About

I’m a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Education, UC Irvine, with a specialization in Language, Literacy, and Technology. My research interests broadly center on the areas of technology assisted language learning, digital literacy, and learning analytics. I’m currently focusing on exploring the potential of conversational agents for young children’s literacy development and science learning.

Education

  • University of California, Irvine, PhD Student in Education, 2016 - Present

  • Sun Yat-Sen University, Bachelor’s Degree in Chinese Language and Literature

Publications

Papers in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  1. Xu, Y., Xu. D., Simpkins, S., & Warschauer, M. (2019). Does it matter which parent is absent?: Labor migration, parenting, and adolescent development in China. Journal of Child and Family Studies. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-019-01382-z

  2. Tate, T., Collins, P., Xu, Y., Yau, J., Krishnan, J., Prado, Y., Farkas, G., & Warschauer, M. (2019). Visual-syntactic text format: Improving adolescent literacy. Scientific Studies of Reading. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/10888438.2018.1561700

  3. Park, Y., Xu, Y., Collins, P. Farkas, G., & Warschauer, M. (2018). Scaffolding learning of language structures with visual-syntactic text formatting. British Journal of Educational Technology. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjet.12689

  4. Xu, Y. Rethinking literacy education in digital era: Digital storybook as a learning tool for young children [J], China Educational Technology, 2014, 333(10): 29-35.

Papers in Conference Proceedings

  1. Xu, Y., Yau, J.C., & Reich, S. (2019). The added challenge of digital reading: Exploring young children’s page turning behaviors. In Proceedings of the 2019 Conference on Interaction Design and Children. June 12-15, 2019, Boise, ID. ACM. https://doi.org/10.1145/3311927.3323121
    • Best Short Paper Award
  2. Xu, Y., & Warschauer, M. (2019). Young children’s reading and learning with conversational agents. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts. May 4–9, 2019, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. ACM. https://doi.org/10.1145/3290607.3299035

Book Chapters

  1. Warschauer, M., & Xu, Y. (2018). Technology and equity in education. In J. Voogt, G. Knezek. R. Christensen, & K-W. Lai (Eds.) Second Handbook of Information Technology in Primary and Secondary Education. New York: Springer US. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71054-9

  2. Xu, Y. & Warschauer, M. (2018). Language and digital divide. In B. Warf (Ed.) The Sage Encyclopedia of the Internet. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. https://doi.org/10.4135/9781473960367

Research Reports

  1. Xu, D., & Xu, Y. (March 2019). The promises and limits of online higher education: Understanding how distance education affects access, cost, and quality. American Enterprise Institute. http://www.aei.org/publication/the-promises-and-limits-of-online-higher-education/

Manuscripts Under Review

  1. Umarji, O., Day, S., Xu, Y., Zargar, E., Connor, C., Yu, R., & Yang, M. Opening the black box: User-log analysis of children’s e-book reading and association with word knowledge (revise and resubmit in Scientific Studies of Reading).

  2. Reich, S., Yau, J., Xu, Y., Muskat, T., Campbell, J., & Cannata, D. Digital or print? A comparison of preschooler’s comprehension, vocabulary, and engagement from a print book and an eBook (revise and resubmit in AERA Open).

  3. Xu, Y., Yau, J., & Reich, S. Press, swipe, and read: Can interactive features in e-books facilitate engagement and learning?

  4. Yau, J.C., Krishnan, J., Xu, Y., Tate, T., Farkas, G., Collins, P., & Warschauer, M. Better together: How teacher collaboration supports technology implementation and student learning during a large-scale technology-based literacy intervention.

Selected Conference Presentations

  1. Xu, Y., Wang, D.Q., Yau, J., Han, H., & Warschauer, M. (April 2019). Reading in a community: How social affordances of an eBook platform motivate children to read. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada.

  2. Xu, Y., Prado, Y., Collins, P., & Warschauer, M. (April 2019). Effective teaching in the digital classroom: A mixed-method study of middle school English language arts classes. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada.

  3. Xu, Y., Yau, J., & Reich, S. (April 2019). Press, swipe, and read: Can interactive features in e-books facilitate engagement and learning? Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada.

  4. Xu, Y., Yau, J., & Reich, S. (March 2019). The added challenge of eBook reading: Exploring children’s page-turning behaviors. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore, MD.

  5. Xu. Y., Yau, J., & Reich, S.(August 2018). Reading with hotspots: Exploring young children’s haptic engagement with touchscreen stories. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.

  6. Xu, Y., Yau, J., Warschauer, M., & Collins, P. (April 2018). Examining the role of teacher efficacy in the implementation of a large-scale technology-based intervention. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York.
    • Nominated for Best Paper Award in the Technology as an Agent of Change in Teaching and Learning (TACTL) sig.
  7. Xu, Y., Yau, J., & Reich, S. (April 2018). Understanding preschool children’s engagement and learning with interactive eBooks. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York.

  8. Xu. Y., Yau, J., & Reich, S. (April 2018). Tablet for independent reading?: Exploring young children’s page navigation and story comprehension. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association: Technology, Mind, and Society, Washington. D.C.

  9. Krishnan, J., Tate, T., Yau, J., Xu. Y., Prado, Y., Collins, P., Farkas, G., & Warschauer, M. (January 2018). Digital scaffolding for English language arts. Poster presented at the Institute of Education Science’s Principal Investigators’ Meeting, Washington, D.C.

  10. Xu, Y., Xu. D., Simpkins, S., & Warschauer, M. (April 2017). Does it matter which parent is absent?: Labor Migration, Parenting, and Adolescent Development in China. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.

Research Experience

  • Conversational Agents for Young Learners, 2018 - Present
  • Digital Scaffolding for English Language Arts, US Department of Education Award, IES Goal 3 Study, 2016 - Present
  • Interactive Word Knowledge E-Book, US Department of Education Award, IES Goal 2 Study, 2017 - Present

Skills

  • Proficient in the statistical programming language, R and Stata.
  • Proficient in quantitative data analysis methods, including causal inference models, multi-level models, social network analysis.
  • Proficient in video analysis.
  • Familiar with programming in Python and C++.

Work Experience

  • Visiting Research Scholar, UC Irvine, 2015 - 2016

  • Digital Book Designer/Editor Guangdong Publish Group, Guangzhou, China, 2012 - 2013

    • Designing digital interactive storybooks for young language learners.
    • Collaborating with authors to convert original printed book to digital version.
    • Participating in research project Digital Publishing: Current Challenge and Future Promise.