Chinmay Kulkarni

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Ph.D. candidate @ Stanford HCI

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I'm a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University, focusing on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). I have two awesome academic advisors, Professor Scott Klemmer and Professor Michael Bernstein.

I'm graduating in Spring 2015, and I'm applying for tenure-track faculty positions. See research statement, Teaching statement, CV and representative papers.


Massive online classrooms bring together students from around the world in one connected classroom. In my research, I design software systems and associated pedagogy that leverages peer processes at massive scale.

Talkabout enables students in massive classes to talk in small, but global discussion groups. Randomized controlled experiments show these global discussions help students learn better. PeerStudio provides them fast qualitative feedback on open-ended work. Students using PeerStudio get feedback in less than an hour, orders of magnitude faster than traditional methods. Thousands of learners in both Massive Open Online Classrooms (MOOCs) and university classrooms have used these platforms for large-scale peer assessment and discussion.

The insights behind our structured peer assessment systems have also since been adopted by other researchers in human-computer interaction (HCI) and social computing.

Using our software

  1. Talkabout: Please fill out this form. We will be able to support your class if it runs on Coursera, edX or other LTI-compatible platform.
  2. PeerStudio: Please email us at If you're a student using PeerStudio in your class, you can email us your problem– please use the email address you use with your class. For regrades and deadline extensions, please ask your course staff.


If you're at Stanford's School of Education, and want to study how students use PeerStudio or Talkabout, please email me. If you're a Stanford undergrad, and want to work with me this summer, I encourage you to apply to the CURIS program.

Finding papers/resources

Papers and other resources are here. The PeerStudio paper is not "camera-ready" yet, so please email me for a copy.

Last updated on March 13, 2015. Web design based on ideas from Juho Kim, Justin Cheng, and Scott Klemmer. Thanks to the Siebel Scholars program for supporting my research in 2014.