Rene Kizilcec, Director of Digital Learning Research, GSE, Stanford, visiting assistant Professor, Information Science, Cornell
René Kizilcec studies social and cultural psychological factors in online learning, including large-scale interventions to reduce social identity threat and support self- regulated learning in MOOCs. His interests lie in the psychological challenges to realizing the potential of digital environments for diverse and global audiences. His research appears in leading journals such as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Educational Psychology, Computers & Education, and in the proceedings of ACM SIGCHI, Learning at Scale, and Learning Analytics & Knowledge. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication and a M.S. in Statistics from Stanford.
Ryan Baker, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania, Director, Penn Center for Learning Analytics
Ryan Baker’s lab conducts research on engagement and robust learning within online and blended learning, seeking to find actionable indicators that can be used today but which predict future student outcomes. Baker has developed models that can automatically detect student engagement in over a dozen online learning environments, and has led the development of an observational protocol and app for field observation of student engagement that has been used by over 150 researchers in 4 countries. He was the founding president of the International Educational Data Mining Society, is currently serving as Associate Editor of three journals, and the first technical director of the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center DataShop, the world’s largest public repository for data on the interactions between learners and online learning environments. Baker has co-authored published papers with over 250 colleagues.
Amy Ogan, Assistant Professor, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Dr. Amy Ogan is an educational technologist focusing on ways to make learning experiences more engaging, effective, and enjoyable. Her training spans many disciplines, with undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Spanish, and a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction supported by a fellowship from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). She has since been named a Rising Star in EECS by MIT, received the McCandless Early Career Chair, and been awarded the Jacobs Early Career Fellowship to study the use of educational technologies in emerging economies. Amy has been a visiting researcher at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and has conducted field research on the deployment of educational technology across many international sites. Her research is supported by the National Science Foundation, Google, and the Simon Initiative.