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Dr Charlene Jennett
3.06
University College London Interaction Centre (UCLIC)
66-72 Gower Street
London
WC1E 6EA
Appointment
  • Research Associate
  • UCL Interaction Centre
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Biography

I grew up in Hackney, East London. After studying Psychology A-level at Hackney Community College (2001-2003) I decided to continue my studies at university. I started my journey at UCL as a BSc Psychology student (2003-2006), where I first found out about Human-Computer Interaction research.

I joined UCLIC in the Summer of 2006, first as a research assistant, and then as a PhD student. My PhD supervisors were Dr Anna L. Cox and Dr Paul Cairns. During my PhD I investigated players' experiences of immersion in video games. Notably we developed the Immersive Experience Questionnaire (IEQ; Jennett et al., 2008) which has received over 500 citations to date.

After my PhD I joined the UCL Information Security group in October 2009, led by Prof. Angela Sasse. I worked on 3 projects (SOLID, PVNets, TARGET), investigating how privacy and trust issues can affect a person's experience of a security system, online services, and a serious game. In 2012 our conference paper "Too close for comfort" (Malheiros et al., 2012) was awarded a CHI honourable mention.

In October 2012, I returned to UCLIC to work on the Citizen Cyberlab project with Dr Anna L. Cox. This project allowed me to combine my interests of technology, games and learning, as I investigated people's experiences of citizen science apps and games. Recently our journal paper "Motivations, Learning and Creativity in Online Citizen Science" was published in the Journal of Science Communication (Jennett et al., 2016). In my current project, Open3D, I continue to investigate people's motivations and experiences of taking part in online citizen science projects.

Research Groups
Research Summary
I'm interested in understanding how novel technologies and games stimulate positive experiences and learning. Currently I'm researching users' experiences of online citizen science projects - where volunteers (citizen scientists) collaborate with professional scientists to conduct scientific research. I enjoy using a mixture of qualitative and quantitative research methods, including interviews, questionnaires, eye-tracking.

Teaching Summary
Teaching UCL students:
  • UCLIC MSc Human-Computer Interaction project supervisor since 2011
  • UCL BSc Psychology mini-project supervisor (2nd year students) since 2009
  • UCL BSc Psychology seminar tutor (1st years) since 2015

Other teaching:

  • STEM placement supervisor for in2scienceUK, 2014 and 2016
Appointments
01-NOV-2012 – 31-OCT-2015 Research Associate UCLIC UCL, United Kingdom
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