Learning Sciences Graduate Students

Current Students

Joel Beier

Joel Beier is a doctoral student in the Learning Sciences area within the Department of Educational Psychology and is a member of the Learning Representations and Technology Lab with Dr. Martina Rau. His research interests include understanding the ways that we communicate with and about visual representations in scientific contexts.

Xuesong Cang

Xuesong Cang is a doctoral student in the Learning Sciences area within the Department of Educational Psychology. Her main interests including distributed scaffolding and classroom orchestration by utilizing/integrating technology (simulation or collaborative platform/interface) in middle/high school classroom teaching and learning, especially for biology or physic subjects.

Jaeyoon Choi

Jaeyoon Choi is a doctoral student in the Learning Sciences area within the Department of Educational Psychology. Jaeyoon is working in the Epistemic Analytics Lab, advised by Dr. David Williamson Shaffer. Her research interests lie primarily in the area of learning analytics and quantitative ethnography.

Indrani Dey

Indrani Dey is a doctoral student in the Learning Sciences area within the Department of Educational Psychology. She works in the Interactive Learning & Design Lab with Sadhana Puntambekar. Her research interests include designing and implementing technology-rich learning environments for middle-school students and distributed scaffolding. Indrani has a background in molecular biology and worked in the K-12 ed-tech start-up space in India before joining UW-Madison.

Xunyi Gao

Xunyi Gao (Annie) is a doctoral student in the Learning Sciences area within the Department of Educational Psychology. She is working in the Epistemics Analysis Lab, advised by Dr. David Williamson Shaffer. She obtained her Master's in Education Data Science at Stanford University and her bachelor's in Statistics and Cognitive Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is generally interested in understanding learners' learning processes. She currently focuses on developing methodology and tools of quantitative ethnography and learning analytics. 

Matthew Grondin

Before my interests in educational psychology, I completed my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biomedical engineering with a focus on cartilage mechanics and quantitative magnetic resonance imaging. While instructing engineering courses, I found myself pondering my own educational experiences and how I learned engineering through an embodied approach. I began teaching engineering concepts in Mechanics of Materials through embodied experiences and found this to enrich student thinking. My current research revolves around embodied learning experiences in engineering education as a alternative pedagogical approach in the discipline.

Chaeyeon Kim

Chaeyeon Kim is a doctoral student in the Learning Sciences area within the Department of Educational Psychology, advised by Dr. Mitchell Nathan. Broadly, Chaeyeon is interested in immersive learning environment design and development, such as virtual and augmented reality-based learning. She has designed and implemented various types of immersive learning simulations. Her scholarly work primarily revolves around the assessment of students' performance and engagement in 3D simulation-based learning environments. Her future research aims at designing and developing an adaptive simulation-based learning system through embodied design and multimodal learning analytics in immersive settings.

Doy Kim

Doy Kim is a doctoral student in the Learning Sciences area within the Department of Educational Psychology. Doy's research interest is in understanding the body's role in mathematics learning.

Rosanne Luu

Rosanne Luu is a doctoral student in the Learning Sciences area within the Department of Educational Psychology. She works with Dr. Mitchell Nathan to examine the role of embodied cognition in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Rosanne has also been advised by Dr. Martina Rau, where she researched the instructional practices that support students' metarepresentational competence in early elementary mathematics settings. Prior to attending UW-Madison, Rosanne worked for WestEd, a nonprofit education research and evaluation organization, where she led and contributed to studies of education technology products. These studies were funded under Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants through IES, NIH, and NSF.

John McGinty

John McGinty is a doctoral student in the Learning Sciences area within the Department of Educational Psychology. John is fascinated and intrigued by the possibilities that grounded and embodied cognition suggest for learning, and his research focuses on the design of learning interventions that use our bodies to help underrepresented young people from under-resourced communities learn math better; Specifically, John is investigating how learning activities that utilize different degrees of embodiment facilitate grounding within the instructional theory of concreteness fading, for the STEM domain of geometry.

Jihyun Rho

Jihyun Rho is a doctoral student in the Learning Science area within the Department of Educational Psychology. Jihyun is interested in understanding how students interact with instructional materials and communicate with visual representation. 

Yuanru Tan

Yuanru Tan is a doctoral student in the Learning Sciences area within the Department of Educational Psychology. Yuanru works in the Epistemic Analytics lab advised by Dr. David Williamson Shaffer where she creates novel approaches and statistical tools to improve the assessment of complex thinking.

Yeyu Wang

Yeyu Wang is a doctoral student in the Learning Sciences Area within the Department of Educational Psychology. She is interested in modeling collaborative learning process based on multi-modal data.

Fangli Xia

Fangli Xia is a doctoral student in the Learning Sciences area within the Department of Educational Psychology. Fangli is interested in examining ways to connect mathematical ideas and practices with physical motions, and designing embodied activities to help students learn mathematics better.