Victor Law

Assistant Professor
Program Director

Dr. Victor Law received his PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. His primary research interests include game-based and simulation-based learning, scaffolding, self-regulation, ill-structured problem-solving, and computer-supported collaborative learning. He has been conducting studies examining the effect of different scaffolding approaches, including massively multiplayer online games, computer-based simulation, and dynamic modeling, on students' complex problem-solving learning outcomes; the research results have been presented at prestigious national and international conferences, such as Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Association for Educational Communications and Technology, and International Conference of Learning Sciences. Dr. Law has published several empirical studies in national and international refereed journals such as Computers in Human Behaviors, Journal of Educational Computing Research, Technology, Instruction, Cognition, and Learning, and International Journal of Knowledge Management and E-Learning.

Selected Publications

  • Ge, X., Wang, Q., Huang, K., Law, V., & Thomas, D. (2017).  Designing simulated learning environments and facilitating authentic learning experiences in medical education. In J. Stefaniak (Ed.), Advancing medical education through strategic instructional design. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Law, V. & Chen, C-H. K. (2016). Prompting science learning in game-based learning with question prompts and feedback. Computers and Education, 103, 134-143. Doi: 10.1016/j.compedu.2016.10.005
  • Ge, X., Law, V., & Huang, K. (2016). Detangling the interrelationships between self-regulation and ill-structured problem solving in problem-based learning. The Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 10(2). Doi: 10.7771/1541-5015.1622
  • Law, V., Ge, X., & Eseryel, D. (2016).  Development of a self-regulation in a social context scale in a collaborative problem-solving environment.  Technology, Knowledge and Learning, 21(2), 243-253. Doi: 10.1007/s10758-016-9274-z
  • Chen, C-H. K. & Law, V. (2016). Scaffolding individual and collaborative game-based learning in learning performance and intrinsic motivation. Computers in Human Behaviors.
  • Eseryel, D, Law, V., Ifenthaler, D., Ge, X., & Miller, R. (2014). An investigation of the interrelationships between motivation, engagement, and complex problem solving in game-based learning. Journal of Educational Technology & Society, 17(1), 42-53.
  • Boverie, P., Grassberger, R., & Law, V. (2013). Leading individual development and organizational change around learning, meaning, and nurturing environment. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 15(4), 382-400. doi: 10.1177/1523422313498564
  • Eseryel, D. & Law, V. (2012).  Effect of cognitive regulation in understanding complex science systems during simulation-based inquiry learning. Technology, Instruction, Cognition, and Learning, 9(1-2), 111-132.
  • Eseryel, D., Guo. Y., & Law, V. (2012). Interactivity design and assessment framework for educational games to promote motivation and complex problem-solving skills. In D. Ifenthaler, D. Eseryel, & X. Ge (Eds.). Assessment in Game-Based Learning: Foundations, Innovations, and Perspectives. (pp. 257-285). New York: Springer.
  • Ge, X., Law, V., & Huang, K. (2012). Diagnosis, supporting, and fading: A scaffolding design framework for adaptive e-learning systems. In H. Wang (Ed.), Interactivity in E-Learning: Case studies and frameworks. (pp. 116-142). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Law, V., Ge, X & Eseryel, D. (2011). An Investigation of the development of a reflective virtual learning community in an ill-structured domain of instructional design. International Journal of Knowledge Management and E-Learning, 3(4), 513-533.
  • Eseryel, D., Ge, X., Ifenthaler, D., & Law, V. (2011). Dynamic modeling as cognitive regulation scaffold for complex problem solving skill acquisition in an educational massively multiplayer online game environment. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 45(3), 265-287.
Victor Law

Contact Information

  • Phone: (505) 277-2565
  • Office: Zimmerman Library 242


OILS 502 Instructional Multimedia
OILS 504 Instructional Use of Computer Simulations
OILS 543 Instructional Design
OILS 593 Professional Seminar for OILS
OILS 600 Science, Technology and Society
OILS 639 Advanced Instructional Technology Seminar

Research Interests

Game- and simulation- based learning
Ill-structured problem solving
computer-supported collaborative learning
Self-regulated learning