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Rod Roscoe

Asst Professor
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2880
Biography

Dr. Rod Roscoe is an Assistant Professor of Human Systems Engineering in the Polytechnic School of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. He is also an affiliate of the Institute for the Science of Teaching and Learning.

His research investigates how cognitive, metacognitive, and motivational learning processes can be scaffolded by educational technology. He is also interested in how the intersection of learning science, computer science, and user science can inform effective and innovative uses of educational technologies.

In 2017, Dr. Roscoe earned a Tooker Professorship to study and advance the Human Systems Engineering curriculum, and to explore how this program can improve students' engineering and change how they conceptualize and solve engineering problems.

Education

He earned his PhD in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. From 2007-2009 he was a Research Associate with the Institute for Software Integrated Systems at Vanderbilt University (Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science). From 2009-2011 he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Institute for Intelligent Systems at the University of Memphis (Dept. of Psychology). From 2011-2013, he held the position of Assistant Research Professor in the Learning Sciences Institute at Arizona State University.

Research Interests

Dr. Roscoe's research investigates how educational technologies, strategy instruction, and peer support can promote effective cognitive, metacognitive, and motivational learning processes. He has co-developed and studied teachable agent environments that scaffold causal reasoning and self-regulation in STEM domains (e.g., Betty's Brain) and tutoring systems that support writing instruction and formative feedback (e.g., Writing Pal). Dr. Roscoe has also explored the use of natural language processing tools (e.g., Coh-Metrix) to assess writing and personalize feedback for learners.

Recent studies have investigated the design of multimedia learning materials, user perceptions of automated feedback, patterns of writing and revising, and consumer decision making related to online information search.

Dr. Roscoe welcomes undergraduate and graduate students to contact him regarding research opportunities in the SLATE Lab. SLATE Lab is associated with both the Polytechnic Campus (primary) and Tempe Campus.

Publications

Example Publications:

Roscoe, R. D., Wilson, J., Johnson, A. C., & Mayra, C. R. (2017). Presentation, expectations, and experience: Sources of student perceptions of automated writing evaluation. Computers in Human Behavior, 70, 207-221.

Roscoe, R. D., Grebitus, C., O’Brian, J., Johnson, A. C., & Kula, I. (2016). Online information search and consumer choice: effects of web search stance. Computers in Human Behavior, 56, 103-118.

Roscoe, R. D., Jacovina, M. E., Harry, D., Russell, D., & McNamara, D. S. (2015). Partial verbal redundancy in multimedia presentations for writing strategy instruction. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 29, 669-679.

Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HSE 390Qualitative Research Methods
HSE 426Training and Expertise
HSE 492Honors Directed Study
HSE 499Individualized Instruction
HSE 584Internship
HSE 592Research
HSE 599Thesis
HSE 792Research
HSE 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HSE 427Designing for Learning
HSE 428Judgment and Decision Making
HSE 492Honors Directed Study
HSE 493Honors Thesis
HSE 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 560Advances/Theoretical Psych
HSE 592Research
HSE 599Thesis
HSE 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HSE 390Qualitative Research Methods
HSE 426Training and Expertise
HSE 493Honors Thesis
HSE 499Individualized Instruction
HSE 592Research
HSE 599Thesis
SMC 792Research
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 592Research
PSY 599Thesis
SMC 792Research
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 320Learning and Motivation
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 439Training and Skill Acquisition
PSY 492Honors Directed Study
PSY 493Honors Thesis
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 560Advances/Theoretical Psych
PSY 592Research
PSY 599Thesis
SMC 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 304Effective Thinking
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 439Training and Skill Acquisition
PSY 592Research
PSY 599Thesis
SMC 792Research
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 592Research
SMC 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 320Learning and Motivation
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 560Advances/Theoretical Psych
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 304Effective Thinking
PSY 439Training and Skill Acquisition
PSY 592Research
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 493Honors Thesis
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 590Reading and Conference
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 290Research Methods
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 439Training and Skill Acquisition
PSY 599Thesis
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