About

I’m a Ph.D. student in 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. Tate, T., Collins, P., Xu, Y., Yau, J., Krishnan, J., Prado, Y., Farkas, G., & Warschauer, M. (in press). Visual-syntactic text format: Improving adolescent literacy. Scientific Studies of Reading.

  2. 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

  3. 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., & Warschauer, M. (2019). Young children’s reading and learning from conversational agents. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts (CHI’19 Extended Abstracts), 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.) International Handbook of Information Technology in Primary and Secondary Education. New York: Springer US, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-53803-7_76-1

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

Manuscripts under Review

  1. Xu, Y., Xu. D., Simpkins, S., & Warschauer, M. Does it matter which parent is absent?: Labor migration, parenting, and adolescent development in China (revise and resubmit in Journal of Family and Child Studies).

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

Selected Conference Presentations

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

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

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

  4. Xu, Y., Yau, J., Warschauer, M., & Collins, P. (2018 April). 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. [View]
    • Nominated for Best Paper Award in the Technology as an Agent of Change in Teaching and Learning (TACTL) sig.
  5. Xu, Y., Yau, J., & Reich, S. (2018 April). Understanding preschool children’s engagement and learning with interactive eBooks. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York. [View]

  6. Xu, Y., Xu. D., Simpkins, S., & Warschauer, M. (2017 April). 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. [View]

  7. 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. [View]

  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. [View]

  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.

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.
  • Intermediate level in programming, Python.

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.