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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 human-computer interaction researcher and learning scientist focusing on enabling students to overcome obstacles to effective participation in their learning process. 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 and the Lytics Lab. My dissertation examined the impact of reputation systems on student help seeking in online course discussion forums.

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


Spring 2018 I am teaching CSCI376: Human-Computer Interaction.

Winter Term 2018 I taught CSCI11: eTextiles.

Fall 2017 I taught CSCI134: Introduction to Computer Science (Objects, Events, and Graphics).

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.