Ed-tech software designer
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!
Educational Technology Consultant (Freelance) Aug - Sep 2018The 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 2018The George Washington UniversitySchool 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 2018The George Washington UniversityBusiness 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