Tim Weston is a Research Associate for the University of Colorado’s Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS) where he has worked on NSF, Department of Education, NASA, and private foundation funded projects for 15 years. Weston specializes in the evaluation of programs with educational technology interventions, as well as assessing new STEM curricula. Currently, he is the lead evaluator on the project Improving Science Learning through Dialogues with Virtual Tutors, a large-scale study of the use of automated tutors linked to the Full Option Science System (FOSS) curriculum for elementary schools. Other work includes the evaluation of the Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) project, the evaluation of the Virtual Human Project (developing learning software), evaluation of TERAGRID supercomputing center users, and the evaluation of the University of Colorado’s partnership with Dillard University.
Weston also designs and develops assessment instruments and surveys for evaluation and testing. In this capacity he has worked to develop and improve the Student Assessment of Learning Gains(SALG) survey and website , the Undergraduate Research Student Self Assessment (URSSA), and ICARE reading assessment. Weston holds a PhD in research and evaluation methods in education from the University of Colorado, has taught graduate statistics and research methods, and has served on advisory boards for science education projects and other non-profit organizations.