Dr. Michael L. Hoover

Associate Professor
Dr. Michael L. Hoover
Contact Information
Email address: 
michael.hoover [at] mcgill.ca

Education Building
3700 rue McTavish
Montréal, Quebec H3A 1Y2

Educational and Counselling Psychology (ECP)
Arts, Languages & Literacy Education
Educational Technology & Teaching Innovation
Areas of expertise: 
  • Design and analysis of online university learning

  • Activity systems theory in online and multilingual educational contexts

  • Creating online communities of inquiry


Professor Hoover's academic background is in theoretical linguistics and experimental psychology, which reflects his research interest in psycholinguistics, socio-cultural and online learning environments, the use of indigenous languages in schools and teacher training for indigenous teachers in Canada and South America.  In trying to understand how First Nations teachers who were highly literate in their second language learned to be literate in the first led Prof. Hoover to a reconceptualization of the issue in terms of language as an artifact rather than as an object of learning, leading to approaching pedagogy from a strongly Vygotskyan perspective.  In addition, he is currently interested in investigating cultural aspects of learning, using models based on Vygotsky’s cultural-historical theory of learning. Therefore, the current research projects focus on two broad areas of interest: multicultural contexts, and the use of online technologies.

Prof. Hoover currently supervises seven enthusiastic graduate students in related fields. 

  • Ph.D., Columbia University
  • M.Phil., Columbia University
  • M.A. Columbia University
  • B.Sc., Tulane University
  • M.A. Health Professions Education
  • M.A. Learning Sciences
  • M.Ed. Learning Sciences
  • Ph.D. Learning Sciences
  • M.Ed. Concentration in Educational Psychology
Graduate supervision: 

Not accepting students for 2023-24

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