Joseph Jay Williams

Joseph Jay Williams is a computational cognitive scientist whose research investigates the automatic adaptation of digital educational technologies to enhance and personalise how students are taught. He redesigns technology components like interactive lessons and exercises to be "MOOClets", which are micro-laboratories that crowdsource teachers’ and scientists’ ideas about designing technology to motivate and teach students, and then discover which designs work best for which students. As a Research Fellow at Harvard University he does human-computer into online education through HarvardX, Vice Provost for Advances in Learning, and the Intelligent Interactive Systems group. He completed his postdoctoral research at Stanford University in Education, and received his PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He believes that technology development is driven by bringing together teachers and scientists to collaboratively personalise students’ education and works with large-scale platforms like Khan Academy, EdX, Moodle, and ASSISTments to bridge science with real-world teaching and entrepreneurship.
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