My research is at the intersection of Educational Data Mining and Human-Computer Interaction. I develop and use methods for mining the data that comes out of the interactions between students and educational software, in order to better understand how students respond to educational software, and how these responses impact their learning. I study these issues within intelligent tutors and educational games.
In recent years, my colleagues and I have developed automated detectors that make inferences in real-time about students' affect and motivational and meta-cognitive behavior, using data from students' actions within educational software (no sensor, video, or audio data). We have in particular studied gaming the system, off-task behavior, carelessness, "WTF behavior", boredom, frustration, engaged concentration, and appropriate use of help and feedback. We use these models to make basic discoveries about human learning and learners. Many of these models are developed using data collected through the Baker-Rodrigo Observation Method Protocol, and the HART Android app.
I have made some tools for EDM research available here.
Selected Current and Upcoming Projects
- Predicting STEM Career Choice from Computational Indicators of
Student Engagement within Middle School Mathematics Classes (funded by NSF ITEST)
- Classroom Environment, Allocation of Attention, and Learning Outcomes
in K-4 Students (funded by IES)
- Understanding the Differences Between Rational and
Machine-Learned Models of Gaming the System (funded by NSF-SLC PSLC)
- Modeling Relationship Between Affect and Robust Learning (funded by NSF-SLC PSLC)
- Detectors of Affect in Educational Software (funded by NSF-SLC PSLC and Gates Foundation)
- Studying Relationship Between Affect, Learning, and Persistence (funded by Gates Foundation)
- Detecting, Studying, and Adapting to Affect in Military Training (cooperative agreement with Army Research Laboratory)
- Creating Design Patterns for More Engaging Educational Software, Based on Evidence from EDM (funded by NSF REAL)
- Studying Social Factors that Impact Community Participation After Use of MOOCs (funded by NSF DIRITL)
- Studying Participation in Online Courses By Students From Underrepresented Groups (funded by Gates Foundation)
- Student Behavior in Educational Software Across Cultures
Please check out my publications web page for recent papers.
I organize the Learning Analytics Seminar Series at Teachers College.
Teachers College now offers a Focus in Learning Analytics, within the Masters program in Cognitive Studies in Education.
I am co-teaching the group MOOC Data, Analytics, and Learning, with George Siemens, Dragan Gasevic, and Carolyn Rose.
I have written a MOOT (Massive Online Open Textbook), Big Data and Education. This MOOT is based on a course taught on the Coursera platform in Fall 2013.
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