Education

PhD in Learning Sciences, 2013-2018  — Northwestern University, School of Education and Social Policy, Evanston, IL, USA. Committee: Matthew Easterday (advisor), Elizabeth Gerber (co-advisor), Christopher Riesbeck, Bruce Sherin. 

MA in Learning Sciences, 2010-2011 — Northwestern University, School of Education and Social Policy, Evanston, IL, USA. Advisor: James Spillane.  

BA English and Philosophy, joint honors, 2000-2004 — The University of Sussex, School of Cultural and Community Studies, Falmer, Sussex, UK.  

Research experience

Post-doctoral Research Scholar, Northwestern University, Segal Design Institute, Delta lab — November 2018-present

Lead research projects on assessing learning of design practices, understanding the needs of design students, and creating technologies and pedagogies for real-world design projects. Grant writing. PIs: Elizabeth Gerber, Matthew Easterday

Visiting research scholar, Northwestern university, Delta Lab, Segal Design Institute — 2012-2013

Researched and developed tools to teach Design for America undergraduates taking on real-world design challenges. Created and tested tools for novice group critique, and project scoping. PIs: Elizabeth Gerber, Matthew Easterday 

Graduate Research Assistant, Northwestern University, School of Education & Social Policy  — 2010-2011

Conducted data analysis on school leadership interactions and organizational advice networks. PIs: James Spillane, Becca Löwenhaupt

Research

Journal articles

Rees Lewis, D.G., Carlson. S.E., & Gerber, E.M., & Easterday, M.W (2019). Opportunities for educational innovations in authentic project-based learning: Understanding instructor perceived challenges to design for adoption. The Journal of Educational Technology, Research and Development (ETRD).

Harburg, E., Rees Lewis, D.G., Easterday, M.W., & Gerber, E.M. (2019). Understanding online public validation for project-based learning communities. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI).

Gerber, E.M., Easterday, M.W., Rees Lewis, D.G., (2018). Social innovation networks: Scaling studio-based learning. Design Issues.

Rees Lewis, D.G., Easterday, M.W., Harburg, E., Gerber, E.M., & Riesbeck, C. (2017). Overcoming barriers between volunteer professionals advising project-based learning teams with regulation tools. British Journal of Educational Technology (BJET).

Carlson, S., Rees Lewis, D.G., Easterday, M.W., & Gerber, E.M. (2017). Challenges of peer instruction in an undergraduate student-led learning community: bi-directional diffusion as a crucial instructional process. Instructional Science.

Easterday, M.W., Rees Lewis, D.G., & Gerber, E.M. (2017). Designing crowdcritique systems for formative feedback. International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education (IJAIED).

Easterday, M.W., Rees Lewis, D.G., & Gerber, E.M., (2017). Design-based research: A formal definition. Learning: Research and Practice.

Easterday, M.W., Rees Lewis, D.G., Gerber, E.M., (2016). The logic of the theoretical and practical products of design research. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET).

Full conference papers (peer reviewed, archival proceedings)

Rees Lewis, D.G., Gorson, J., Maliakal, L.V., Carlson, S.E., Riesbeck, C.K., Gerber, E.M., & Easterday, M.W. (2018). Planning to Iterate: Supporting iterative practices for real-world ill-structured problem-solving. International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS).

Carlson, S.E., Maliakal, L.V., Rees Lewis, D.G., Gorson, J., Gerber, E.M., & Easterday, M.W., (2018). Defining and assessing risk analysis: The key to strategic iteration in real-world problem solving. International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS).

Zhang, H., Easterday, M.W., Gerber, E.M., Rees Lewis, D.G., & Maliakal, L., (2017). Agile research studios: Orchestrating communities of practice to advance research training at scale. ACM Computer Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW).

Rees Lewis, D.G., Harburg, E., Gerber, E.M., & Easterday, M.W., (2015). Building help seeking tools for novice designers. ACM Creativity & Cognition (C&C). 

Easterday, M.W., Rees Lewis, D.G., Fitzpatrick, C., & Gerber, E.M., (2014). Computer supported novice group critique.  ACM Design of Interactive Systems (DIS).

Easterday, M.W., Rees Lewis, D.G., & Gerber, E.M (2014). Design-based research process: Problems, phases, and applications. International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS).

Short conference papers, posters, workshops & symposia

Rees Lewis, D.G., Gerber, E.M. & Easterday, M.W. (2019). StandUp: Engaging Professionals to Coach Design Projects. Poster presented at Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL).

Rees Lewis, D.G., Gerber, E.M. & Easterday, M.W. (2019). Assessing Iterative Planning for Real-world Design Teams. Poster presented at Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL).

Rees Lewis, D.G., Carlson, S., Easterday, M.W., & Gerber, E.M., (2017). Empirical investigation of challenges for PBL stakeholders in engineering education. Poster presented at European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI).

Carlson, S., Rees Lewis, D.G., Easterday, M.W., & Gerber, E.M., (2017). Challenges of student leaders as facilitators in learning communities. Paper presented at European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI). 

