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Danielle McNamara

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1104
Biography: 

Danielle McNamara is the director of the Science of Learning and Educational Technology (SoLET) laboratory at Arizona State University. The SoLET Lab conducts research to better understand cognition and learning, with a particular focus on reading comprehension and writing processes. They focus on discovering new methods to improve students’ ability to understand challenging text, learn new information, and convey their thoughts and ideas in writing. Their work integrates various approaches and methodologies including the development of game-based, intelligent tutoring systems (e.g., iSTART, Writing Pal), the development of natural language processing tools (e.g., iSTART, Writing Pal, Coh-Metrix, the Writing Assessment Tool), basic research to better understand cognitive and motivational processes involved in comprehension and writing, and the use of learning analytics across multiple contexts. This interdisciplinary research group applies research and methods from multiple disciplines, including education, psychology, linguistics, computer science, and learning analytics to develop learning environments and natural language processing tools. Their online tutoring system, iSTART, provides instruction and adaptive practice on reading comprehension strategies, and the Writing Pal provides instruction and practice to use writing strategies. These systems are appropriate and effective with middle and high school students, college students, and adult literacy learners. Current work is focussed on developing a Writing Analytics tool for teachers, students, and researchers, and iSTART-Early, a game-based version of iSTART for elementary grade students.  Current work is also focussed on developing ASU Learning@Scale which provides a platform to researchers to access ASU student data and conduct experimental studies geared toward enhancing learning. 

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Cognitive Psychology, University of Colorado-Boulder 1992
  • M.A. Clinical Psychology Wichita State University, Kansas 1989
  • B.A. Linguistics, University of Kansas 1982
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Research Activity: 
Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 591Seminar
PSY 592Research
PSY 792Research
PSY 799Dissertation
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 592Research
PSY 792Research
Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 592Research
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 591Seminar
PSY 592Research
PSY 792Research
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 592Research
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 592Research
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 591Seminar
PSY 592Research
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 592Research
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 592Research
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 191First-Year Seminar
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
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