June Ahn is an Associate Professor in the Educational Communication and Technology program. He has a PhD in Urban Education Policy from the University of Southern California, MA in Computing and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an AB in Computing and Education (Independent Major) from Brown University.
June conducts research on the design, implementation, and evaluation of learning technologies. He is interested in designing and understanding sociotechnical systems - or how social, cultural, and institutional factors intersect with the affordances of new technologies - to create enhanced and equitable learning opportunities for all learners. His current research includes designing social media and public displays to facilitate the noticing of science learning across neighborhood settings; designing and studying the efficacy of alternate reality games for playful learning; and researcher-practitioner partnerships with school districts to use data and analytics to understand the impact of educational software and blended learning. His work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Education Sciences.
Previously, June was an Assistant Professor (promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2016) at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) where he held a joint appointment in the College of Information Studies and College of Education. He directed the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL), one of the oldest HCI labs in the country. His research spans across the fields of Learning Sciences, Information Sciences, Education, and Human-Computer Interaction. His work has received best paper nominations across these fields including at the International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS), American Educational Research Association (AERA), Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), and the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST).