Faculty DirectoryEleanor O'Rourke
College Fellow in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Education and Social Policy
Contact2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109
Email Eleanor O'Rourke
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
Eleanor O'Rourke is an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University with a joint appointment in Computer Science and the Learning Sciences. Her research lies at the intersection of human-computer interaction and education with a focus on developing playful data-driven systems to support learning in diverse classroom and online environments. Some of O'Rourke's recent projects have included the design of incentive structures to promote growth mindset behaviors in educational games and studying the use of personalized learning systems for the classroom that visualize student data in real-time to support teachers. Her interventions have been used by over 100,000 students online, adopted by companies, and integrated into classrooms.
Eleanor O'Rourke earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington as a member of the Center for Game Science. She received her undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Spanish from Colby College. Her work has been recognized through several awards and scholarships, including the Google Anita Borg Scholarship and the Microsoft Research Graduate Women's Scholarship.
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).