Jennifer Hill

Ed-tech software designer

Jennifer Hill

I'm Jennifer Hill: a newly-minted Computer Science Ph.D. with a passion for creating usable, useful, innovative software.

Unlike many who graduate with a Ph.D., I did not focus my doctoral education on esoteric research: rather, I have spent the last five years creating, designing, developing, and managing two educational software projects in the research lab that I started, known as the Learning Technologies Research group.

These two projects (CAPITAL and REMind) have been my passion for the past five years. I have been responsible for every aspect of the software development process: researching the problems, pitching the concepts to clients, creating the designs, documenting the architecture, building and maintaining the front and back ends, and conducting usability tests with prototype designs -- and I have loved every second of every part of it.

Nothing excites me more than seeing an idea come to life in a product that has a tangible impact for real users. I'm always looking for ways to innovate to solve real-world problems, whether that be making interfaces more intuitive, brainstorming high-level algorithmic solutions, or conducting research and working with users to learn their wants and needs. I thrive in an environment where I can wear many hats. I have a lot of ideas and I'm ready to put them to work!

Education

The George Washington University 2012 - 2017
Ph.D., Computer Science
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)
Hood College 2008 - 2012
B.S., Computer Science

Experience

  • Educational Technology Consultant (Freelance) Aug - Sep 2018
    The Save the Children Fund
    • Drafted software requirements specifications and created high fidelity mock-ups for a digital toolkit app for field workers and directors of Child Friendly Spaces – [Contact: Sarita Fritzler]
    • Researched innovative applications of educational technology in developing country contexts (ICT4D) and wrote reports on ways to support Save the Children’s international and US education programs through technology – [Contact: John Zoltner]
  • Lead Researcher/Developer May 2013 - Jan 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 Center Intern Sep 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

Software

Creator / developer / designer
Co-creator / co-designer / consultant
Designer / owner

Presentations

2017 - Dissertation defense
2016 - NAACL BEA conference
2016 - ProLiteracy conference
2016 - CS 101 NLP talk

Awards and Accomplishments

  • Second place: 2016 SEAS Research & Development Showcase, theoretical research category: [View poster]
  • Scholarship: GWU Provost's Graduate Research Fellowship, 2012-2017
  • Publications

    2018

  • 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.