Professor of Learning Sciences & Educational Technology | Director of NYU-LEARN | Acting Program Co-Director of ECT Programs
Administration, Leadership, and Technology
Alyssa Friend Wise is Professor of Learning Sciences & Educational Technology in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and the Director of LEARN, NYU's university-wide Learning Analytics Research Network. Her work is widely recognized for its contributions to the learning sciences and learning analytics literatures and has been extensively funded by government agencies and private foundations.
Dr. Wise's research is situated at the intersection of the learning sciences and educational data science, focusing on the design of learning analytics systems that are theoretically grounded, computationally robust, and pedagogically useful for informing teaching and learning. She has published extensively on the identification of useful traces of learning in large data sets and the application of these to inform educational decision-making by designers, instructors and students. Her work ranges from applying natural language processing, social network analysis and predictive modelling techniques to extract meaning from MOOC data to interpretative mixed-method investigations of the ways in which educational practices are being reshaped as students and instructors have access to new sources of data about their own teaching and learning. She has also conducted influential research on the design of computer-supported collaborative learning systems in both online and physical environments and is particularly known for her pioneering work conceptualizing and researching learners' online listening behaviors. You can access many of Dr. Wise's publications through her Google Scholar profile.
Dr. Wise served as an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Learning Analytics from 2017 to 2021 and as an Associate Editor of the Journal of the Learning Sciences from 2016 to 2019. She currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of the Learning Sciences, the International Journal of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning and Educational Technology Research & Development. She also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Society for Learning Analytics Research from 2012 to 2018 and on the Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Committee within the International Society of the Learning Sciences from 2012 to 2016. Previously Dr. Wise was Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Educational Technology & Learning Design Programs at Simon Fraser University in Canada after several years spent teaching High School Physics and Computers in Brazil and Ecuador. She holds a Ph.D. in the Learning Sciences and M.S. in Instructional Systems Technology, both from Indiana University, and a B.S. in Chemistry from Yale University.