ECE Seminar Series
School of Education, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and
Department of Computer Science Special Seminar
Sponsored by ISTeC
Title: Epistemic Network Analysis (ENA)
Speaker: David Shaffer
Affiliation: University of Wisconsin - Madison
Day: Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: TILT 104
Abstract: Learning in the 21st century means thinking in complex and collaborative ways that are situated in a real world context.
David Shaffer will introduce Epistemic Network Analysis (ENA), a tool for modeling complex thinking. A central premise
of ENA is that complex thinking is characterized by a network of connections in a domain. Originally designed to
assess epistemic frames, collections of skills, knowledge, identities, values, and ways of making decisions in virtual
game environments, ENA is now being used broadly to quantify the structure of connections that constitute complex
thinking in large-scale datasets and logfiles of many kinds, including but not limited to chat, email, and actions online.
Bio: David Williamson Shaffer is Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin and Director of the
Epistemic Games Group in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. Shaffer studies how new technologies
change the way people think and learn, and he is the author of How Computer Games Help Children Learn.