Easterday, M.W., Rees Lewis, D.G., & Gerber, E.M., (2015). The products of design-based research. Poster presented at the International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL).

Easterday, M.W., Rees Lewis, D.G., & Gerber, E.M. (2015). Crowdsourcing critique. Workshop at the International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL).

Rees Lewis, D.G., Easterday, M.W., & Gerber, E.M., (2015). Supporting project scoping: The scoping wheel. Poster presented at Harvey Mudd Design Workshop IX.

Rees Lewis, D.G., Easterday, M.W., & Gerber, E.M., (2015). Helping engineers thrive: Feedback systems for ill-defined challenges. Poster presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (AERA).

Easterday, M.W., Rees Lewis, D.G., & Gerber, E.M., (2013) Formative feedback in Digital Lofts: Learning environments for real world innovation. Workshop at International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED).

Easterday, M.W., Gerber, E.M., & Rees Lewis, D.G., (2013). Applying human-centered design methods to learner-centered design: A case study. Symposium at the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI).

Phelan, P., Rees Lewis, D.G., & Gerber, E.M., Easterday, M.W. (2013). Using mobile technology to support learning design observations. Poster presented at the International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL).

Journal articles & full conference papers in preparation

Carlson, S.E., Maliakal, L.V., Rees Lewis, D.G., Gorson, J., Gerber, E.M., & Easterday, M.W., (in review). Risk analysis: Defining and assessing the key to strategic iteration in real-world problem solving.

Rees Lewis, D.G., Gorson, J., Maliakal, L.V., Carlson, S.E., Riesbeck, C.K., Gerber, E.M., & Easterday, M.W. (in preparation). Planning to Iterate: Designing for real-world ill-structured problem-solving.

Rees Lewis, D.G., Gerber, E.M., Carlson, S.E., & Easterday, M.W. (in preparation). Student perceived challenges in authentic project-based learning classes: Barriers to adoption.

Funding

Grants awarded 

Nguyen, M. (PI), Rees Lewis, D.G. (Co-PI, Founder), Easterday, M.W., (Co-PI, Founder), Gerber, E.M. (Co-PI, Founder). “The Loft: A Platform for Innovation Education”. National Science Foundation (US) SBIR Phase I ($224,864, 12 months). 2019.

Easterday, M.W., (PI), Gerber, E.M. (Co-PI), Rees Lewis, D.G. (EL—Entrepreneurial Lead). “The Loft: A digital studio for training networks of novice innovators”. National Science Foundation (US) I-Corps ($50,000, 6 months). 2015.

Gerber, E.M. (PI), Rees Lewis, D.G. (Co-PI; PA*), Lesser, J. (Co-PI), Shyrokova, A. (Co-PI), Nerenberg, S. (Co-PI), Easterday, M.W., (Co-PI).  “Design for America: A badge community for innovation” Digital Media Learning Competition Grant supported by the MacArthur and Mozilla Foundations ($175,000, 1 year). 2012-13. 

*PA = Primary applicant leads writing and delivers pitch.

Assisted

Gerber, E.M. (PI), Easterday, M.W. (Co-PI). “Digital Studios for Social Innovation Networks”. Cyberlearning DIP ($1,344,278, 3 years). 2015-18.

Easterday, M. (PI), Gerber, E. (Co-PI),  Kao, Y, (Co-PI). “Digital Lofts: Online learning environments for real-world innovation”. Cyberlearning EXP ($550,000, 2 years). 2013-15.

Fellowships and Awards

Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, semi-finalist (finalist results 05/2020)

Northwestern Graduate School Dissertation Year Fellowship. Full academic year stipend. 2017-18.

Northwestern Segal Design Cluster Fellowship. One quarter stipend. 2016.

Advanced Cognitive Science Fellowships. Northwestern University. Full academic year stipend. 2014-2015.

Cognitive Science Graduate Student Fellow, Northwestern University. Full academic year stipend. 2013-14.

Design for America Fellowship. One year stipend. 2012-13.

Norman Design Fund Awardee. 2015 ($550), 2018 ($600).

Teaching & Educational Design Experience

Chief Research and Development Officer, ForgeWorks, Evanston, IL, US; 2019

Led the design and execution of research that informed the development of educational technology.

INSTRUCTOR, SERVICE DESIGN (DSGN 395), Segal Design Institute, McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern, Evanston, IL, US; 2019

Led instruction of advanced undergraduate service design class. Coached teams undertaking real-world service design projects with client and users. Led planning, lecturing and grading.

Teaching Assistant, Design of Learning Environments (SESP 301), School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, US; 2014-2017

Co-taught compulsory design methods class for undergraduates. Coached teams designing curriculum and learning tools for real clients at Northwestern University and in the local community.  Co-planned, lectured and graded assignments. Facilitated critique sessions. Lead Instructor: Matthew Easterday.

