Elham Beheshti

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. My research intersects learning theories and human-computer interaction. Through the design and evaluation of innovative learning technologies, I study how technology can enhance learning experiences that happen across multiple contexts, such as classrooms, homes, and museums. In particular, I am interested in creating technology-based learning environments that support deep and open-ended inquiry activities in collaborative settings. Examples of these technologies include touch-based interfaces, wearables, augmented reality, and interactive visualization. I am also interested in developing learning environments in support of computing education and computational literacy. In this line of research, I explore creating novel learning environments that embed coding in learners’ existing knowledge and activities.

I completed my PhD in computer science at Northwestern University in 2017. I got my M.Sc. from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and received my B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran.