I am the McDonnell Family Professor of Engineering Education at Tufts University, where I am an assistant professor in the departments of Computer Science and Education, and a member of the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach. I am also the scholar in residence for Lewis Hall.
My research group, the Laboratory for Playful Computation, focuses on the design of playful and constructionist learning environments. I study how engineering computational systems, including videogames, simulations, and social media, can help learners to further their personal interests. To do so, I create new technologies for learning and investigate how people, including students and teachers, use them to learn together.
I received my PhD from Northwestern University in Learning Sciences, and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Games+Learning+Society group at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. I studied computer science and cognitive science at the University of California, San Diego, where I was a member of the Distributed Cognition and Human-Computer Interaction Lab.
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