Teaching assistant, observing human behavior (SESP 372), School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, US; 2015

Co-taught in compulsory ethnographic methods class for undergraduates. Co-planned, lectured, and graded assignments. Lead Instructor: Simone Ispa-Landa

instructor, Design for America Summer Studio, Segal design institute, Evanston, IL, US 2013-2017

Coached undergraduate student design teams working on real-world design challenges with partners in the local community. Designed curriculum, taught workshops, facilitated critique sessions, and managed professionals volunteering as design coaches.

Design for America Fellow, Learning Consultant, Design for America, Evanston, IL, US 2011-2013

Oversaw the design, evaluation and research on instruction for Design for America—a network of extracurricular design clubs based out of 40 universities across the US. Project lead for Design for America’s online learning platform. Other responsibilities included mentoring design teams, user research, expert and novice interviews, user testing, and teaching. Supervisor: Elizabeth Gerber.

Learning Consultant, Global nutrition group, Chicago, IL; 2011 – 2012

Researched, identified, and codified successful user research and innovation practices. Designed and provided development support for the creation of a User Research Toolkit and User Research Training Workshop Series. Supervisor: Jenna Susanke

Design Researcher, GARIBAY GROUP, Chicago, IL, US; 2011-2012

Conducted summative evaluations on museum exhibit for teaching scientific and mathematical reasoning. Analyzed video data, including creating coding scheme.

Lecturer & Instructional Designer, Enseirb-Matmeca, Bordeaux, France; 2008 – 2010

Designed syllabi and taught full time in a language and intercultural communications department of an elite French Graduate School for Engineers, preparing students for an international career.

Language Teacher, Intercultural Communications Consultant & Instructional Designer, Various, 2005 – 2008

Taught and designed syllabi for language learning and intercultural communication at schools and businesses in Poland, Vietnam, the United Kingdom and France.

Mentorship

Spencer Carlson, Northwestern Undergraduate (Learning Sciences PhD student, Northwestern University). 2015-2018 (3 years).

Elizabeth Chou, Northwestern Undergraduate (User Experience Designer, Yodle). 2015-18 (3 years).

Alex Sher, Northwestern Undergraduate (UX Intern, CME Group). 2016-17 (1 year).

Carolyn Mazanec, Northwestern Undergraduate (Account Development Manager, Adobe). 2014-17 (3 years).

Avery Fischer, Northwestern Undergraduate (Consumer Insights, Google). 2015-17 (2 years).

Bomani McClendon, Northwestern Undergraduate (Software Engineer, Facebook). 2017 (6 months).

Sameer Srivastava, Northwestern Undergraduate (Product Engineer, Leverege). 2017 (6 months).

Isabel Ngan, Northwestern Undergraduate (Account Executive, Cramer-Krasselt). 2015-16 (1 year).

Ellen Sarkisian, Northwestern MA (Implementation & Design Manager, Generation Schools Network). 2016 (6 months).

Serene Yu, Northwestern Undergraduate (Human Capital Consultant, Deloitte). 2016 (6 months). 

Alicia Kranjc, Northwestern Undergraduate (Product Developer, NowPow). 2016 (3 months).

Jaylen Prater, Northwestern Undergraduate (M.S. Integrated Marketing Communication, Medill School of Journalism). 2016 (3 months).

Bryan Berger, Northwestern Undergraduate (Product Development Engineer, 3M). 2013-15 (1 year 6 months).

Connor Regan, Northwestern Undergraduate (X-Product Strategist, Google). 2015 (6 months).

Justin Hatfield, Northwestern Undergraduate (Senior Analyst, HumanCentric). 2014-15 (6 months).

Cassie Coravos, Northwestern Undergraduate (Program Lead, Kiva Detroit; Fellow, Venture for America). 2013-14 (1 year).

Steph Shapiro, Northwestern Undergraduate (Information Designer, Uptake). 2013-14 (1 year).

Thea Klein-Meyer, Northwestern Undergraduate (Fellow, Allegheny Mountain Institute). 2012-13 (1 year).

James Kubik, Northwestern Undergraduate (CEO & Co-founder, Somewear Labs; Product Manager, Inuit). 2012-13 (1 year).

Teaching certifications

Developing People Internationally. Accreditation workshop for experienced intercultural trainers and consultants. York Associates. Paris, France. 2010.

Training the Trainer Qualification, Business And Technology Education Council, Level 4. College of Public Speaking. London, UK. 2010.

Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults(CELTA). Cambridge University ESOL. 2005.

Service

Academic, ad-hoc reviewing

International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS), International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL), ACM Computer Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW), ACM Interaction Design and Children (IDC), FabLearn Conference, International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations (IJGCMS).

Industry

Learning Committee Member, Design for America, Evanston, Illinois; 2013-2015.

Advisory Board Member for Education, Designing Chicago, Greater Good Studio. Chicago, Illinois. 2012-13.

Membership

International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS); American Educational Research Association (AERA); Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).