Juho Leinonen


Hello! I’m an academy research fellow at Aalto University. Previously, I was a postdoc at The University of Auckland, Aalto University and the University of Helsinki, where I also completed my PhD in 2019.

The key question that my research seeks to answer is how to best support and engage diverse learner populations with educational technology and artificial intelligence. My research tackles this challenge in three intertwined ways: 1) by developing deeper insights into students’ learning through fine-grained learning analytics; 2) by utilizing educational technology, artificial intelligence, and large language models to support both students and teachers; and 3) by leveraging learnersourcing to create ample learning opportunities tailored to distinct student needs.

I’m always looking for new collaborators, so feel free to get in touch!


Jan 31, 2024 We received the best research paper award for Evaluating LLM-generated Worked Examples in an Introductory Programming Course at the Australasian Computing Education conference! Huge congratulations to Breanna and Angela, the student team who led the work! :tada:
Sep 12, 2023 I’m hiring a PhD student for the Large Language Models for Computing Education Project at Aalto University! Find out more and apply here! :mortar_board:
Sep 8, 2023 Our work on Exploring the Interplay of Achievement Goals, Self-Efficacy, Prior Experience and Course Achievement received the best paper award at UKICER 2023! :raised_hands:
Jun 30, 2023 I am very grateful to have received funding from the Academy of Finland for a four-year Academy Research Fellow project on Large Language Models for Computing Education! :pray:
Jan 31, 2023 We received the best practitioner paper award for Automated Questionnaires About Students’ JavaScript Programs: Towards Gauging Novice Programming Processes at the Australasian Computing Education conference! :sparkles:

Selected publications

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    Evaluating LLM-generated Worked Examples in an Introductory Programming Course
    Breanna Jury, Angela Lorusso, Juho Leinonen, Paul Denny, and Andrew Luxton-Reilly
    In Proceedings of the 26th Australasian Computing Education Conference 2024
    Best paper award

  2. The Robots are Here: Navigating the Generative AI Revolution in Computing Education
    James Prather, Paul Denny, Juho Leinonen, Brett A Becker, Ibrahim Albluwi, Michelle Craig, Hieke Keuning, Natalie Kiesler, Tobias Kohn, Andrew Luxton-Reilly, Stephen MacNeil, Andrew Petersen, Raymond Pettit, Brent N Reeves, and Jaromir Savelka

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    Automatic Generation of Programming Exercises and Code Explanations Using Large Language Models
    Sami Sarsa, Paul Denny, Arto Hellas, and Juho Leinonen
    In Proceedings of the 2022 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research V. 1 2022
    Best paper award