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Chicago, Illinois

(815) 575-0265

I have an ambition to research, discover and share knowledge in human-computer interaction and user-centered design.

About

EDUCATION and TRAINING

DEPAUL UNIVERSITY

Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction, with distinction, 2016

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and English, 2010

College Year in Athens

Spring 2009

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

Human Subjects Research – Social-Behavioral-Educational Basic, January 2019

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

LEAP Innovations
Research analyst
September 2017 – PRESENT

  • Leads data collection for efficacy analysis of LEAP program offerings by designing and conducting studies and protocols for observations, interviews, surveys, and focus groups with participating teachers, administrators, and students in LEAP’s programs.

  • Leads analysis to provide insights for efficacy analysis of LEAP’s program offerings by designing and executing case studies that includes coding of observations, interviews, and focus groups as well as synthesizing survey data to create internal reports.

  • Leads and executes LEAPs research review board approval process with International Review Board and Chicago Public School’s Research Review Board.

  • Manages participant feedback surveys of LEAP’s program offerings by collaborating with Programs, Professional Development, and Edtech teams to identify internal stakeholder goals; programs, distributes, and reports on participant feedback surveys. Creates reports used for internal and external presentations or other communications of insights with team members.

  • Led user experience evaluation of LEAP’s online program offerings by designing a study and managing a direct report to collect and analyze data to deliver insights and recommendations for future online course iterations.

  • Provides qualitative data collection and analysis support for other LEAP initiatives including cognitive interviews, focus groups, and surveys

  • Assist other members of the research team in various data related tasks.

DIGITAL YOUTH NETWORK AT DEPAUL UNIVERSITY
LEARNING EXPERIENCE RESEARCHER
OCTOBER 2016 – September 2017

  • Worked across Digital Youth Network programs in school and out-of-school settings, and across different technical platforms, to help design for the learners and other stakeholders (youth and adults in the systems) in these instances through research, implementation, and recommendation.

  • Collected and analyzed data including surveys and ethnographic methods, formative internal reports for DYN and funders, internal and external formal and informal presentations or other clear communications with team members and project partners, and summative academic conference and research papers.

  • Led field research providing insights regarding the needs of end users, based on information that is generated from, or validated with, the research that person conducts with users.

  • Collaborated on learner-oriented design cycles for new technologies or interfaces including prototyping, testing with users, design specs, working with the development team, including models for information structure and using them to design user-friendly navigation and content categorization.

  • Conducted participant observation during programming for youth during training and implementation of activities.

  • Managed undergraduate and graduate research assistants conducting usability studies.

DIGITAL YOUTH NETWORK AT DEPAUL UNIVERSITY
RESEARCH ASSISTANT
MARCH 2015 – SEPTEMBER 2016

  • Conducted weekly online ethnographies about student activity on the social learning network and performed in- person ethnographies of after school programs.

  • Measured effectiveness of after school programs by administering assessments and surveys. Helped develop rubric for pre- and post- assessment questions to measure student growth.

  • Contributed to interviews by developing moderator guides and conducting interviews with educators.

  • Analyzed qualitative data using deductive coding of field notes, online ethnographies, interviews, and workshops.

  • Created internal reports and presentations outlining major themes of coded data.

  • Moderated user tests of social learning network with students.

  • Assisted with literature reviews, reference checks, proofreading and editing.

GFK
VIDEO ETHNOGRAPHY DATA ANALYST
FEBRUARY 2016 – APRIL 2016 

  • Conducted video analysis of users driving for client of mid-luxury vehicles.

  • Coded videos for participant behaviors as they interacted with in-car features and external objects.

  • Helped develop the data collection process to ensure consistent results across all analysts.

  • Assisted with data analysis of driver behaviors by delivering a report of synthesized, common themes.

CENTER FOR URBAN RESEARCH AND LEARNING
RESEARCH INTERN
AUGUST 2009 – DECEMBER 2009

  • Assisted research for the McCormick Foundation's Initiative for the Professional Development of Childcare Educators.

  • Collaborated with the team to develop and conduct interviews of educators in community organizations to understand the challenges of publicly funded childcare agencies.

  • Synthesized data to generate profile of early childhood educators in Chicago and presented findings.

Click here to download a PDF of my full professional experience

MY INTERESTS

  • Media - I watch many, many TV shows and comedians, and if you run into me on the street, I will most likely be listening to podcasts, news, or music.

  • Camping and hiking with my dog, Donnie - he was adopted from the Chicago Canine Rescue. I was a camp counselor in East Troy, Wisconsin during high school and college where I taught sailing (...poorly, I opted for a "troubleshooting" approach).

  • Traveling - I spent a semester in Athens during undergrad, and have since squeezed in trips to London, Prague, and Istanbul (and Greece, again), as well as visits to many US cities (so far the only ones that rival Chicago are Madison and Minneapolis). The next place I'd love to go to is Belfast (followed by Barcelona, Berlin, and Buenos Aires).

  • Baseball - as a spectator.

  • Volleyball - as an amateur player.

  • Pizza - eating and sometimes making.

  • Knitting hats and scarves.

  • Jigsaw puzzles and Tetris - which sometimes results in suffering from the Tetris effect.

CONtact me

Interested in learning more about my education research past, present or future? Looking for a TV show suggestion? For reasons big or small, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Elaina Boytor
eboytor@gmail.com
Chicago, IL

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