In July 2010 I graduated from Swansea University, receiving a first class honours degree in Computer Science.
My undergraduate dissertation focused on the use of tag clouds in a web search interface and what support they provide for the user.
I began my Ph.D. in October of the same year, looking at the sensemaking process during web search. It's supervised by Prof. Matt Jones
, with external supervision from Dr Max Wilson
During my time studying for my Ph.D. I have had the opportunity to present posters at both CHI2011 and 12, as well as review for conferences and journals.
Inspired by the results from my undergraduate disseration that the inclusion of tag clouds led to better learning, I developed and grew the user study to something more rigorous and thorough.
As with all good science, it was promptly proven to be not significant.
However, during the study a method of measuring the knowledge gained was needed. As such, a series of measures built upon Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning were developed.
Details of this were accepted to the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST). It was from this that I began to focus on
the process of learning and how this can be supported.
My Ph.D. remains focused on learning during web search, with a heavy influence from the sensemaking community. I am working towards identifying search behaviours that
are present during successful learning tasks and how these can be encouraged to novice users during web search.