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Kausalai Wijekumar
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Mail Stop: 4232
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Short Bio
My goal is to ensure every child in our global society has an outstanding opportunity to succeed by providing them evidence-based instruction in all their subjects. I develop and test intelligent tutoring systems to reach children far and wide. Recently, I have worked to extend the intelligent tutoring platform to provide professional development for teachers and administrators. Throughout my career I have had an unwavering focus on improving the educational experiences for all children regardless of color, socioeconomic level, or learning challenges. Our resources and tools are currently available in English and Spanish. The authoring tools support the extension of our learning tools to any language.
Research Interests
English learners
Intelligent tutoring systems
Problem Solving
Reading Comprehension
Writing
Grants
Dr. Wijekumar's Grant Activity - Selected Grants
Wijekumar, K., McKeown, D., Thompson, J., Joshi, R.M. (2018-2022). Promoting improvements in teacher quality through massively open online professional development. U423A180074 U.S. Department of Education $7.5 million
Wijekumar, K., Harris, K., Graham, S., McKeown, D. (2018-2022). Efficacy of a web-based writing partner (We-Write Persuasively) to improve writing persuasive essays for 5th grade students. U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences, Goal 3 Efficacy, $3.29 Million
Wijekumar, K., Meyer, B.J.F., Lei, P., & Hernandez,A. (2018-2022). Efficacy trials for the Web-Based Adaptive Tutoring for EL Learners (SWELL). U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences, Goal 3 Efficacy, $3.29 million
Wijekumar, K., Meyer, B.J.F., & Lei, P. (2015-2020). Efficacy and Replication Trial of the Individualized Adaptive ITSS with 4th- and 5th-Grade Students in High Poverty Schools. U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences. $3.5 million
Thompson, J.T., Wijekumar, K., Castro-Olivio, S. (2016-17). Technology-Delivered Emergent Literacy Assessment for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Texas Grant. $25,000.
Wijekumar, K., Harris, K., Graham, S., Meyer, B.J.F., & Lei, P. (2013-2016). Development of a web-based writing partner (We-Write Persuasively) to improve writing persuasive essays for 5th grade students. $1.5 million. U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences
Wijekumar, K., Meyer, B.J.F., Lei, P., Schwarz,A. & August, D. (2012-2015). Improving Reading Comprehension of Middle Grades English Language Learners by Combining Structure Strategy with Web-Based Adaptive Tutoring for EL Learners (SWELL). U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences $1.5 million.
Wijekumar, K. , Meyer, B.J.F., & Lei, P. (2008-2013). Efficacy and Replication Research on the Intelligent Tutoring System for the Structure Strategy -- Rural and Suburban Schools Grades 4,5,7 and 8. US Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. R305A080133. $3 million.
Wijekumar, K. & Hitchcock, J. (2007-2009). Randomized Controlled Effectiveness Trial on Odyssey Math in the Mid-Atlantic Region, Regional Educational Laboratory [150] Mid-Atlantic, U.S. Department of Education. $3.6 Million
Peck, K. Terenzini, P., Wijekumar, K., Clariana, R., Van Horn, B., Prinz, E., Boyd, W., Cecil, H., Hartman, W., Hold, M.K., Hughes, C. Johnson, K., LeTendre, G., Melnick, S., Meyer, B.J.M., Nelson, K. (2006-2011) Mid-Atlantic Collab
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Xi, Z., Wijekumar, K., & Anderson, B. (in press), The Effectiveness of Intelligent Tutoring Systems on K-12 Students[48]19 Reading Comprehension: A Best-Evidence Synthesis. Journal of Educational Psychology (In Press)

2. Beerwinkle, A., Wijekumar, K., Walpole, S. & Aguis, R. (2018). An Analysis of the Ecological Components within a Text Structure Intervention, Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal , 31,9: 2041-2064.

3. Meyer, B.J.F.,& Wijekumar, K. (2018) Comparative Signaling Words Generated for Expository Texts by 4th - 8th Graders: Variations by Reading Comprehension Levels and Text Structure Strategy Intervention, Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, , 31,9: 1937-1968

4. Wijekumar, K., Meyer, B.J.F., Lei, P-W, Hernandez, A., August, D. (2018). Effects of web-based text structure instruction for 4-6th grade Spanish Els reading comprehension. Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 31,9: 1969-1996.

5. Xu, Z., Banerjee, M., Ramirez, G., Zhu, G., & Wijekumar, K. (2018) The effectiveness of educational technology applications on adult English language learners[48]19 writing quality: a meta-analysis, Computer Assisted Language Learning, DOI: 10.1080/09588221.2018.1501069

6. Ji, Xuejuen, Beerwinkle, A. & Wijekumar, K. (2018). Using Latent Transition Model to Identify Effects of an Intelligent Tutoring System on Reading Comprehension, Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, , 31,9: 2095-2113.

7. Wijekumar, K., Rolando, J., Barnes, R., & Winso, J. (2018). Virtual Reality Instruction for First Responders. Professional Safety. December.

8. Wijekumar, K., Meyer, B.J.F., Lei, P., Xuejun, Ji., & Joshi, R.M. (2017). Evidence of an Intelligent Tutoring System as a Mindtool to Promote Strategic Memory of Expository Texts and Comprehension with Children in Grades 4 and 5. Journal of Educational Computing Research. 55, 1022-1048. doi.org/10.1177/0735633117696909 IF 0.678

9. Wijekumar, Meyer, Lei, Beerwinkle, (2017). Improving Content Area Reading Comprehension with 4th and 5th Grade Struggling Readers with a Web-Based Intelligent Tutoring System, Journal of Learning Disabilities

10. Wijekumar, K., Meyer, B. J. F., & Lei, P. (2017). Web-based text structure strategy instruction improves seventh graders[48]19 content area reading comprehension. Journal of Educational Psychology, 109(6), 741-760. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/edu0000168

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* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts (Current)

Efficacy of a web-based writing partner (We-Write Persuasively) to improve writing persuasive essays for 5th grade students. (PI)
US Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences (Federal)
2018/07/01 - 2022/06/30
Total Funding: 3,299,952.

Efficacy trials for the Web-Based Adaptive Tutoring for EL Learners (SWELL).. (PI)
US Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences (Federal)
2018/07/01 - 2022/06/30
Total Funding: 3,298,201.

Promoting Improvements in Teacher Quality Through Massively Open Online Professional Development. (PI)
US Department of Education (Federal)
2018/07/01 - 2021/06/30
Total Funding: 7,580,548.

Efficacy and Replication Trial of the Individualized Adaptive ITSS with 4th and 5th Grade Students in High Poverty Schools. (PI)
US Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences (Federal)
2015/08/01 - 2020/07/31
Total Funding: 3,499,570.
Courses Taught
2019 - 2020
EDCI 691, RDNG 468
2018 - 2019
EDCI 684, EDCI 686, EDCI 691
2017 - 2018
EDCI 691, RDNG 649
2016 - 2017
EDCI 684, EDCI 689
2015 - 2016
EDCI 685
2014 - 2015
EDCI 689
Former Doctoral Students
Andrea Lynne Beerwinkle (Summer, 2018), Ph.D.
Amanda Layne Linder (Summer, 2018), Ph.D.
Sungyoon Lee (Summer, 2019), Ph.D.
Editorial Positions

Editorial Board Member (2018 - ). Educational Technology Research and Development

Editorial Board Member (2018 - ). Reading and Writing

Assoc Editor (2014 - ). Journal of Educational Psychology

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