DevTech Team: Dr. Ruthi Aladjem
Ruthi is a postdoctoral researcher at the DevTech Research Group. Her research interests broadly revolve around the meaning and implications of the co-evolution of humans, physical contexts and digital technologies.
Before coming to Tufts, Ruthi had completed her BA in Sociology and Psychology and her MA and PhD in Educational Technology, all from Tel Aviv University. For her PhD dissertation, Ruthi focused on the analysis of informal learning processes supported by mobile devices, from a socio-constructivist, learner-centered perspective. The dissertation lays a conceptual and a design framework that may encourage and scaffold informal learning interactions, in everyday contexts. During her PhD, Ruthi was involved in several additional research projects on the potential of ubiquitous technologies to support learning, from early childhood to adulthood. While working on her PhD, Ruthi had also designed and taught a project based (PBL) grad level course on Mobile Learning.
Ruthi has industry background as a product manager. She had implemented methodologies of interaction design and user/learner-centered approaches in products for learning and recreation and is currently involved in an Ed-Tech start up (still in its early stages). Ruthi had also worked as the Director of Instructional Design at the University of the People, a non-profit organization, dedicated to the global advancement and democratization of higher education.
With the DevTech Research Group, Ruthi hopes to further explore her research interest in tangible interactions by focusing on the use of tangible learning technologies for promoting positive cognitive, emotional and personal development in childhood and adulthood, touching on creative, design and societal contexts.