Ruijia Cheng


Hello this is Regina! I am a first year PhD student in the Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) department at University of Washington. Before joining HCDE, I was an undergraduate research assistant in the Design Lab at University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

The research area that I am currently super excited about is online collaborative learning. I am interested in understanding and facilitating feedback exchange, mentoring, reflection practice and motivation to learn in online informal learning communities. I hope to design the next generation of online learning communities where people from different backgrounds and with different levels of expertise can connect with, support and learn together with each other with no barriers. I am currently working with professor Cecilia Aragon and professor Gary Hsieh on the project of distributed mentoring in online fanfiction communities, where we focus on understanding and getting insights from feedback-seeking practice among online fanfiction authors.

As a first year PhD student, I am still exploring different research areas and open to new interesting research topics! If you are also interested in research about learning, or just want to chat about anything from research ideas to cats, email me and let's chat!

You can contact me at rcheng6 <at> uw <dot> edu!

Jan 2019
Interviewing fanfiction authors about how they seek for feedback for their fanficion works :)
Fall 2018
Working on my first rotation project on distributed mentoring in online fanfiction communities!
September 2018
Super excited to join the Human Centered Design & Engineering department at University of Washington as a PhD student!
June 2018
Graduated from UCSD with bachelor degrees in cognitive science and mathematics. Thanks all my mentors and friends who helped me through this journey!
Jan 7 - 10, 2018
Attending ACM Group 2018 conference and presenting our working paper for the framing project!