Event Details


On May 6, scholars from around the country will converge at Calit2 on the campus of UC Irvine to hold a symposium on Fostering Literacy and Learning with Text and Data Mining.


Guest speakers including Drs. Carol Connor, Scott Klemmer, and Danielle S. McNamara will discuss text and data mining for an individualized learning environment, crowdsourcing, peer assessment, and an intelligent tutoring system (Writing-Pal) in various learning environments.


Graduate and undergraduate students are invited to participate in a poster session.


This event is sponsored by the UCI Data Science Initiative, UC Irvine School of Education, and UC Irvine School of Information & Computer Science.

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Connor_120x150Carol McDonald Connor
Carol McDonald Connor is a Professor of School of Education at UC Irvine. Dr. Connor’s work focuses on teaching and learning in preschool through fifth grade classrooms – with a particular emphasis on reading comprehension, executive functioning, and behavioral regulation development, especially for low-income children. Unique in her approach is the use of technology to establish exactly what types and doses of reading instruction are most effective for students with differing knowledge and skills. Dr. Connor has developed online assessment tools, coupled with specific instructional modules, that teachers can easily use to first assess each of their students’ current learning needs, plan instruction using a dynamic lesson planner, deliver the appropriate instructional modules, and then monitor their progress so that the entire process can be fine-turned to maximize each student’s learning experiences. Random-assignment trials of her reading methods have documented large achievement gains for low-income students.

scott-2014-largeZoomedDr. Scott Klemmer
Dr. Scott Klemmer is an Associate Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science & Engineering at UC San Diego, where he is a co-founder and co-director of the Design Lab. He previously served as Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford, where he co-directed the HCI Group, held the Bredt Faculty Scholar chair, and was a founding participant in the  He has been awarded the Katayanagi Emerging Leadership Prize, Sloan Fellowship, NSF CAREER award, and Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellowship. Nine of his papers were awarded best paper or honorable mention at top HCI venues. He has been program co-chair for UIST, the CHI systems area, and HCIC. He advises university design programs globally. Organizations worldwide use his group’s open-source design tools and curricula.

d-mcnamaraDr. Danielle S. McNamara
Dr. Danielle S. McNamara is a Professor of Department of Psychology, and the School of CIDSE at Arizona State University. Her academic background includes a Linguistics B.A. (1982), a Clinical Psychology M.S. (1989), and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology (1992; UC-Boulder). The overarching theme of her research is to better understand cognitive processes involved in comprehension, writing, knowledge acquisition, and memory, and to apply that understanding to educational practice by developing and testing educational technologies. Two of her projects, The Writing Pal and iSTART, are computer assisted learning programs designed to advance students writing and reading comprehension. She has published over 200 papers and secured over 10 million in federal funding. Her work has been funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the McDonnell Foundation, and the Gates Foundation.


The symposium will take place at the Calit2 building on the UC Irvine campus.

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Organizing Team

Event Co-Chairs


Dr. Mark Warschauer

Dr. Alexander Ihler

Dr. Alexander Ihler


Graduate Student Committee

Committee Director Hansol Lee
Communications Director Doren Zinger
Research Coordinator Peter McPartlan
Finance Coordinator Jenell Krishnan
Creative Analyst Mariela Rivas
Poster Submissions

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to share their research at the beginning of the symposium during a poster session that will be held in the atrium of UCI’s Calit2 building.
Posters may address literacy and learning development with text and data mining or other topics related to technology and learning. Students will present their research to a diverse group of students and professionals, and should therefore discuss their studies in language that is appropriate for a broader audience.
To Apply:
Submit a 250 word abstract that describes your research questions, methods, and findings (if any).
Key Dates:
  • Submit by April 1, 2016
  • Notification by April 8, 2016
  • Present on May 6, 2016
A team of scholars will select the BEST UNDERGRADUATE POSTER and BEST GRADUATE POSTER, the recipients of which will receive a certificate and be invited to a dinner with the event’s featured speakers immediately following the symposium.
Email Peter McPartlan at with any questions about poster submissions.

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Symposium Schedule

Date: Friday, May 6, 2016
Time: 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: UC Irvine, Calit2 Auditorium. Parking is $10 per vehicle in the Anteater Parking Structure (directions).


12:00-1:00 Poster Session on Education Data Sciences
1:00-2:45 Presentations

  • Welcome and Introduction: Event Co-Chair Mark Warschauer, UC Irvine School of Education
  • Carol Connor, UC Irvine School of Education
    Title: Improving Teachers’ Literacy Instruction: User Logs as a Professional Development Tool 
  • Scott Klemmer, UC San Diego Department of Cognitive Science
    Title: Design at Large: Scaling the Studio and the Lab to the Globe
  • Danielle S. McNamara, Arizona State University, Department of Psychology and School of CIDSE
    Title: Adaptive Educational Technologies for Literacy Instruction


  • Virginia Mann, UC Irvine Department of Cognitive Sciences
  • Alexander Ihler, UC Irvine Bren School of Information & Computer Science
3:00-4:00 Panel & Open Discussion: (Moderator: Mr. Peter McPartlan)
4:00 Closing Remarks: Event Co-Chair Alexander Ihler, UC Irvine Bren School of Information & Computer Science
4:00-5:00 Poster Session Awards Ceremony & Reception