professorships

2015-2016 Visiting research professor at the University of Sydney, Australia
2015 (May) Visiting professor at the Hong Kong Institute of Education
2015 (Feb) Visiting research professor at the University of Bochum, Germany
2013 (Apr) Visiting research professor at the University of Tokyo, Japan
2010-2012 Visiting research professor at the University of Sydney, Australia
2009 (Nov) Visiting research professor at the Institute of Psychology, University of Freiburg, Germany

International Advisory Boards/Panels

2016- International advisory board member on the project Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology,Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT).
2011-2014 International advisory board member on the project “Blended synchronicity: Uniting on-campus and distributed learners through media-rich real-time collaboration tools”. Funded by Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC); lead institutions: Macquarie University, The University of Melbourne, and Charles Sturt University, Australia.
2011-2013 International expert panel member of “Learning Technologies and the Learning Sciences” network of the University of Sydney Research Networks Scheme, Australia.
2011-2013 International expert panel member on Pearson’s bid for PISA 2015 items on Assessments for 21st Century Skills.
2009-2011 International expert panel member on Assessment for 21st Century Skills project: An international, multi-agency, public-private sector project co-funded by Microsoft, CISCO, Intel, as well as the six co-founder countries, namely, Singapore, USA, UK, Finland, Australia, and Portugal.

Service

Service

International Level

  1. Associate Editor of Instructional Science journal (impact factor = 2.00)
  2. Associate Editor of the Journal of the Learning Sciences (impact factor = 3.26)
  3. Co-editor of the Proceedings of the CSCL conference 2012
  4. Member of the Education Committee of the International Society of the Learning Sciences
  5. Doctoral Consortium Mentor 2014, ICLS Conference
  6. Early Career Consortium Mentor 2015, CSCL Conference
  7. Early Career Workshop Co-Chair, 2016, ICLS Conference

Reviewer for

  1. The Journal of the Learning Sciences (JLS)
  2. The International Journal of Computer-supported Collaborative Learning (ijCSCL)
  3. Learning and Instruction
  4. Cognitive Science
  5. Educational Psychology Review
  6. Instructional Science
  7. Computers and Education
  8. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning
  9. International Conference of the Learning Sciences, CSCL, American Educational Research Association Conference, Cognitive Science, etc.

Memberships

  1. International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS);
  2. ISLS Education Committee Member
  3. American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  4. Association of Mathematics Educators of Singapore
  5. Cognitive Science Society
  6. Asia Pacific Society for Computers in Education (APSCE)

Others

2011– 2015 EduLab Evaluation Panel Member: A $25m fund that supports innovative projects in Singapore schools in collaboration with the universities and industry.
2009 Ministry of Education (MOE) of Singapore’s Propel-T Initiative Advisor: Learning technology research projects led by MOE officers in Singapore schools.
2006–2008 Ministry of Education (MOE) of Singapore’s Interactive and Digital Media R&D Evaluation Committee Member.
2007–2008 Assistant Director/Program Officer for Interactive & Digital Media R&D, Educational Technology Division, Ministry of Singapore: I directed a S$40m R&D funds to jumpstart research on interactive and digital media in education in Singapore.
Chairperson of Ministry of Education (MOE) of Singapore’s Interactive and Digital Media R&D Evaluation Committee Member.
2001–2002 Deputy Leader of the Singapore International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) National Team to the 43rd IMO in Glasgow, Scotland 2002.  Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore.

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Contact

manukapur@ethz.ch

Tel. 0041 44 632 25 89