Hi! My name is Ekta Shokeen and I am a PhD candidate in University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies.

I believe that learning is a never-ending process, so I am always keen to learn and make learning an interesting experience for others. My current research focuses on designing educational technologies with and for youth’s connected learning. Broadly, I am interested in improving user experiences of digital resources from embodied cognition perspective. I foresee a lot of scope in this area both theoretically and experimentally.

My deep interest to understand human learning and cognition made me receive my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and MA in Education. My field experiences infused in me an urge to continue my higher education, so I started a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction at State University in New York, Albany but my interest to undertake interdisciplinary research at the intersection of learning and child-computer interaction motivated me to pursue my PhD in the field of Information Studies from the University of Maryland where I am an active member of the Youth Experience Lab.

My research has been published in learning, information, and human-computer interaction venues such as Information and Learning Journal(ILS), International Society of Learning Science(ISLS), Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) Specific Interest Group for Human Factors in Computing Systems (SIGCHI), CHI PLAY. My work in these venues grew out of my research focus on youth’s experiences with educational technologies.

Email me at eshokeen [at] umd [dot] edu, or message me on my LinkedIn profile.