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.