Abigail Evans

Information School, University of Washington

I am a PhD Candidate at the University of Washington Information School. My research interests include collaborative learning technology for adolescent students, disciplinary literacy, and tabletop computing. My work draws on socio-cultural theories of learning from education and the learning sciences, and design approaches from human-computer interaction, specifically ability-based design and value-senstive design. Descriptions of my projects are below and my CV can be found here.

I am a member of the MAD Lab and I am co-advised by Dr. Jacob O. Wobbrock and Dr. Katie Davis.

Projects

Modeling collaborative learning

University of Washington Information School

I am working with an informal science education program for middle school students to design and develop a collaborative tabletop computer application for middle school students. Drawing on ability-based design, I am exploring ways to scaffold students' collaboration skills by modeling and automatically adapting to their behavior as they interact with the software in small groups.

I am currently looking for an additional Seattle-area informal education program to work with. For more information, click here.

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Input Observer

University of Washington Information School

We developed software that runs quietly in the background of users' computers, gathering data on their text entry skills and use of the mouse. Applications range from extended evaluations of new input and interaction techniques to assessment of assistive technology interventions in the field.

Evans, A. C., Wobbrock, J. O. (2012). Taming wild behavior: The Input Observer for obtaining text entry and mouse pointing measures from everyday computer use. Proc. CHI '12. New York: ACM Press.

Virtual Assessment Project

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Using a multi-user virtual environment to assess middle school students' science inquiry skills.

My role: Design and development of prototype tools to be used in the virtual environment. 2009 - 2011.

http://vpa.gse.harvard.edu/ 

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EcoMUVE

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Using a multi-user virtual environment to immerse middle school students' in ecosystems science inquiry.

My role: Design and development of an interactive data collection tool. Design and development of prototype tools to be used in the virtual environment. Digital illustration. 2008 - 2011.

http://www.ecomuve.org/

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