Andrea ForteI'm an assistant professor in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

I study and design technologies that create opportunities for people to construct new knowledge together. I’m particularly interested in new literacies that are required for successful participation in an increasingly technologically mediated society. Sometimes my projects involve designing systems that support new kinds of activities. Other times I study the ways people adapt to and appropriate existing technologies.

I received my PhD from the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology in human-centered computing with a focus on social computing and learning sciences. My MLIS is from the School of Information at University of Texas at Austin.

Research areas: Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Social Computing, Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL), Education

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College of Computing and Informatics
Drexel University
3141 Chestnut
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Drexel University


New Information Literacies & Assessable Design

In this NSF-funded project, my students and I are examining how people assess collaboratively authored information sources such as Wikipedia and FindaGrave and how sites that support distributed production can be designed to better support assessment.

with Heather Willever-Farr and Nazanin Andalibi (PhD students), Tushar Soni and Nishtha Dalal (undergraduate researchers).



In this NSF-supported design-based research project, our team is investigating the impact of beginning web development experiences on learners' understandings of Web technologies, infrastructure, and computational concepts.

with Brian Dorn, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Erin Knight and Doug Belshaw, Mozilla Foundation; Michael Wagner, Drexel (Co-PIs); Tom Park (post doc) and Meen Chul Kim (PhD student).

past teammembers: Susan Wiedenbeck (Co-PI), Swathi Jagannath (masters student), Ankur Saxena (undergraduate researcher)

Youth and Social Search


In this IMLS-funded project we are investigating the social search habits of high school students, with emphasis on how youth interact on social network sites to ask and answer questions of their peers and others.

with Denise Agosto (PI), Rachel Magee (PhD student), and Michelle Purcell (PhD student).

past teammembers: Robin Naughton (graduated PhD Student), Michael Dickard (PhD student)

School and Public Library Social Media Practice and Policy, Co-PI

With IMLS support, we are conducting a national survey of public and school libraries about their use of and policies on social technologies to support library services to youth.

with Denise Agosto (PI), Rachel Magee (PhD student), and Michelle Purcell (PhD student).

past teammembers: Robin Naughton (graduated PhD Student), Michael Dickard (PhD student)

ExCITe Center


Drexel has established a new multi-institutional center to spearhead research and re-invent education at the nexus of science, technology, and the arts: the Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center, led by Drexel University with several regional partners.

with Youngmoo Kim and Adam Fontecchio (Directors).

Papers, etc.

(open access) Forte, Andrea (2015). The new information literate: Open collaboration and information production in schools International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, pp. 1-17.

ACM DL Author-ize service (ACM authorizer) Park, Tom, Brian Dorn and Andrea Forte. (2015). An Analysis of HTML and CSS Syntax Errors in a Web Development Course. ACM Transactions on Computing Education.

ACM DL Author-ize service (ACM authorizer) Andalibi, Nazanin, Pinar Ozturk, and Andrea Forte (2015). Depression-related imagery on Instagram. Poster Abstract. Companion to Proceedings of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW), Vancouver, BC, Canada.

(pdf) Forte, Andrea, Nazanin Andalibi, Thomas Park, Heather Willever-Farr (2014). Designing Information Savvy Societies: An Introduction to Assessability. Proceedings of ACM SIGCHI Conf. on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'14), Toronto, Canada.

(pdf) Forte, Andrea, Michael Dickard, Rachel Magee, and Denise Agosto (2014). What Do Teens Ask Their Online Social Networks? Social Search Practices among High School Students. Proceedings of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW), Baltimore, MD, USA. * best paper honorable mention *

(pdf) Willever-Farr, Heather and Andrea Forte (2014). Family Matters: Control and Conflict in Online Family History Production. Proceedings of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW), Baltimore, MD, USA.

(pdf) Park, Thomas, Ankur Saxena, Swathi Jagannath, Susan Wiedenbeck, and Andrea Forte (2013). Towards a Taxonomy of Errors in HTML and CSS. Proceedings of the International Computing Education Research Conference (ICER). San Diego, CA. pp.75-82.

(pdf) - Zarro, Mike, Catherine Hall and Andrea Forte (2013) Wedding Dresses and Wanted Criminals: Pinterest.com as an Infrastructure for Repository Building. Proceedings of AAAI International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM) Boston, MA. pp. 650-658. (A reference has been corrected in this online version.)

(pdf) Park, Thomas, Swathi Jagannath, Ankur Saxena, Susan Wiedenbeck and Andrea Forte (2013) openHTML: Designing a Transitional Web Editor for Novices. Poster. ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI).

(pdf - preprint) Forte, Andrea and Cliff Lampe. (2013). Defining, Understanding and Supporting Open Collaboration: Lessons from the Literature. American Behavioral Scientist 57(5): 535-547 (browse full issue).

