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College of Education

Golnaz Arastoopour Irgens

Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences

Office: 200 Old Main
Phone: (312) 772-5676
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Educational Background

Ph.D. Learning Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Madison 2017

M.S. Learning Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Madison 2012

M.A. Mathematics Education
Columbia University 2008

B.S. Mechanical Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2007


Dr. Arastoopour Irgens is Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences at Clemson University, Director of the IDEA lab, and Vice President of the International Society for Quantitative Ethnography. She is a former middle school computer science and high school mathematics teacher and earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, M.A. in Mathematics Education from Columbia University Teacher’s College, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Learning Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on (1) designing immersive, inclusive digital learning environments that integrate computer science and critical pedagogies and (2) using learning analytics to make sense of how learners engage with digital technologies. In her design-based research, she engages in participatory methods that actively involve teachers, students, and community partners working together to co-design digital learning environments that serve their communities. In her learning analytics work, she uses quantitative ethnography, computational linguistics, and discourse networks to make sense of how learners engage with digital technologies. Arastoopour Irgens has published in several journals including the Learning, Media and Technology, Instructional Science, International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, and Teaching and Teacher Education. She has served on the writing team for the 2021 South Carolina K-12 college and career ready science standards.

Courses Taught

EDF 4800 Foundations of Digital Media and Learning
EDF 9310 Design of Digital Learning Environments
EDF 9550 Theoretical Bases for Instruction
EDF 9790 Qualitative Research Methods in Education
EDF 9820 Quantitative Ethnography

Research Interests

Inclusive Digital Learning Environments
Participatory Design-Based Research
Critical Pedagogies
Engineering, Computing, & Data Science Education
Quantitative Ethnography
Learning Analytics
Data Feminism


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