Hector Pijera Diaz

Héctor J. Pijeira-Díaz


Post-doctoral researcher
Learning Analytics

6 peer reviewed publications in international journals. The publications have been cited 86 times, of which the most cited publication accounts for 32 citations. The author has a h-index of 4.00. (Google Scholar)


Ph.D. (University of Oulu, Finland) combining multidisciplinary research at the intersection of psychophysiology, computer science, and the learning sciences. M.Sc. in Telecommunications Engineering (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain).

Wearable sensors are providing exciting opportunities to develop new methodologies and obtaining new insights into human behavior based on physiological signals. Among the physiological signals, my research particularly focuses on electrodermal activity (EDA) and its associated psychological construct of arousal, which in turn is connected to cognitive-affective processes.

Research interests

  • learning analytics
  • electrodermal activity
  • sympathetic arousal
  • collaborative learning
  • self-regulated learning


SLAM: Strategic Regulation of Learning through Learning Analytics and Mobile Clouds for Individual and Collaborative Learning Success


  • Current trends in learning and educational technology research 413320S (coordinator)
  • Self-regulated learning 418024P (lecturer)

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Research groups

  • Post-doctoral researcher, Learning and Educational Technology (LET; http://www.oulu.fi/let/)
  • Ph.D. candidate, Learning and Educational Technology (LET; http://www.oulu.fi/let/)

Selected publications

  • Pijeira-Díaz, Héctor J.; Drachsler, Hendrik; Järvelä, Sanna; Kirschner, Paul A. (2018) Sympathetic arousal commonalities and arousal contagion during collaborative learning: How attuned are triad members?. - Computers in human behavior 92, 188-197 . [Original]
  • Pijeira-Díaz, H.J.; Drachsler, H.; Kirschner, P.; Järvelä, S. (2018) Profiling sympathetic arousal in a physics course: How active are students?. - Journal of Computer Assisted Learning 34 (4), 397-408 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Farrokhnia, Mohammadreza; Pijeira-Díaz, Héctor J.; Noroozi, Omid; Hatami, Javad (2019) Computer-supported collaborative concept mapping: The effects of different instructional designs on conceptual understanding and knowledge co-construction. - Computers and education 142, 103640 . [Original]
  • Verstege, Sjors; Pijeira-Díaz, Héctor J.; Noroozi, Omid; Biemans, Harm; Diederen, Julia (2019) Relations between students' perceived levels of self-regulation and their corresponding learning behavior and outcomes in a virtual experiment environment. - Computers in human behavior 100, 325-334 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Pijeira Díaz, Héctor J.; Drachsler, Hendrik; Järvelä, Sanna; Kirschner, Paul A. (2016) Investigating collaborative learning success with physiological coupling indices based on electrodermal activity. (Artikkeli tieteellisessä konferenssijulkaisussa). - LAK '16 Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge. April 25-29, 2016, Edinburgh, UK. Ei sarjaa/No series. 64-73. [Original]
  • Pijeira Díaz, Héctor J.; Ruiz, Javier Santofimia; Ruipérez-Valiente, José A.; Muñoz-Merino, Pedro J.; Delgado Kloos, Carlos (2015) Using Video Visualizations in Open edX to Understand Learning Interactions of Students. (Artikkeli tieteellisessä konferenssijulkaisussa). - Design for Teaching and Learning in a Networked World : 10th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2015, Toledo, Spain, September 15-18, 2015, Proceedings. Conole, G., Klobučar, T., Rensing, C., Konert, J., Lavoué, É.. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 9307. Cham, Switzerland. 522-525. [Original]

Thesis supervisions

Master's theses
  • Devai, Ricardo (2019). Implementing process methods in learning research –  Targeting emotional responses in collaborative learning

  • Qu, Min (2018). Exploring students’ navigation profile in a computer-supported collaborative learning context

Research visits

  • Welten Institute, Open Universiteit, The Netherlands
    6.2.2017 to 10.2.2017