Ha Nguyen

PhD Student, STEM Teaching & Learning

I study the co-design of technology-supported learning with teachers, students, and community partners.


Publications

A central question for my research is: How can we promote student-centered, equitable learning in STEM through responsive digital environments?

I draw from the fields of learning sciences, learning analytics, and human-computer interactions to answer this question.

(1) I partner with educators and community partners to design interface and computer-supported learning activities, and study design principles that facilitate educators' sensemaking of data about students' learning.

(2) I experiment with ways to systematically process education textual data, using human-algorithmic approaches.

(3) I apply quantitative research methodologies (e.g., quasi-experimental designs for generalized causal inference, process mining, and social network analyses), to understand the impact of instructional interventions on different student populations.


Journal Articles

Nguyen, H. & Santagata, R. (2020). Impact of computer modeling on learning and teaching systems thinking. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. https://doi.org/10.1002/tea.21674

Nguyen, H. & Jenkins, J. (in press). In or Out of Sync: Federal Funding and Research in Early Childhood. AERA Open.

Zhou, N., Nguyen, H., Fischer, C., Richardson, D., & Warschauer, M. (2020). Hybrid professional development program to promote high school teachers’ self-efficacy in computer science classroom. ACM Transactions on Computing Education. https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3410631

Nguyen, H., Wu, L., Fischer, C., Washington, G., & Warschauer, M. (2020). Increasing success in college: Examining the impact of a project-based introductory engineering course. Journal of Engineering Education. https://doi.org/10.1002/jee.20319

Jacob, S., Nguyen, H., Tofel-Grehl, C., Richardson, D., & Warschauer, M. (2018). Teaching computational thinking to English learners. NYS TESOL Journal, 5(2), 12-24. pdf

Peer-Reviewed Proceedings

Nguyen, H., Ahn, J., Belgrave, A., Lee, J., Cawelti, L., Kim, H.E., Prado, Y., Santagata, R., & Villavicencio, A. (in press). Establishing Trustworthiness through Algorithmic Approaches to Qualitative Research. In Second International Conference on Quantitative Ethnography. Springer.

Nguyen, H., Ahn, J., Young, W., & Campos, F. (2020). Where's the Learning in Education Crowdsourcing? In Proceedings of the Seventh (2020) Annual ACM Conference on Learning@ Scale. https://doi.org/10.1145/3386527.3406734

Nguyen, H., Wu, L., Washington, G., Lim, K.Y., & Fischer, C. (2020). Collaboration patterns and design practices in first-year project-based engineering. Proceedings of the 2020 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition. pdf

Nguyen, H., Lim, K.Y., Wu, L. Fischer, C., & Warschauer, M. (2020). “I thought we said”: Perceived peer support, discourse cohesion, and regulation in engineering design. 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020. International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS). pdf

Nguyen, H., Garcia, L., Jacob, S., Richardson, D., & Warschauer, M. (2020). Reflection as formative assessment of computational thinking in elementary grades. 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020. International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS). pdf

Nguyen, H., Garcia, L., Jacob, S., Richardson, D., & Warschauer, M. (2020). Elementary teachers' use of video reflections to reinforce computer science language and concepts. Proceedings of the Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology (RESPECT), IEEE Computer Society. pdf

Jacob, S., Nguyen, H., Garcia, L., Richardson, D., & Warschauer, M. (2020). Teaching computational thinking to multilingual students through inquiry based learning. Proceedings of the Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology (RESPECT), IEEE Computer Society. pdf

Book Chapters

Nguyen, H., Campos, F., & Ahn, J. (in press). Expanding the Design Space of Data and Action in Education: What Co-designing with Educators Reveal about Current Possibilities and Limitations. In Bowers, A. (Ed), Reports from the NSF School Data Collaborative Workshop.

Selected Presentations

2021

Nguyen, H., Ludovise, S., Wang, J., Huse, J., & Santagata, R. (2021, April). Modeling Tools and Systems Thinking Patterns in Middle School. Paper presented at AERA Annual Meeting 2021.

Nguyen, H., Ahn, J., Belgrave, A., Lee, J., Cawelti, L., Kim, H.E., Prado, Y., Santagata, R., & Villavicencio, A. (2021, April). Combining Algorithmic Approaches and Human Insights to Establish Trustworthiness in Qualitative Research. Paper presented at AERA Annual Meeting 2021.

2020

Nguyen, H., Schmidt, D., & Santagata, R. (2020, November). Crystal Code: Examining the Impact of Computational Modeling on Scientific Systems Thinking. Paper presented at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference. Anaheim, CA.

Nguyen, H. (2020, April). In or Out of Sync: Funding in Early Childhood through Text Analytics. Paper presented at the AERA Satellite Conference on Educational Data Science, Stanford, CA. Honorable Mention for Best Paper

Nguyen, H., Santagata, R. & Warschauer, M. (2020, April). Co-Design Dynamics in Community Science Education: Teachers, Researchers, and Community Partners [Roundtable Session]. AERA Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA. http://tinyurl.com/s83uq8f (Conference Canceled)

Fischer, C., Nguyen, H., Feng, Y., Fiorini, S., Kalender, Y., Schunn, C. D., Vincent-Ruz, P., Whitcomb, K., Witherspoon, E. & Warschauer, M. (2020, April) Advanced Placement Course Credit and Undergraduate Student Success in STEM Gateway Courses [Paper Session]. AERA Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA. http://tinyurl.com/stgybzf (Conference Canceled)

Nguyen, H. (2020, April) Data-Sharing Routines in a Research-Practice Partnership [Structured Poster Session]. AERA Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA. http://tinyurl.com/yyrgjxd9 (Conference Canceled)

2019

Jacob, S., Nguyen, H., Garcia, L., Richardson, D., & Warschauer, M. (2019, October). Design of Computational Thinking Curriculum for Multilingual Learners. Paper presented at Connected Learning Summit. Irvine, CA.

