I started my PhD at Carnegie Mellon
University's Human Computer
in 2008. I am advised
by Dr. Carolyn Rosť
. My past research focused on various applications of
, but my current participation in
the Program for Interdisciplinary
enables me to take an interdisciplinary
approach to learning sciences (more specifically, Computer-Supported
My research focuses on answering questions regarding how to leverage affordances of educational technologies to overcome studentsí social obstacles to seeking help, with a particular emphasis on those social obstacles encompassed by evaluation apprehension and self-presentation concerns. I enjoy incorporating student dispositions (motivation, self-efficacy, life aspirations,
etc) and social influences (identity & positioning) into intelligent tutoring systems. Much of learning today takes place in social environments, and I believe it is important to incorporate these social factors into educational technologies. My main goal is to help students overcome obstacles to effective participation in both academic discussions and the community at large.
Conversational agents, Intelligent tutoring systems, Computer-supported collaborative learning,
Discourse analysis, Help-seeking, Motivation and dispositions, Evaluation apprehension,
Educational technologies for underserved communities.
I can be contacted at ihowley