Jennifer Hill, Ph.D.

Researcher // designer // writer

Jennifer Hill

I'm Jennifer Hill: a Computer Science Ph.D. who is passionate about educational technology and user-centric design. I started the Learning Technologies Research group at GWU, where I spent the five years of my doctoral studies creating, designing, developing, and managing two educational software projects: CAPITAL and REMind.

Since graduating, I have been working as a freelance consultant on a variety of research and design projects. Much of my work has been for Save the Children International, where I have conducted desk studies and contributed reports and recommendations for introducing effective educational technology solutions to their US and international education programs. I have also written Software Requirements Specifications documents and created high-fidelity mock-ups for an international development software toolkit. I have also designed and maintained several websites, including DC's recent Metrobus Report Card, a partnership with The Coalition for Smarter Growth.

Nothing satisfies me more than seeing a well-researched, evidence-based idea come to life in a product that has a tangible impact for real users. I'm thorough, hard-working, attentive to detail, and passionate about finding ways to bring together useful technologies with clean, intuitive designs.


Ph.D., Computer Science 2012 - 2017
The George Washington University
Focus: Educational technology, adult literacy, automatic question generation, human-computer interaction
Thesis: Algorithmic Generation and Mobile Distribution of Phonetic, Orthographic, and Inference-Based Literacy Exercises for Adult Learners (Defended December 2017)
B.S., Computer Science 2008 - 2012
Hood College



Research/design/writing: Metrobus Report Card May-July 2019
Coalition for Smarter Growth
  • Created
  • Researched, co-authored, and designed official print version of report Metrobus Report Card: Better buses for a more equitable and sustainable city
  • Presented findings at public forum alongside panel of DC transit experts
Research: Educational Technology Workshop Oct-Dec 2018
Save the Children U.S.
Conducted a thorough desk study on effective (and ineffective) educational technologies for children at different developmental stages and presented findings at a workshop
Writing/design: Child Friendly Spaces Toolkit project Sept 2018
Save the Children International
Drafted Software Requirements Specifications and created high fidelity user interface mock-ups for a digital toolkit app for field workers and directors of Child Friendly Spaces
Research/writing: ICT4D in Education project Aug 2018
Save the Children International
Researched and compiled database of information on innovative applications of educational technology in developing country contexts and wrote reports and recommendations on ways to support and enhance Save the Children’s international and US education programs with existing technologies

Academic work

Lead Researcher/Developer 2013 - 2018
The George Washington University
School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Founded the Learning Technologies Research group
  • Created and served as lead designer, developer, and manager of the CAPITAL adult literacy learning application and REMind learning management system
  • Conducted extensive research on literacy acquisition, mobile learning, and software design paradigms for under-served communities and users with limited digital literacy
  • Developed and analyzed novel algorithms for automatically generating foundational literacy learning materials from an existing curriculum
  • Worked with instructors at adult literacy organizations to determine their needs for educational tools and piloted them with students in various classrooms
Data Management Developer (Intern) Sept 2017 - Jan 2018
The George Washington University
Business Intelligence Office
  • Made significant modifications to the Data Management Center's internal tool to improve usability and performance
  • Helped build missing features of internal tool by leveraging Collibra APIs to help move product closer to production

UI Design

Commissioned by Save the Children

Slide Decks

2018 - MetroHero data visualization
2017 - Dissertation defense
2016 - NAACL BEA conference
2016 - ProLiteracy conference
2016 - CS 101 NLP talk




  • J. Hill, “Algorithmic Generation and Mobile Distribution of Phonetic, Orthographic, and Inference-Based Literacy Exercises for Adult Learners,” The George Washington University, 2018. (Unpublished doctoral thesis).
  • 2016

  • J. Hill and R. Simha, “Designing a Literacy-Based Mobile Application for Adult Learners,” in Proceedings of the 34th Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2016, pp. 3076–3083.
  • J. Hill and R. Simha, “Automatic Generation of Context-Based Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises Using Co-occurrence Likelihoods and Google n-grams,” in Proceedings of the 11th Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications, 2016, pp. 23–30.
  • 2015

  • J. Hill, W. Randolph Ford, and I. G. Farreras, “Real conversations with artificial intelligence: A comparison between human–human online conversations and human–chatbot conversations,” Computers in Human Behavior, vol. 49, pp. 245–250, 2015.
  • Websites and apps

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