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Technology can
Help folks be eager learners
Fruitful in context

I am Ido Roll, Senior Manager for Research and Evaluation in the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT) in the University of British Columbia (UBC).

I graduated from the Human Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) at Carnegie Mellon University, and later was a researcher at the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI) and the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education (ECPS) in UBC.

I lead the Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (
ISoTL) at UBC. I am an associate editor of the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education (IJAIED), a guest editor of the Journal of Learning Analytics (JLA), was the program co-chair of Learning at Scale 2016 (L@S), and chair the edX Data Analytics and Research XCommittee (edX).

I study how adaptive technologies can support students in becoming more competent, curious, creative, and collaborative learners in classroom and online settings. I believe that educational technologies can and should become a social equalizer, and thus I focus on supporting students' self-regulation, agency, and motivation using interactive learning environments. Together with improving instruction, I work to transform assessments and provide tools for instructors.

I am particularly interested in using large-scale fine-grain data to support personalized instruction and inform theories of learning, as part of the growing field of Learning Analytics. I work across different time scales, from minutes (in problem solving environments and simulations) to months (in MOOCs and Learning Management Systems). I seek to create synergy between the art of education, theories of cognition, engineering of adaptive technologies, and the method of science.