I am an assistant professor of digital youth at The Information School and an adjunct assistant professor in Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington. I am also a Senior Research Fellow at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. I earned a Ph.D. in science education from the University of Maryland – College Park, and a Masters in science and math education and a Bachelors in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania.

I am the PI and co-PI on several projects focusing on answering the question: “How do new technologies support collaborative learning in families?” To answer this question, I build innovative technologies for new collaborations and I examine how current technological trends already influence family collaborations around learning. I use theories and design methods from human-computer interaction, learning sciences, and information sciences to study these family interactions.

I am the winner of 12 paper awards from ACM SIGCHI, ACM CSCW, ACM DIS, the International Society of the Learning Sciences, and iConference and two University of Washington teaching awards.  My research is funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Jacobs Foundation, Amazon, Mozilla, Google, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Current Projects

Supporting the Development of Digital Playful Exploratory Resources to Combat Mis/disinformation through Online Intergenerational Co-design: We are designing a set of innovative online games in libraries to combat misinformation. The project will engage librarians, teens and children in creating a scalable curriculum for librarians to create their own play-based misinformation activities. The project is led by Associate Professors Jason Yip and Jin Ha Lee, along with Senior Principal Research Scientist Chris Coward. The iSchool researchers will collaborate with the Seattle Public Library, San Diego Public Library and rural libraries in Washington and Colorado (2022 – present).

Researcher in Participatory Design in Intergenerational Design Groups: I have researched and lead a participatory co-design team partnering with children, researchers and design collaborators on the development of technologies at the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Maryland. I am the current director of KidsTeam UW, an intergenerational co-design group of children and adults designing new technologies for children, with children (2015 – present).

Researcher in Search and Brokering in English Language Learning Families: I am conducting a large field study to understand how children of Latino American English language learning families are searching, translating, and brokering online information. This work is funded by a Google Faculty Research Award. My current and past work at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop focuses on how Latino heritage families use technologies in their homes and in other domains (2014 – present).

Games and Learning in Families: I research on how families learn and collaborate together through digital games. This includes research on Pokémon Go and designing games together with programming tools.

Internet of Things and Families: My research group studies how families learn together when they engage together with the IoT devices, like Amazon Echo and Google Home. This research is funded by Mozilla.

Current News

August 2022: Our team has just been awarded $249,917 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to co-design play-based exploratory activities to combat mis/disinformation in children.

September 2021: Jason Yip has been promoted with tenure to Associate Professor of Digital Youth.

June 2021: Wendy Roldan and our team just won a Best Paper Honorable Mention (Top 5%) at DIS.

  • Roldan, W., Li, Z., Gao, X., Kay Strickler, S., Hishikawa, A.M., Froehlich, J. E., & Yip, J. (2021). Pedagogical Strategies for Reflection in Project-based HCI Education with End Users. Proceedings of Designing Interactive Systems 2021.
    [PDF – Full paper]

April 2021: Our team has been awarded a Top Paper (Games Studies) at International Commutation Association conference.

April 2021: Kung Jin Lee and our team has just been awarded a Best Paper (Top 1%) at SIGCHI.

  • Lee, K.J., Roldan, W., Zhu, T.Q., Saluja, H.K., Na, S., Chin, B., Zeng, Y., Lee, J.H., & Yip, J.C. (2021). The show must go on: A conceptual model of conducting synchronous participatory design with children online. Submitted to Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery. 
    [PDF – Full paper (pre-print)]

March 2021: Our team just got a paper accepted to ACM Interaction Design and Children 2021

  • Simko, L., Chin, B., Na, S., Saluja, H.K., Zhu, T.Q., Kohno, T., Hiniker, A., Yip, J.C., & Cobb, C. (2021). Would you rather: A focus group method for eliciting and discussing formative design insights with children. In ACM Interaction Design and Children.
    [PDF – Full paper]

May 2020: Our lab has just won a National Science Foundation RAPID award to study families, learning, and technologies with COVID-19.

