Sanna Järvelä

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Prof. Sanna Järvelä

Sanna Järvelä


Learning sciences and educational technology


Sanna Järvelä is a professor in the field of learning and educational technology and a head of the Learning and Educational Technology Research Unit (LET) ( Järvelä and her research group is internationally well known from theoretical advancement of social aspects self-regulated learning (SSRL). Her interdisciplinary research work has strong contribution to the methodological development of process oriented research methods in the field of learning and collaboration and recently applying of multimodal methods in self-regulated learning research. She is the co-chief editor of International Journal of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (iCSCL) and invited member of the expert group of the OECD’s PISA 2025 ‘Learning in the Digital World’.  Järvelä has published more that 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and her google scholar h-index is 59.



Research interests

  • Self-regulated learning (SRL), socially shared regulation in learning (SSRL), cognition, motivation and emotions in a learning process
  • Collaborative learning, computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL), technology enhanced learning (TEL)
  • Online learning processes, multimodal methods


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Scientific merits

Professional and community activities

  • EARLI (European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction) president (2017-2019)
  • Oulu University governing board member 2009-2017
  • Director in LeaF research infrastructure

Research groups

  • Learning and Educational Technology Research Unit (LET) (
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