We're creating tools aimed at helping beginners learn web development.
Snowball is a WordPress plugin that allows journalists and others to build immersive, interactive articles that feel right at home on the web. Snowball is designed to bridge the gap between graphical and code editors.
openHTML Editor is a web editor that allows beginners to jump into coding HTML and CSS. Learning features include W3C validation, a coding session replayer, and group management features for classes and workshops.
Nester is a suite of instruments for evaluating general coding skills and knowledge. You can find a gamified and maintained version of Nester at Codepip.
We're also conducting research on how people learn web development.
Drawing from the computing education research literature, we've studied web development novices in the lab, in workshops, and online. A few of our papers are listed here.
This work is supported by the National Science Foundation through grant CNS-1339344.
We're an interdisciplinary team with backgrounds in computer science, design, learning sciences, data analytics, and human-computer interaction.
Of course we also share a deep interest in the web.
We're always looking to meet and collaborate with new people and organizations. If you're interested, please get in touch.