Academic Editor

Tamara Sumner


Summary

I lead an interdisciplinary research and development lab that studies how computational tools - combining cognitive science, machine intelligence, and interactive media - can improve teaching practice, learning outcomes and learner engagement. Inquiry Hub, formerly known as Digital Learning Sciences, is a mission-centered, research-practice partnership involving faculty and students from the University of Colorado Boulder, scientific and technical staff from the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), and educators and administrators from Denver Public Schools. Our research and development team combines expertise in cognitive science, learning sciences, science education, user-centered design and evaluation, digital content management, software engineering, educational data mining, and machine learning/natural language processing.

I am also a Professor at the University of Colorado, with a joint appointment between the Institute of Cognitive Science and the Department of Computer Science. I am currently serving as the Director of the Institute of Cognitive Science. My research and teaching interests include personalized learning, learning analytics, cyber learning environments, educational digital libraries, scholarly communications, human centered computing, and interdisciplinary research methods for studying cognition. I have written 140 articles on these topics, including over 80 peer-reviewed scholarly publications.

Artificial Intelligence Computational Linguistics Computer Education Data Mining & Machine Learning Digital Libraries Human-Computer Interaction Visual Analytics

Institution affiliations

Work details

Director

University of Colorado at Boulder
Institute of Cognitive Science
Our research examines how cognitive tools, computational algorithms, and interactive media can improve learning outcomes and learner engagement. We specialize in developing and evaluating software tools, powered by natural language processing and machine learning algorithms, to support scalable personalized learning and differentiated instruction using open educational resources. We also develop tools and services to support the management and maintenance of open educational resource repositories and algorithms for automatically assessing the quality of digital educational resources. Our research and development team combines expertise in computer science, cognitive science, science education, user-centered design and evaluation, digital content management, and machine learning/natural language processing. We engage in sponsored research and provide professional services to the science and education communities.

Professor of Cognitive and Computer Science

University of Colorado at Boulder
Department Cognitive and Computer Science
I teach and advise graduate students in the Cognitive Science Joint PhD program, as well as MS and PhD students in Computer Science.

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