(pdf) Wyche, Susan P., Andrea Forte and Sarita Y. Schoenebeck. (2013). Hustling Online: Understanding Consolidated Facebook Use in an Informal Settlement in Nairobi, Proceedings of ACM SIGCHI Conf. on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'13), Paris, France. pp. 2823-2832. * best paper honorable mention *

(pdf) Wyche, Susan, Sarita Schoenebeck and Andrea Forte (2013). "Facebook is a Luxury": An Exploratory Study of Social Media Use in Rural Kenya. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), San Antonio, TX, 2013. pp. 33-44

(pdf) Forte, Andrea, Denise Agosto, Michael Dickard and Rachel Magee. (2013). Teenagers' Online Question Asking and Answering Behavior. Position Paper. Workshop on Social Media Question Asking. CSCW 2013 San Antonio, TX.

(pdf) Forte, Andrea and Thomas Park. (2012). How People Assess Cooperatively Authored Information Resources. Poster. Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration (WikiSym '12), Linz, Austria.

(pdf) Forte, Andrea, Melissa Humphreys and Thomas Park. (2012). Grassroots professional development: How teachers use Twitter. Proceedings of the AAAI International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM). Dublin, Ireland. * best paper nomination *

(pdf) Magee, Rachel M., Robin Naughton, Patri O'Gan, Andrea Forte, and Denise E. Agosto (2012). Social Media Practices and Support in U.S. Public Libraries and School Library Media Centers. Poster. Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

(pdf) - Willever-Farr, Heather, Andrea Forte and Lisl Zach. (2012). Cashing in on family: The influence of private companies on online family history construction. Position Paper. Workshop: Heritage Matters: Designing for Current and Future Values Through Digital and Social Technologies. CHI 2012 Austin. TX.

(pdf) Forte, Andrea, Niki Kittur, Vanessa Larco, Haiyi Zhu, Amy Bruckman, Robert Kraut. (2012). Coordination and beyond: Social functions of groups in open content production. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), 2012, Seattle, WA. pp. 417-426.

(pdf) Forte, Andrea (panel organizer), Judd Antin, Shaowen Bardzell, Leigh Honeywell, John Riedl, Sarah Stierch. (2012). Some of all Human Knowledge: Gender and participation in peer production. Panel. Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), 2012, Seattle, WA. pp. 417-426.

(pdf) Willever-Farr, Heather, Lisl Zach, and Andrea Forte. (2012). Tell Me About My Family: A Study of Cooperative Research on Ancestry.com. Proceedings of the iConference, 2012. Toronto, Canada. pp. 303-310.

(email me) - Agosto, D. E., Forte, A., & Magee, R. (2012). Cyberbullying and teens: What YA librarians can do to help. Young Adult Library Services, 10(1): 38-43.

(email me)- Lampe, Cliff, Paul Resnick, Andrea Forte, Sarita Yardi, Dana Rotman, Todd Marshall, Wayne Lutters. (2010) Educational priorities for technology-mediated social participation. IEEE Computer. November, 2010, pp.1-8.

(pdf)- Berland, Leema and Andrea Forte. (2010). When Students Speak, Who Listens? Constructing Audience in Classroom Argumentation . Proceedings of the International Conference of the Learning Sciences. pp 428-435.

(pdf)- - Forte, Andrea and Amy Bruckman. (2009). Writing, Citing, and Participatory Media: Wikis as Learning Environments in the High School Classroom. International Journal of Learning and Media. 1(4). pp 23-44.


(pdf, preprint version) - Forte, Andrea, Vanessa Larco and Amy Bruckman. (2009) Decentralization in Wikipedia Governance. Journal of Management Information Systems. 26(1) pp 49-72.

Shorter Conference Version:
(pdf) - Forte, Andrea and Amy Bruckman. (2008). Scaling consensus: increasing decentralization in Wikipedia governance. Proceedings of Hawaiian International Conference of Systems Sciences (HICSS). (online)

(pdf) - Forte, Andrea and Amy Bruckman. (2008). Information Literacy in the Age of Wikipedia. In Symposium on Learning and Research in the Web 2 Era: Opportunities for Research (Organized by James Slotta) Proceedings of International Conference on the Learning Sciences.

(pdf) - Forte, Andrea and Amy Bruckman. (2007). Constructing text: wiki as a toolkit for (collaborative?) learning. Proceedings of WikiSym 2007. (Montreal, Canada.) pp 31-42.

(email me) - Bruckman, Amy, Alisa Bandlow and Andrea Forte. (2007). HCI for Kids. In The Human-Computer Interaction Handbook: Fundamentals, Evolving Technologies, and Emerging Applications. 2nd Ed. Edited by Julie Jacko and Andrew Sears. NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

(pdf) - Hewitt, Anne and Andrea Forte. (2006). Crossing Boundaries: Identity Management and Student/Faculty Relationships on Facebook. Poster/Extended Abstract, CSCW 2006.

