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Leesha MaliakalDesign Research Fellow Alumnus


Leesha is a 3rd year PhD student in the Technology and Social Behavior program at Northwestern. She uses design-based research methods to design, build, and test continual support systems, primarily situated in studio-based learning environments. Her current interest is to study how technology might facilitate surfacing challenges and coordinating support within research communities of practice, and further explore possible learning and growth outcomes for students. She hopes that these systems will enhance and extend the natural ways in which communities reflect, learn, grow, and provide support for one another. Leesha received her BA in Computer Science at Northwestern.

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