I am a human-computer interaction researcher and learning scientist focusing on enabling students to overcome obstacles to effective participation in their learning process. Currently, I am a postdoctoral research fellow in Stanford, California working with the LINK Research Lab at the University of Texas Arlington and the Lytics Lab at Stanford University. My PhD dissertation examined the impact of reputation systems on student help seeking in online course discussion forums.
My research combines human-computer interaction methodologies with an awareness of education research theory. To inform the design of educational technology for learners and instructors I perform user studies to understand human behavior and learning-processes in digital learning environments, develop approaches for refining and displaying relevant student data, and generate design recommendations by analyzing human behavioral responses and learning with these new approaches.
I can be contacted at ihowley AT stanford DOT edu
Keywords. Educational technology, Online learning, Personalized learning, Adaptive learning, Student engagement and motivation, Learning analytics, Help seeking, Evaluation apprehension, Reputation systems, Discourse analysis, Conversational agents, Intelligent tutoring systems, Computer-supported collaborative learning.