ECE Seminar Series

ISTeC Distinguished Lecture In conjunction with the School of Education, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Department of Computer Science Seminar Series

Title: Quantitative Ethnography: Measuring Complex Thinking Using Grounded Data Mining
Speaker: David Shaffer
Affiliation: University of Wisconsin - Madison
Day: Monday, December 5, 2016
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Morgan Library Event Hall

Abstract: In the age of educational games and the Big Data they generate, we have more information than ever about what students are doing and how they are thinking. But the sheer volume of data available can overwhelm traditional qualitative and quantitative research methods. Quantitative Ethnography is a set of research methods that combine ethnographic techniques with statistical tools - a way to go beyond looking for arbitrary patterns begin generating meaningful insights about learning at scale. This talk provides an overview of the science of Quantitative Ethnography and a preview of two key tools that researchers can use to assess complex thinking.

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.