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Iris Howley


Learning Scientist - HCI Researcher
Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Williams College

iris@cs.williams.edu - Office: TCL308

About


I am a computer scientist doing research at the overlap of human-computer interaction and the learning sciences. My focus is on enabling learners to overcome obstacles to effective participation in their learning process through the design of technologies. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Williams College. I have also spent some time as a postdoctoral research fellow in Stanford working with the LINK Research Lab of UT-Arlington and the Lytics Lab.

My research combines human-computer interaction methodologies with an awareness of education research theory. To inform the design of educational technology for learners and instructors I perform user studies to understand human behavior and learning-processes in digital learning environments, develop approaches for refining and displaying relevant student data, and generate design recommendations by analyzing human behavioral responses and learning with these new approaches.

Projects


Teaching


Fall 2019 I am teaching CSCI376: Human-Computer Interaction and CSCI103: Electronic Textiles. Spring 2020 I'll be teaching CSCI134: Introduction to Computer Science (python-version) [S]

It's an exciting time to be a computer scientist, making it an exciting time to spread the wealth of approaches, applications, and problem domains of the field to the future generations of computer scientists. I am driven by a goal of inclusivity in the classroom which is reflected in my project-based learning and evidence-based teaching philosophy.


2018/2019 courses: CSCI376: Human-Computer Interaction [F], CSCI134: Introduction to Computer Science (Diving into the Deluge of Data) [F], CSCI134: Introduction to Computer Science (Diving into the Deluge of Data) [S].

2017/2018 courses: CSCI134: Introduction to Computer Science (Objects, Events, and Graphics) [F], CSCI11: eTextiles [W], CSCI376: Human-Computer Interaction [S].