Vincent Aleven

Professor of Human-Computer Interaction
Director, Undergraduate Programs in Human-Computer Interaction
Carnegie Mellon University

About me

My goal is to advance the science of how people interact and learn with advanced learning technologies. I aim to realize the enormous promise of these technologies to help learners reach their full potential. I am excited to help educate a new generation of scientists and professionals.


Franceska Xhakaj presented paper on teacher use of data during EC-TEL 2016

HCII PhD student Franceska Xhakaj presented a paper during EC-TEL 2016 conference, the European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning. Using user-centered research methods such as Contextual Inquiry, she documented the sometimes surprising ways in which middle-school mathematics teachers generate data about student learning and use it in their day-to-day pedagogical decision making.

Article by Martina Rau appears in Journal of Educational Psychology

An article by Martina Rau, Nikol Rummel, and myself entitled "Supporting Students in Making Sense of Connections and in Becoming Perceptually Fluent in Making Connections Among Multiple Graphical Representations". The paper presents evidence that learning fractions with graphical representations requires that students make sense of how the representations relate to each other and become fluent in making these connections.

Erik Harpstead presented at GLS 12

HCII Ph.D. student Erik Harpstead presented a paper entitled "Inciting out-of-game transfer: Adapting contrast-based instruction for educational games" during the Games+Learning+Society 12 Conference. The paper, co-authored by Catherine Chase, Erik, and myself, presents evidence that studying contrasting cases in an educational game (RumbleBlocks) can help students learn and can be enjoyable to boot!

Jenny Olsen awarded Siebel Scholarship

HCII Ph.D. student Jenny Olsen was selected to the Siebel Scholars Class of 2017. "The Siebel Scholars program was founded in 2000 to recognize the most talented students at the world's leading graduate schools of business, computer science, bioengineering, and energy science and to form an active, lifelong community among an ever-growing group of leaders."

Welcome, new Ph.D. students!

Please come talk to me if you are interested in doing research in advanced learning technologies.

EC-TEL 2016 keynote

I will give a keynote address during the EC-TEL 2016 conference, the European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning.

New chapter on adaptive learning technologies is in press

In this chapter we address the question: What forms of adaptivity have proven to be effective in empirical research studies? The chapter introduces an Adaptivity Grid and uses it to organize the thinking about adaptivity. Please find more information on the Publications page.

CTAT 4.0 released

The Cognitive Tutor Authoring Tools (CTAT) now support building tutor front ends in HTML! Barely in time to avoid the Flash crash. Download the free version.

Homepage revamped

I learned some HTML and CSS so I can continue to build tutors with CTAT. Used my new skills to revamp my homepage. Still a work in progress. For now, it looks best in Chrome. Please bear with me.