sylvan at media . mit . edu
Elisabeth received her PhD in Mitchel
Resnick's Lifelong Kindergarten
Group. She builds
tools and environments that support social design activities
and studies learning communities from a network perspective.
For her thesis she developed a model of how learners collaborate by
studying their communication and idea exchange in Online Communities of Creators (OCOCs)
Based on her findings,
she builds web and cellphone-based technologies for engaging
children in understanding how they influenced and are influenced
by others. These technologies include visual representation of
children's own egocentric networks and survey systems that allow
children to design their own social science research projects. She completed her master's thesis, "Dealing with
Distractions: Analyzing and Designing for Task Switching at Work"
in Professor Dan Ariely's eRationality Group. She received her B.S.
in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University.