Educational Communication and Technology

Adjunct Faculty: Melissa Biles

Melissa Biles: Adjunct Instructor

 Melissa BilesMelissa Biles is an experienced educational media consultant bringing expertise in a wide array of areas including: learning game design, information and interaction design, digital media research, developmental psychology, early literacy development, biometrics and neuropsychology, learning analytics, management information systems, and graphic design. Her prior experience includes work with educational startups, formative and summative research for educational children's television shows such as Little Einstein's, Super Why!, and Word World, as well as research projects examining usability and learning outcomes for organizations like the Ready-to-Learn Partnership, Disney, United Laboratories, and the Music Together program. From her time as a researcher at the National Center of The Parent-Child Home Program, a non-profit that oversees an evidence-based early literacy, parenting, and school readiness intervention model for low income families, Melissa brings expertise in the design and evaluation of program efficacy, fidelity of implementation, data collection systems, database structure, quality assurance, and online training modules. Other past research areas include the kinematics of developing tool use, infant object perception, and game-based physical therapy interventions for children with cerebral palsy.

In her work at the NYU CREATE Lab (Consortium for Research and Evaluation of Advanced Technology in Education), she is involved in projects focusing on design research into learning game components such as learning mechanics, incentive systems, affective design, level design, and adaptive learning. Her current research interests include game theory, self-regulation, micro- vs. macro- adaptivity, executive functions, and the use of educational data mining, data visualization, and psychophysiological (i.e., eyetracking, EEG, GSR) measures in games research.

Melissa holds bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Spanish from Tulane University, a Masters in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College Columbia University, and is in the final stages of her Ph.D. in Educational Communication and Technology at NYU. She has five years of experience teaching graduate level courses such as Designing Games & Simulations for Learning, Cognition and Educational Technology, and Games & Play at NYU Steinhardt and CUNY’s Hunter College.