(Remote Internship) UX Research in Online Communities
1Cademy is a collaborative community that supports interdisciplinary research and learning through content generation, mapping, and evaluation. We have multiple successful communities from various fields collaborating regularly by summarizing and organizing content on the platform. This community is focused on learning how to make healthier, more engaged online communities in order to improve our users’ learning, contributions, and experience. The UX Research in Online Communities team is dedicated to uncovering, presenting, and compiling the latest literature and research on creating and maintaining engaging and beneficial online communities. Our goal is to understand how to foster online communities where users actively contribute their ideas and value the perspectives of their peers. We are seeking a team of dedicated students to conduct thorough research in various disciplines including psychology, social science, cognitive science, information science, and economics. Utilizing the 1Cademy platform, we will take notes, organize ideas, and map concepts from the literature we find. Ultimately, our aim is to apply our findings to make meaningful improvements to the 1Cademy platform and enhance the user experience of our online communities.
We have recently published the following papers in ACM conferences:
- YeckehZaare, I., Chen, S., & Barghi, T. (2023). Reducing Procrastination Without Sacrificing Students' Autonomy Through Optional Weekly Presentations of Student-Generated Content. In Proceedings of the 54th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE 2023), March 15--18, 2023, Toronto, Canada. ACM.
- YeckehZaare, I., Mulligan, V., Ramstad, G. V., & Resnick, P. (2022). Semester-level Spacing but Not Procrastination Affected Student Exam Performance. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK‘22) online, March 21-25, 2022. ACM.
- YeckehZaare, I., Grot, G., & Aronoff, C. (2022). Retrieval-based Teaching Incentivizes Spacing and Improves Grades in Computer Science Education. In Proceedings of the 53rd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education V. 1 (SIGCSE 2022), March 3--5, 2022, Providence, RI, USA. ACM.
- YeckehZaare, I., Grot, G., Dimovski, I., Pollock, K., & Fox, E. (2022). Another Victim of COVID-19: Computer Science Education. In Proceedings of the 53rd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education V. 1 (SIGCSE 2022), March 3--5, 2022, Providence, RI, USA. ACM.
- YeckehZaare, I., Fox, E., Grot, G., Chen, S., Walkosak, C., Kwon, K., ... & Silverstein, N. (2021, August). Incentivized Spacing and Gender in Computer Science Education. In Proceedings of the 17th ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research (pp. 18-28).
- Yeckehzaare, I., Barghi, T., & Resnick, P. (2020, April). QMaps: Engaging Students in Voluntary Question Generation and Linking. In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1-14).
- YeckehZaare, I., Resnick, P., & Ericson, B. (2019, July). A spaced, interleaved retrieval practice tool that is motivating and effective. In Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research (pp. 71-79).
- YeckehZaare, I., & Resnick, P. (2019, February). Speed and Studying: Gendered Pathways to Success. In Proceedings of the 50th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (pp. 693-698).
By Joining Us, You Will ...
- Learn how to use the 1Cademy platform for information management, organization, and dissemination purposes
- Collaborate with a team of motivated and invested research interns from around the world
- Gain experience evaluating, paraphrasing, and presenting research
- Gain experience working in a remote setting and collaborating with a team on academic research
- Work toward reviewing and synthesizing literature into original research
- Have opportunities to take on leadership roles
- Get involved in all aspects of conducting an online controlled experiment under the supervision of Iman YeckehZaare.
- Motivation to read new and upcoming research papers outside your area of interest
- Enthusiasm for topics related to social sciences, information sciences, or economics
- Fluency in writing and reading in English
- Ability to verbally communicate effectively and facilitate team meetings
- Experience and willingness to work in collaborative environments
- Ability to engage in group discourse and resolve complex issues
- Ability to work asynchronously and independently
- Strong presentation and summarization skills
- Submit your most current resume and unofficial transcripts, indicating a GPA above 3.4/4.0
- Explain in a few paragraphs why you apply to this specific community.
- Complete our community-specific quiz by answering a set of questions about some research papers or book chapters and get a satisfying score
We have a weekly requirement for presentations, where the interns present the topics they have studied from research papers during the week. We also have a point system that dynamically measures the quality of contributions based on feedback from the community leader and other interns.
- Work asynchronously and attend online meetings once per week.
- Contribute 15-20 hours/week of your time to developing the 1Cademy platform
- Use the 1Cademy platform to organize knowledge
- Work with a team to develop and improve the Online Communities area of 1Cademy
- Support research projects by summarizing background literature
- Work remotely for all interactions, task fulfillment, and communications
- Translate research into ideas to improve the experience of 1Cademy communities
How to apply
Follow the instructions at https://1cademy.us/community/UX_Research_in_Online_Communities
- Participation is unpaid, solely for the purpose of improving research and education.
- This position meets US Department of Labor Federal Internship Guidelines.