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Eleanor O'Rourke

Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Education and Social Policy

June and Donald Brewer Junior Professor

Contact

2145 Sheridan Road
Ford 3-325
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

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Departments

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


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Education

Ph.D. Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

M.S. Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

B.S. Computer Science and Spanish, Colby College, Waterville, ME


Research Interests

Eleanor O'Rourke is the June and Donald Brewer Junior Professor in Computer Science and Learning Sciences. Her research lies at the intersection of human-computer interaction and educational psychology with a focus on developing data-driven systems that support motivation, personalization, and formative assessment in learning environments. Her current research explores the design of interactive systems that promote the growth mindset, encourage playful learning, and foster metacognitive reflection through personal data. Her interventions have been used by over 100,000 students online, adopted by companies, and used in classrooms. She has also won several awards and scholarships, including the Google Anita Borg Scholarship and the Microsoft Research Graduate Women's Scholarship. Nell received her Ph.D. in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Washington in 2016.


Selected Publications

    Eleanor O’Rourke, Erik Andersen, Sumit Gulwani, Zoran Popović (2015). A Framework for Automatically
    Generating Interactive Instructional Scaffolding. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in
    Computing Systems (CHI 2015).

    Eleanor O'Rourke, Kyla Haimovitz, Christy Ballweber, Carol S. Dweck, Zoran Popović (2014). Brain Points:
    A Growth Mindset Incentive Structure Boosts Persistence in an Educational Game. Proceedings of the ACM
    Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2014).

    Eleanor O'Rourke, Christy Ballweber, Zoran Popović (2014). Hint Systems May Negatively Impact
    Performance in Educational Games. The First Annual ACM Conference on Learning at Scale (L@S 2014).