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Benjamin Xie

PhD Candidate

University of Washington Information School

Biography

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Washington Information School, advised by Prof. Amy J. Ko in the Code & Cognition Lab. My research interest is in designing interactive tools that support equity in computing education by affording learners the agency to advocate for their own learning experiences.

I am a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow. I was previously an MIT EECS-Google Research and Innovation Scholar during my time as a student at MIT researching with Prof. Hal Abelson and MIT App Inventor.

For more information, please reach out to me! Or have a look at my projects, papers, or CV.

Interests

  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • Computing Education
  • Artificial Intelligence in Education
  • Psychometrics

Education

  • PhD in Information Science, 2016-

    University of Washington

  • MEng in Computer Science, 2016

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • BS in Computer Science, 2015

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

News

Jun 2020: NSF-funded summer internship w/ Code.org

I’m spending the summer researching at Code.org to assess and address bias in their middle school CS Discoveries curriculum.

Apr 2020: Paper accepted to L@S 2020

Paper on designing for agency in self-directed online learning accepted to 2020 ACM Learning @ Scale. more info

Projects

Improving equity of Code.org's CS Discoveries curriculum

Investigating how Code.org CS Discoveries curriculum serves different sub-populations to improve the equity of learning experiences and outcomes.

Amplifying marginalized voices in computing courses

Tools to help learners share and instructors understand equity issues in a computing courses.

Codeitz: An adaptive learning experience that lets learners decide

Designing for learner agency in self-directed online learning experiences

Improving computer science education w/ explicit instruction

Providing explicit instrutions to make introductory programming more approachable.

Contact

My preferred medium of communication is Slack direct message. I’m active on the following Slack organizations:

If you’re not part of those Slack organizations, please reach out to me by email or on Twitter.

My lab is in Mary Gates Hall (MGH) 015. I’m working remotely. Catch you on Zoom!