Jamie Gorson

Ph.D. Student in Computer Science and Learning Sciences

I am a PhD student in Computer Science and Learning Sciences, a joint Ph.D. program at Northwestern University between the McCormick School of Engineering and the School of Education and Social Policy. I am interested in designing and building technology that increases student engagement and motivation in hands-on and project-based learning environments. I am currently conducting research in the Delta Lab with Professor Eleanor O'Rourke ion understanding how growth mindset is enacted in novice programmers with the goal of designing a development environment for novice programmers that promotes a growth mindset. We are also working on a collaboration with Professor Michael Horn and the TIDAL Lab to study and promote growth mindset in younger students learning to program with TunePad. I received my B.S. from Olin College of Engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a concentration in Innovative Education. My research is funded by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program in the field of STEM Ed.

Recent Updates

  • I will be attending CHI in Montreal from April 21-26 2018.
  • I was selected to be a representitive on the Computer Science PhD Advisory Council.
  • I was accepted in the Segal Design Cluster. As a Segal Design Cluster Fellow, I will conduct research on promoting growth mindset in introductory computer science students through developing an interface that praises process. This research is advised by Professor Eleanor O'Rourke and Professor Michael Horn.
  • I presented TunePad at the Work-In-Progress poster session at Interaction Design and Children in Stanford, CA from June 27-30.
  • I attended CSCL in Philadelphia, PA from June 18-22 and participated in the Digitally-Mediated Design Thinking Workshop.
  • My paper title "TunePad: Computational Thinking Through Sound Composition" was accepted to Interaction Design and Children as a Work-In-Progress!