Conference Proceedings

  1. Xu, Y., Branham, S., Collins, P., Deng, X., Warschauer, M. (2021). Are current voice interfaces designed to support children’s language development? In Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’21). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA. [DOI][Talk Video]

  2. Kalinowski, R., Xu, Y., & Salen, K. (2021). The ecological context of preschool-aged children’s selection of media content. In Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’21). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA. [DOI][Talk Video]

  3. Xu, Y., & Warschauer, M. (2020). Exploring young children’s engagement in joint reading with a conversational agent. In Proceedings of the 19th ACM International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC ’20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA. [DOI][Talk Video]

  4. Xu, Y., & Warschauer, M. (2020). A content analysis of voice-based apps on the market for early literacy development. In Proceedings of the 19th ACM International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC ’20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA. [DOI] (Best Paper Award Honorable Mention)

  5. Xu, Y., & Warschauer, M. (2020). Using conversational agents to foster young children’s science learning from screen media. In Proceedings of the 19th ACM International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC ’20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA. [DOI]

  6. Xu, Y., & Warschauer, M. (2020). Wonder with Elinor: Designing a socially contingent video viewing experience. In Proceedings of the 19th ACM International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC ’20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA. [DOI] [Demo Video] (Research & Design Competition Finalist)

  7. Xu, Y., & Warschauer, M. (2020). What are you talking to?: Understanding children’s perceptions of conversational agents. In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA. [DOI]

  8. Xu, Y., & Warschauer, M. (2020). “Elinor is talking to me on the screen!”: Integrating conversational agents into children’s television programming. In Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ’20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA. [DOI]

  9. 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 18th ACM International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC ’19). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA. [DOI] (Best Short Paper Award)

  10. Xu, Y., & Warschauer, M. (2019). Young Children’s Reading and Learning with Conversational Agents. In Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ’19). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA. [DOI][Talk Video]

Journal Articles

  1. Xu, Y., Aubele, J., Vigil, V., Bustamante, A., Kim, Y-S., & Warschauer, M. (conditionally accepted). Dialogue with a conversational agent promotes children’s story comprehension via enhanced engagement. Child Development.

  2. Xu, Y., Wang, D., Collins, P., Lee, H., & Warschauer, M. (2021). Same benefits, different communication patterns: Comparing children’s reading with a conversational agent vs. a human partner. Computers & Education. 161. 104059. [DOI]

  3. Xu, Y., Yau, J., & Reich, S. (2020). Press, swipe, and read: Can interactive features in e-books facilitate engagement and learning?. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning. [DOI]

  4. Umarji, O., Day, S., Xu, Y., Zargar, E., Connor, C., & Yu, R. (2020). Opening the black box: User-log analysis of children’s e-book reading and association with word knowledge. Reading and Writing. [DOI]

  5. Reich, S., Yau, J., Xu, Y., Muskat, T., Campbell, J., & Cannata, D. (2019). Digital or print? A comparison of preschooler’s comprehension, vocabulary, and engagement from a print book and an eBook. AERA Open. 5(3), 1-16. [DOI]

  6. 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. 28(6), 1635-1649. [DOI]

  7. 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. 23(4), 287-304. [DOI]

  8. 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. 50(4), 1896-1912. [DOI]

  9. 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.

Book Chapters

  1. Xu, D., & Xu, Y. (2020). The Ambivalence About Distance Learning in Higher Education: Challenges, Opportunities, and Policy Implications. Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research: Volume 35, 351-401. [DOI]

  2. 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. [DOI]

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

Research Reports

  • 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. [Report URL]

Selected Presentations

  1. Deng, X., Song, Y., & Xu, Y. (April, 2021). Young children’s reading with conversational agents: The role of age and language status. Paper accepted at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Virtual conference. (Best Paper Award Honorable Mention)

  2. Xu, Y., Hoang, T., Sun, B, & Warschauer, M. (April 2020). What Are You Talking To?: Understanding Children’s Perceptions towards Conversational Agents. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

  3. Xu, Y., Lee, H., Bautista S., & Warschauer, M. (April 2020). Examining the Effect of a Conversational Agent as a Reading Partner. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

  4. Xu, Y., & Warschauer, M. (October 2019). Conversational Agents as Educational Video Co-viewers for Young Children. Paper presented at the 2019 Connected Learning Summit, Irvine, CA.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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. (Best Paper Award Honorable Mention)

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.