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Botelho, Anthony F.

Anthony BotelhoAssistant Professor
School of Teaching and Learning

College of Education
University of Florida
2821 Norman Hall
PO Box 117048
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352-273-4214
Fax: 352-392-9193

Research Biography

Anthony Botelho, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of Educational Technology in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida. Dr. Botelho is an expert in developing and deploying technology to study student learning across educational contexts. His research combines theory, methodologies, and application across fields including education, cognitive psychology, artificial intelligence, and computer science. Toward this, Dr. Botelho has leveraged quantitative methodologies including learning analytics, machine learning, and natural language processing to study cognitive, behavioral, and affective constructs of learning in online and classroom settings. Dr. Botelho also engages in interdisciplinary collaboration with educators and researchers across disciplines to design, develop, and refine human-in-the-loop systems and methodologies to advance instructional practices and our understanding of how students learn.


Ph.D. in Learning Science and Technologies, 2019
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

M.S. in Computer Science, 2015
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

B.A. in Interactive Media and Game Development, 2013
Becker College

Key Professional Appointments

Assistant Professor, Educational Technology, School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida, 2021 – Present

Research Scientist, Learning Science and Technologies Program, Department of Computer Science, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2019 – 2021

Activities and Honors

Nomination for Best Paper Award, International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge, 2021

Nomination for Best Paper Award, International Conference on Computers in Education, 2018

Best Student Paper Award, International Conference on Educational Data Mining, 2018


National Science Foundation Collaborative Research: Frameworks: Cyber Infrastructure for Shared Algorithmic and Experimental Research in Online Learning. (Award #1931523; $1,891,611; 2019-2024). Heffernan, N.T. (PI), Heineman, G. (CoPI), Ostrow, K.S. (CoPI), Botelho, A.F. (CoPI)

National Science Foundation, IUSE EHR: Improving Undergraduate Algorithms Instructing with Online Feedback: ADVISOR. (Award #1903304; $299,059; 2019-2022). Heineman, G. (PI), Heffernan, N.T. (CoPI), Botelho, A.F. (CoPI)

National Science Foundation, Cyberlearning & Future of Learning Technologies: Putting Teachers in the Driver’s Seat: Using Machine Learning to Personalize Interactions with Students (DRIVER-SEAT). (Award #1822830; $764,317; 2018-2021). Botelho, A.F. (PI), Heffernan, N.T. (CoPI), Whitehill, J.R. (CoPI), Ostrow, K.S. (CoPI)

National Science Foundation, DIBBs: PD: Enhancing and Personalizing Educational Resources through Tools for Experimentation. (Award #1724889; $544,644; 2017-2020). Heffernan, N.T. (PI), Williams, J.J. (CoPI), Ostrow, K.S. (CoPI), Botelho, A.F. (CoPI)

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

Botelho, A. F. & Heffernan, N. T. (2019). Crowdsourcing Feedback to Support Teachers and Students. In Sinatra, A.M., Graesser, A.C., Hu, X., Brawner, K., and Rus, V. (Eds.). Design Recommendations for Intelligent Tutoring Systems: Volume 7 – Self-Improving Systems. Orlando, FL: U.S. Army Research Laboratory. Pages 101-108. ISBN 978-0-9977257-7-3

Journal Articles

Erickson, J., Botelho, A. F., McAteer, S., Varatharaj, A., & Heffernan, N. T. (2020, March). The Automated Grading of Student Open Responses in Mathematics. In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge, 615-624. ACM. 

Botelho, A. F., Varatharaj, A., Patikorn, T., Doherty, D., Adjei, S. A., Beck, J. E. (2019). Developing Early Detectors of Student Attrition and Wheel Spinning Using Deep Learning. Journal of IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies. Volume 12(2), pp. 158-170. doi: 10.1109/TLT.2019.2912162

Botelho, A. F., Varatharaj, A., VanInwegen, E., & Heffernan, N. T. (2019, March). Refusing to Try: Characterizing Early Stopout on Student Assignments. In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge, 391-400. ACM.

Botelho, A. F., Baker, R. S., Ocumpaugh, J., & Heffernan, N. T. (2018, July). Studying Affect Dynamics and Chronometry Using Sensor-Free Detectors. In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Educational Data Mining, 157-166.

Sales, A., Botelho, A. F., Patikorn, T., & Heffernan, N. T. (2018, July). Using Big Data to Sharpen Design-Based Inference in A/B Tests. In Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Educational Data Mining, 479-485.

Botelho, A. F., Baker, R. S., & Heffernan, N. T. (2017, June). Improving Sensor-Free Affect Detection Using Deep Learning. In Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, 40-51. Springer, Cham.

Selected Links

Personal website: https://abotelho.com

Complete list of publications: https://www.abotelho.com/publications