1071 Educational Sciences
1025 West Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53706-1706
Office: 608-262-0829
Fax: 608-262-0843

Interactive Learning & Design Lab


Sadhana Puntambekar graduated from the School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences at theUniversity of Sussex where her dissertation work focused on the design and use of a computer-based system to help students learn metacognitive skills in studying from texts. After completing her doctoral studies she worked as a postdoctoral fellow on the Learning by Design project at Georgia Institute of Technology. She has been on faculty in the Educational Psychology department at the University of Connecticut-Storrs before joining UW-Madison. Her research is in the field of design and use of technology enriched interactive environments in education. Her current research, funded by an early CAREER award from the National Science Foundation is focused on understanding the cognitive and contextual issues in integrating digital text in middle school science classes. The research is being conducted in the context of using the CoMPASS environment, which uses conceptual representations in the form of maps, as well as text descriptions to help students understand the interrelationships between concepts and principles. She has also worked closely with middle school teachers to develop the curriculum for the project.