Eleanor "Nell" O'Rourke

June and Donald Brewer Junior Professor
Computer Science and Learning Sciences
Northwestern University
Seeley Mudd #3523

Delta Lab

I am an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University with a joint appointment in Computer Science and Learning Sciences. I co-direct the Delta Lab with Liz Gerber, Matt Easterday, and Haoqi Zhang. I am one of the founding faculty of Northwestern's new joint PhD program in Computer Science and Learning Sciences (CS+LS).

My research sits at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction and Learning Sciences. My interests in this area are broad, but I am particularly excited about designing data-driven learning environments and educational games to improve student motivation, provide personalized learning experiences, and support formative assessment. Some of my recent projects include designing of incentive structures to promote growth mindset behaviors in educational games, building sensemaking tools to support learning front-end development concepts from complex professional websites, and studying how novice programmers' efficacy and mindsets impact their approaches to programming. This work is generously funded by the National Science Foundation (CAREER, CRII, Cyberlearning)

I received my PhD in 2016 in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington, where I was a member of the Center for Game Science and DUB.