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Alyssa Wise, Director of LEARN, in discussion group at NYU Tech Summit


The Learning Analytics Research Network (LEARN) combines deep expertise in advanced data science methods with practiced skill in the research and development of innovative learning approaches to support NYU in becoming a living learning system. LEARN’s efforts make NYU a leader in data-informed teaching and learning while also generating impactful new knowledge for the field about how analytics can promote equitable and effective education. 

LEARN is a collaborative effort led by Director Alyssa Wise, focused on community change that puts people, not data, first. 

Among its key characteristics are:

  • Building partnerships between researchers, information technology staff, faculty, administrators and students to jointly advance data-informed teaching and learning
  • Creating and supporting effective teaching and learning tools that augment human capacity to improve educational processes
  • Acting as an intellectual hub for innovation where exciting new ideas about data-informed education arise, germinate, and spark action
  • Promoting a culture of ethical data use grounded in shared principles and jointly-developed policies
  • Connecting learning analytics efforts at NYU with the larger scholarly community
  • Leveraging data traces to understand and improve learning both face-to-face and online 


Alyssa Wise

Associate Professor of Learning Sciences & Educational Technology

Yoav Bergner

Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences/Educational Technology

Xavier Ochoa

Assistant Professor of Learning Analytics

Kayla DesPortes

Assistant Professor of Human-Computer Interactions


Executive Committee

Phyllis Frankl

Professor of Computer Science and Engineering - Tandon School of Engineering

Marina Marin

Associate Director of Information Management - School of Medicine

Joshua Merfeld

Clinical Assistant Professor of Public Service - Wagner School of Public Service

Allen Mincer

Professor of Physics; Collegiate Professor - College of Arts and Sciences

Selin Kalaycioglu

Clinical Associate Professor of Mathematics - Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences

Kristen Sosulski

Clinical Associate Professor of Information, Operations & Management Sciences - Stern School of Business

Ben Maddox

Chief Instructional Technology Officer - NYU Information Technology, Adjunct Faculty

Clay Shirky

Vice Provost for Educational Technologies - NYU Information Technology

Team Members

  • Maurice Boothe Jr., Social Media
  • Chiao-Yin (Jessie) Chang, Social Media
  • Owen Fancy, Dashboard Designer


  • Avi Chawla, Researcher, Spring 2018 - Summer 2018
  • Yi Cui, Junior Research Scientist, Fall 2016 - Summer 2018
  • Rujun Han, Researcher, Summer 2018
  • Eunyoung Jeon, Researcher, Summer 2019
  • Simon Knight, Visiting Scholar, Fall 2020
  • Sarita Liu, Researcher, Fall 2019
  • Sophie Sommer, Researcher, Summer 2019 - Fall 2019
  • Trang Thi Thuy Tran, Researcher, Summer 2019 - Fall 2019
  • Jean Vassoyan, Intern, Summer 2020 - Fall 2020
  • Jill-Jênn Vie, Visiting Scholar, Spring 2019