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Shaffer: Assessing Complex, Collaborative Problem Solving Using Quantitative Ethnography

In this presentation from the Department of Educational Psychology, UW-Madison’s David Williamson Shaffer will discuss the science of quantitative ethnography.
Date
Monday, December 03, 2018
Time
2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location
Room 259 Educational Sciences building
Description

In the age of Big Data, we have more information than ever about how students solve complex problems in collaborative settings. However, the sheer volume of data available can overwhelm traditional qualitative and quantitative research methods, and there are fundamental issues with making attributions about individual students in the context of collaborative work.

In this presentation from the Department of Educational Psychology, UW-Madison’s David Williamson Shaffer will discuss how the science of quantitative ethnography addresses these concerns by connecting the study of culture with statistical tools to model complex, collaborative work. The tools of quantitative ethnography take a critical step in the new field of learning analytics: constructing models of individual participation in collaborative work, and doing so in a way that goes beyond looking for patterns in mountains of data by modeling close analysis of student work at scale.

Shaffer is the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Learning Sciences with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. Shaffer, who also is a Data Philosopher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, is the author of “How Computer Games Help Children Learn” and “Quantitative Ethnography.”


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