April 2020: Wendy Roldan and our team has just been awarded a Best Paper Honorable Mention (Top 5%) at SIGCHI.

  • Roldan, W., Gao, X., Hishikawa, A.M., Ku, T., Li, Z., Zhang, E., Froehlich, J., & Yip, J.C. (2020). Opportunities and challenges in involving users in project-based HCI education. In Proceedings of ACM SIGCHI Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2020). 
    [PDF – Full paper]

March 2020: I’ve been awarded a five year National Science Foundation CAREER award.

February 2020: I’ve been awarded a Jacobs Foundation Early Career Award (2020 – 2022).

March 2019: Wendy Roldan has just gotten a full paper accepted to Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning 2019.

  • Roldan, W., Vanegas, P., Pina, L., Gonzalez, C., & Yip, J.C. (2019). The role of funds of knowledge in online search and brokering. In Proceedings of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference.
    [PDF – Full Paper]

February 2019: We had an International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction paper published.

  • Kawas, S. Lawler, J.J., Yip, J.C., Chase, S., & Davis, K. (2019). Sparking interest: A design framework for mobile technologies to promote children’s interest in nature. International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction.
    [PDF – Full Paper]

January 2019: We had three full papers accepted to ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors:

  • Yip, J., Sobel, K., Gao, X., Hishikawa, A.M., Lim, A., Meng, L., Ofiana, R.F., Park, J., & Hiniker, A. (accepted). Laughing is scary, but farting is cute: A conceptual model of children’s perspectives of creepy technologies. In Proceedings of ACM SIGCHI Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2019).
    [PDF – Full Paper]
  • Beneteau, E., Richards, O.K., Zhang, M.R., Kientz, J., Yip, J., & Hiniker, A. (accepted). Communication breakdowns between families and Alexa. In Proceedings of ACM SIGCHI Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2019).
    [PDF – Full Paper]
  • Bhattacharya, A., Windleharth, T.W., Ishii, R.A., Acevedo, I.M., Aragon, C., Kientz, J., Yip, J.C., & Lee, J.H. (accepted). Group interactions in location-based gaming: A case study of raiding in Pokémon GO. In Proceedings of ACM SIGCHI Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2019).
    [PDF – Full Paper]

October 2018: We had a full paper accepted to ACM Computer-Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW) and it received a Best Paper Honorable Mention Award (Top 5%).

  • Pina, L., Gonzalez, C., Nieto, C., Roldan, W., Onofre, E., & Yip, J. (2018). How U.S. Latino children engage in collaborative online information problem solving with their families. In Proceedings of ACM Computer Supported Collaborative Work.
    [PDF – Full Paper]

May 2018: We had a full paper accepted to International Conference of the Learning Sciences on Science Everywhere.

  • Cabrera, L., Ahn, J., Yip, J., Clegg, T., Hernly, K., Bonsignore, E., Pitt, C., & Pauw, D. (2018). Exploring practices on the move: Facilitating learning across a neighborhood. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Conference of the Learning Sciences – ICLS 2018. London, UK: International Society of the Learning Sciences.

April 2018: 

  • Jin Ha Lee (University of Washington), Sinem Siyahhan (California State University – San Marcos), and I just won a $353,071 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to start intergenerational co-design groups (KidsTeam) all across rural and urban libraries in WA and CA.
  • I had three symposium presentations at AERA 2018 this year in New York City.

March 2018: We had a full paper accepted to Interaction Design and Children 2018.

  • Mills, K., Bonsignore, E., Clegg, T., Ahn, J., Yip, J., Pauw, D., Cabrera, L., Hernly, K., & Pitt, C. (accepted full paper). Designing to illuminate children’s scientific funds of knowledge through social media sharing. In Proceedings of ACM Interaction Design and Children.

February 2018:

  • Julie Kientz and I just won a $60,000 Google Faculty Research Award to study how to build technologies for inclusive play and joint media engagement.
  • Our BlockStudio paper just received a Best Paper Honorable Mention at SIGCHI 2018!