Professor receives Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant to grow new generation of learning engineers
Dowell’s research foci include learning analytics, computer-mediated collaborative interaction, and computational linguistics. She is the director of the School of Education’s LA-Lab, which includes researchers with backgrounds in cognitive science, information, psychology, and statistics. The lab takes a multi-disciplinary approach that builds on theories and methods in the learning sciences, cognitive psychology, human-computer interaction, and computational social sciences. The team has recently started to explore issues around inclusivity and equity in online STEM collaborative interactions.
“The learning engineers post-doctoral fellows will work on a project that is focused on improving learning outcomes for students who are under-represented in STEM,” Dowell said. “In particular, the fellow will engage in the next stage of this research, which will use artificial intelligence approaches to provide real-time, personalized feedback to students to mitigate these issues.”