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Martina Rau

Expert on adaptive educational technologies, learning with visualizations in STEM, physical and virtual manipulatives, analytical and intuitive processes, visual misinformation, misleading graphs

Associate Professor; Educational Psychology School of Education School of Computer, Data and Information Sciences Work: 608-262-6979 Home page


  • Adaptive educational technologies
  • Learning with visual representations and manipulatives
  • STEM learning
  • Visual misinformation
  • Data visualizations


  • My research has yielded effective adaptive educational technologies that support learning in elementary-school math, undergraduate chemistry, and undergraduate engineering.
  • My research shows that students learn best if they engage in both analytical and intuitive processing of information.
  • I conduct cross-disciplinary research that draws on methods from education, psychology, and computer science to study how students learn with visualizations.
  • I apply lessons from my research to address issues of visual misinformation.