Director of the Penn Center for Learning Analytics
Higher Education Division
Teaching Learning and Leadership Division
Areas of Expertise: Big Data in Education; Educational Data Mining; Artificial Intelligence in Education; Human-Computer Interaction; Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs); Learning Analytics
Ryan Baker studies how data can better be used to study and improve online learning. Using data from educational software, he examines how students respond to computer lessons, focusing on engagement and disengagement, and how these responses impact learning. Baker has also researched student success in MOOCs. He is working to develop the next generation of MOOCs, which will incorporate features from intelligent tutoring systems.
Ebony Elizabeth Thomas discussed the casting of a black woman as Ariel in the upcoming “Little Mermaid” remake. “Whether it’s seeing people of color traveling faster than the speed of light, or as superheroes, dragons, or even mermaids, when we see ourselves in these roles, even as kids we believe we can do anything,” she said. “These images shape our minds on a subconscious level.”