(pdf) - Forte, Andrea and Amy Bruckman. (2006) From Wikipedia to the classroom: exploring online publication and learning. Proceedings of the International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Vol 1. Bloomington, IN, pp. 182-188.

(pdf) - Bryant, Susan, Andrea Forte and Amy Bruckman. (2005). Becoming Wikipedian: transformation of participation in a collaborative online encyclopedia. Proceedings of GROUP International Conference on Supporting Group Work, Sanibel Island, FL, pp. 1-10.

(pdf) - Forte, Andrea and Amy Bruckman. (2005). Why do people write for Wikipedia? Incentives to contribute to open-content publishing. Position Paper. GROUP 05 workshop: Sustaining community: The role and design of incentive mechanisms in online systems. Sanibel Island, FL.

(pdf) - Forte, Andrea and Mark Guzdial. (2005). Motivation and non-majors in computer science: identifying discrete audiences for introductory courses. IEEE Transactions on Education. (48)2: 248-253.

(pdf) - Guzdial, Mark and Andrea Forte. (2005). Design process for a non-majors computing course. Proceedings of the 36th SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education. 361-365.

(pdf) - Forte, Andrea and Mark Guzdial. (2004). Computers for communication, not calculation: media as a motivation and context for learning. Proceedings of the Hawaiian International Conference of Systems Sciences, Big Island, HI.

(pdf) - Forte, Andrea. (2003). Programming for communication: overcoming motivational barriers to computation for all. Proceedings of the IEEE Symposia on Human-Centered Computing Languages and Environments, Auckland, NZ.


INFO 215 - Social Aspects of Information Systems - Winter & Spring 2016

INFO 611 - The Design of Interactive Systems - Winter 2016

PhD Advising

Heather Willever-Farr
Nazanin Andalibi
Meen Chul Kim

graduated students:
Rachel Magee

Thomas Park


Nov 6th, Ann Arbor, MI: UMSI Invited Talk

Dec 4th, New York, NY: Cornell Tech Invited Talk

Dec 5th, Philadelphia: WordCamp US

Dec 10th, Philadelphia: Penn World Well-Being Project Invited Talk

Feb 1-2nd, Washington, DC: NSF STEM+C PI and Community Meeting

Feb 27-Mar 2nd, San Francisco, CA: CSCW 2016

May 7-12th, San Francisco, CA: CHI 2016

June 21-28, Esino Lario, Italy: Wikimania 2016

Past Events …

June 28-July 3, Monterey, CA: HCIC

March 15-19, Vancouver, BC, Canada: CSCW

August 17-18, Evanston, IL: CSCW Program Committee Meeting

November 13-15, Irvine, CA: Keck Futures Initiative Collective Behavior: From Cells to Societies

March 14-18 (2015) Vancouver, Canada: Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing

January 6-8, Orlando, FL: NSF CE21 Community Meeting

Feb 15-19, Baltimore, MD: CSCW

October 25-27, London. UK: MozFest

October 3-5, Washington DC: NSF/ACM Social Computing Symposium

September 15-21: Unavailable/Personal Travel

June 24-27, Monterey, CA: HCIC

June 16-18, Madison, WI: CSCL

June 11, ExCITe Center, Drexel: Symposium on Urban Informatics

April 27-May 2, Paris, Fr: CHI

February 23-27, San Antonio, TX: CSCW - See our Workshop on CSCW in Education

January 16-18th, NYC: MSR Social Computing Symposium

January 15th, Portland, OR: NSF CE21 Community Meeting

November 9-11, London, UK: MozFest

October 5-6, Ann Arbor, MI: CSCW PC Meeting

October 29-30, Baltimore, MD: ASIST

August 27-30, Linz, Austria: WikiSym

July 12-15, Washington, DC: Wikimania

June 25-29, Monterey, CA: HCIC

June 4-8, Dublin, Ireland: ICWSM

May 5-10, Austin TX: CHI

Wednesday Feb 15, 2pm, Bellevue, WA: Presenting research paper at CSCW Beyond Coordination: Social Functions of Groups in Open Content Production.

Tuesday Feb 14, 2pm, Bellevue, WA: Moderating the CSCW panel Some of all human knowledge: Gender and participation in peer production communities.

Monday Feb 13, 4pm, Bellevue, WA: Discussing the most impactful paper of CSCW 2002, Grinter and Palen's "Instant Messaging in Teen Life" at CSCW 2012 in the session Impact of CSCW.

Saturday 2/11, Redmond, WA: Attending the Social Search Social at Microsoft.

2/2-2/3, Washington DC: Attending Computing Education in the 21st Century NSF community meeting.

Community Engagement

Web Workshops: As part of the openHTML project, our team developed a web building workshop for young people in West Philly neighborhoods of Powelton and Mantua.