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November 2016

Ryan Baker is visiting on his way to a keynote at the ASCILITE Conference in Adelaide. He will be giving a talk at 3pm on Friday 25 November at the University of Sydney, all welcome! Friday 25 November, 3pm, rooms 249 & 250, Level 2 South, Fisher Library (F03), University of Sydney. Campus map:

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Modeling Complex Skill with Educational Data Mining

Abstract: In recent years, the emerging methods of educational data mining have made it possible to model performance on complex skills occurring within online education, making it possible in turn to measure learning of these skills over time. In this talk, I will discuss my lab’s work to model the development of these skills, both in structured contexts such intelligent tutoring systems, and less structured contexts such as simulations and serious games. For example, I will discuss our work to infer when students are able to successfully design controlled experiments within simulations, and when they are able to successfully navigate a complex virtual environment to gather evidence that enables them to answer causal questions about events in that virtual environment. By modeling complex student skill and inferring students’ knowledge of these skills, we make it possible to create educational and training environments that can support students in developing robust and useful competencies.

Ryan is Associate Professor of Cognitive Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University, USA. He is in Australia as a keynote speaker at the 2016 ASCILITE Conference, and we’re fortunate to be able to have him with us in Sydney while he’s visiting.

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