Julia Proft

Photo of Julia and canine companion Brandy

Welcome! I'm a PhD candidate in computer science at Cornell University, and I'm rethinking how computational thinking is taught. More specifically, I am developing an adaptive learning system that teaches problem-solving skills by having students program a robot. I'm interested in how the system can spark intrinsic motivation in students, support their mastery of computational concepts, increase their scientific and technological self-efficacy, and challenge them at an appropriate level. I evaluate my system in real-world settings, with the ultimate goal of optimizing it for learners in both classrooms and online courses.

Outside of my research, I also have the privilege of being a computer science instructor. Locally, I co-facilitate a Girls Who Code program where I get to share stories about inspiring women in technology and coach aspiring women in technology. Globally, I teach Python, JavaScript, and more to Juni Learning students who always brighten my day.

If you would like to contact either me or my dog, we can be reached via courier pigeon at jproftcs.cornell.edu.