Aditya Johri

About Me Aditya Johri

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Sciences & Technology in the Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University. I direct the Engineering Education and Cyberlearning Laboratory (EECL) at GMU. I am the faculty lead for the Engineering Education Faculty Learning Community (FLC) for 2018-2019.

Before joining GMU, I was an associate professor at Virginia Tech in the department of Engineering Education, Computer Science (courtesy), Industrial and Systems Engineering (courtesy) and Science and Technology in Society (courtesy).

I received my Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2007.

Physical co-ordinates: 4509 Nyugen Engineering Building, Fairfax, VA 22030.

Email: lastname at gmu dot edu

My current CV (pdf) (updated 08/2017).

Here is a complete list of my publications and presentations.

In 2009 I was awarded the NSF Early CAREER Award.

My research is funded through multiple grants from NSF (Award#s: 1712129, 1707837, 1733634, 1424444, 1408674, 1355955, 1265188, 1122609, 1044790, 0954034, 0935124, 0935143, 0835892, 0757540).

You can find me on LinkedIn and Google Scholar.

Postdoctoral Associates

Dr. Aqdas Malik (Ph.D. Aalto University)

Dr. Stephanie Kusano (Ph.D. Virginia Tech)

Dr. Janaki Srinivasan (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley)

Dr. Seuwngwon Yang (Ph.D. Virginia Tech)

Current Students

Omaima Almatrafi (Ph.D. IT, GMU)

Hieu-Trung Le (Ph.D. IT, GMU)

Habib Karbasian (Ph.D. IT, GMU)


Bushra Chowdhury (Ph.D. Engineering Education, VT)

Hon Jie Teo (Ph.D. Engineering Education)

Stephanie Kusano (Ph.D. Engineering Education)

Andrea Goncher (Ph.D. Engineering Education)

Raktim Mitra (M.S. Thesis, Industrial and Systems Engineering)

Ashwin Khandeparker (M.S. Project, Computer Science)

And, Rajat Handa, Daniel Ruiz, Cassie Heyman-Schrum, Saif Ahmed, Ben Gelman, Chris Beckley, Xiaomo Liu, Gaurav Dongaonkar, Monique Dufour, James Pembridge, Varun Ramdas, Asta Schram, Prasanna Kumar, Shreya Kothaneth, Daniel Breakiron, Vismay Shah, and Daniel Shanahan, among others.


I study the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for learning and knowledge sharing with a focus on cognition in informal environments primarily among engineers and technologists. I am especially interested in understanding the relationship between our social and material context. Recent and current projects examine engineering learning in online communities, understanding how social media shapes activism related to educational causes, and using learning analytics to assist learners and instructors. I also examine the role of ICT in supporting distributed work among globally dispersed workers and in furthering social development in emerging economies.

My research on cognition and learning has appeared in the following journals: Journal of Engineering Education, Computers & Education, Journal of Organizational Ethnography, International Journal of Engineering Education, Engineering Studies, Journal of Computing in Higher Education, and Research in Learning Technology.

I have published my information systems and technology related research in Journal of Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Computers in Human Behavior, Information Technology and People, Information Technology for Development, Information Systems Frontiers, and Information and Software Technology.

My research has also appeared in the proceedings of International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, IEEE Frontiers in Education, ASEE Annual Conference, ACM Learning @ Scale, ACM Computing and Human Systems (CHI) and ACM Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), among other venues.

The Cambridge Handbook of Engineering Education Research (CHEER), co-edited with Barbara Olds, was published in February 2014 and received the Best Book Publication Award for 2014 from Division I of AERA.


Upcoming Travel: June-July 2018: Menlo Park, CA for ACM COMPASS; Salt Lake City, UT for ASEE, Ann Arbor, MI for CSST and NSF PI meeting

May 2018: New NSF REU Grant on EDM and LA (PI: Rangwala)

May 2018: New short paper in ACM COMPASS 2018 on intersectional self-expressions in gender diversity campaigns.

April 2018: New Papers in CONECD 2018 and ASEE 2018 that examine the role of social media in STEM education related activism and outreach.

April 2018: New Paper in CHI 2018 on barriers to financial inclusion in India (with Joyojeet Pal and others at University of Michigan.

March 2018: New book on Learning Analytics in Higher Education published by ASHE is now availabile (with Jaime Lester, Carrie Klein & Huzefa Rangwala)

February 2018: New paper on identifying urgent posts in MOOCs (Omaima Almatrafi's dissertation work) now out in Computers & Education (with Huzefa Rangwala)

August 2017: Two New NSF Grants

NSF-DUE-IUSE (1712129): Deeper Learning of Data Science (DLDS)

NSF-DUE (1707837): EAGER: Social Media Participation as Indicator of Actors, Awareness, Attitudes, and Activities Related to STEM Education. Role: PI, Co-PI: H. Purohit

May 2017: New NSF Grant and Publications

NSF-IIS-CHS (1733634): RAPID: Collaborative Research: Technology Adoption during Environmental Jolts: Mobile Phone Use and Digital Services Appropriation during India's Demonetization Crisis. Role: PI; $49,974. (Collaborator: Joyojeet Pal, University of Michigan; Total Amount $100K)

Teo, H., Johri, A. & Lohani, V. (2017). Analytics and Patterns of Knowledge Creation: Experts at Work in an Online Engineering Community. Computers & Education.

Johri, A. & Yang, S. (2017). Scaffolded Help for Informal Learning: How Experts Support Newcomers? Productive Participation in an Online Community. Proceedings of Communities and Technologies (C&T) 2017.

Bland, L., Xu, X., Kusano, S. & Johri, A. (2017). Examining Learner-driven Constructs in Co-curricular Engineering Environments: The Role of Student Reflection in Assessment Development. Proceedings of ASEE Annual Meeting.

Almatrafi, O., Johri, A., Rangwala, H. & Lester, J. (2017). Retention and Persistence among STEM Students: A Comparison of Direct Admit and Transfer Students across Engineering and Science. Proceedings of ASEE Annual Meeting.

Pal., Viswanathan, A. & Johri, A. (2017). Mediating Access: How Visually-Impaired Users Leverage Collaborative Learning to Keep Up with Mobile Phone Innovations. Proceedings of CSCL 2017.

Almatrafi, O. & Johri, A. (2017). Showing and Telling: Response Dynamics in an Online Community of Makers. Proceedings of CSCL 2017.

Pal, J., Viswanathan, A., Chandra, P., Nazareth, A., Kameshwaran, V., Subramonyam, H., Johri, A., Ackerman, M. & O'Modhrain, S. (2017) Agency in assistive technology adoption: Visual impairment and smartphone use in Bangalore. Proceedings of the CHI 2017.

(c) 2018 by Aditya Johri