Ed-tech researcher & designer
I'm Jennifer Hill: a Computer Science Ph.D. who is passionate about creating usable, useful, innovative educational techologies. 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 educational technology consultant for Save the Children International, where I have conducted numerous desk studies and contributed reports and recommendations for introducing effective technology solutions to many of 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.
Nothing excites 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 apply technology for real impact in the education space.
Education & Technology Consultant Aug 2018 - Jan 2019Save the Children International (Freelance)
- Conducted a thorough desk study on effective (and ineffective) educational technologies for children at different developmental stages
- Drafted Software Requirements Specifications and created high fidelity mock-ups for a digital toolkit app for field workers and directors of Child Friendly Spaces
- Researched and compiled database of information on innovative applications of educational technology in developing country contexts
- Wrote various reports and recommendations on ways to support and enhance Save the Children’s international and US education programs with technology
Lead Researcher/Developer May 2013 - May 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 Developer (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