Nguyen, H. (2019, September). Social Discourse to Promote Computational Thinking. Paper presented at the Learning Sciences Graduate Student Conference. Evanston, IL.

Nguyen, H. (2019, April). Autonomous, but Together: Elementary Teachers’ Self-Efficacy and Autonomy. Paper presented at the Annual American Educational Research Association. Toronto, Canada.

Jacob, S., Nguyen, H., Richardson, D., & Warschauer, M. (2019, February). Developing a Computational Thinking Curriculum for Multilingual Students: An Experience Report. Poster presented at Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Computing, Engineering, & Technology. Minneapolis, MN. doi.org/10.1109/RESPECT46404.2019.8985944

Manuscripts Under Review

Nguyen, H., Lim, K.Y., Fischer, C., Wu, L., Washington, G., & Warschauer, M. Peer support and temporality in regulated learning.

Ahn, J., Nguyen, H., & Campos, F. From visible to understandable: Designing for teacher agency in education data visualizations.

Campos, F., Ahn, J., Digiacomo, D., Nguyen, H., & Hays, M. One chart, many meanings: Making sense of sensemaking in learning analytics dashboard design.

Santagata, R., König, J., Scheiner, T., Nguyen, H., Adleff, A.-K., Yang, X., & Kaiser, G. Mathematics teacher learning to notice: a systematic review of studies of video-supported teacher education


Portfolio

Lilo Chatbot

Design Case Study

Learner Sourcing

Experimental Research

Recent Projects

Researcher, UX Designer

Advisor: Dr. June Ahn, UC Irvine. Supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grants 1719744; 1620851; 1621238; 1620863.

Design a data visualization platform using learning analytics in a research practice partnership with teachers, coaches, and school administrators in school districts across the U.S. to help teachers improve on daily practice in Math engagement and student relationship.

September 2018 - Current

Researcher

Crystal Code: Systems Thinking in Community Science

Advisor: Dr. Rossella Santagata, UC Irvine.

Collaborate with Crystal Cove State Park educators, teachers, and environmental biology scientists to develop a middle school curriculum on ecosystem, combining physical computing and modeling with community science.

September 2018 - Current

Researcher

Advisor: Dr. Mark Warschauer, UC Irvine. NSF Grant 1738825.

Develop materials with linguistic scaffolding to teach computer science for upper elementary students as part of a research-practice partnership. Perform qualitative and quantitative analyses of student learning and attitudes towards computer science.

June 2018 - Current

Teaching

Invited Presentations & Workshops

R for Data Science. Workshop facilitator: Visualizations in R. February 2020. Irvine, CA.

Ahn, J., Campos, F., & Nguyen, H.. Educational Dashboard Expo. (2019, December). NSF Education Data Analytics Collaborative Workshop. New York, NY.

Ahn, J., Nguyen, H., & Wolters, A. Designing Crowdsourcing Tasks to Systematically Process Education Data. (2019, December). UCI Learning Analytics Group. Irvine, CA.

Graphs & Visualizations in R. Workshop at Center for Creating Opportunities through Education. July 2019. Irvine, CA.

Design Thinking in Education. Workshop in Design Learning Environment class, UCI Masters of Arts in Teaching Program. July 2019. Irvine, CA.

Fischer, C., Nguyen, H., & Warschauer, M. Advanced Placement Course Credit and Student Success in STEM Gateway Courses. Presentation at the Sloan Equity and Inclusion in STEM Introductory Courses Meeting. June 2019. Ann Arbor, MI.

Undergraduate Club Lightbulb Conversation. April 2019. Irvine, CA.

Computational Thinking for Educators. Lecture in 21st Century Literacies. April 2019. Irvine, CA.

Computational Thinking Research from a Design-Based Approach. Workshop facilitator at Google ExploreCSR. February 2019. Long Beach, CA.

R for Data Science. Workshop facilitator. January-March 2019. Irvine, CA.

Teaching in Undergraduate Settings

University Scholars Durham Public School Outreach. House Course Instructor. September-December 2017.Durham, NC.

Teaching in K-12 Settings

Freedom School Partner. K-2 Teacher. 2015. Charlotte, NC.

Durham Public Schools. K-6 Teaching Assistant. 2014-2016. Durham, NC.

Frydenhøjskolen. K-2 Teaching Assistant. 2016. Copenhagen, Denmark.


Education

University of California-Irvine

Ph.D. in Education | STEM Teaching & Learning
M.A. | STEM Teaching & Learning


Expected 2023

2020

Duke University

B.A. | Public Policy; Japanese; Education
2018

Skills

Programming Languages & Tools
Design Tools
Statistics Software