DRP Lecture Series


All lectures are from 12:00-1:00 PM and are free and open to the public.
Locations and dates vary and are posted below.

April 18, 2013 - 12:00-1:00

Education Building, Bascom Room 198
Educational Data Mining: Towards Long-Term and Actionable Prediction of Student Outcomes with Ryan Baker

Increasingly, students’ educational experiences occur in the context of educational technology, creating opportunities to log student behavior in a fashion that is both longitudinal and very fine-grained. This trend, and the emergence of the field of Educational Data Mining which provides methods for analyzing these log files, have combined to make it possible to model a range of aspects of the learner just from log files, including affect, meta-cognition, and engagement.

In this talk, Dr. Baker will discuss how these models in turn can be used in prediction of long-term student outcomes, illustrating this with examples of how affect, engagement, and learning during middle school use of educational software can support prediction of both end-of-year learning and decisions about whether to attend college. These predictive models can in turn support inference about what factors make a specific student at-risk for poorer outcomes.

March 19, 2013 - 12:00-1:00 PM

Wisconsin Idea Room Education Building
Bayesian Statistics: An Alternative Paradigm for Quantitative Research in Education with Dr. David Kaplan

Bayesian statistics is receiving renewed attention from academic researchers to baseball statisticians because of two key reasons: its capacity to systematically use prior knowledge gained from previous research, and increased computing power coupled with readily available computer software. Come learn more about the potential that Bayesian models hold for your research and inquiry!

February 01, 2013 - 12:00-1:00 PM

Room 401C Teacher Ed. Building
Teaching with Improv with Guest Lecturer: Joe Thompson 

How can I get my students to work together? How can I have fun teaching again? How can I engage my students? If you have ever asked yourself these questions, join us to find out how improv can reinvigorate your teaching practice!

Before getting into education, Joe was on the improv circuit in Chicago and other places around the United States. He currently works in the UW Athletic Department where he is involved with programs like Bookin’ it with Bucky, which motivates students to read. He is also a K-12 classroom teacher at a local school and co-founder of ImprovAbility, Inc. where he works to develop awareness and perspective in people through fun activities that stimulate creativity, cooperation, and a sense of community.

November 13, 2012 - 12:00-1:00 PM

Room 259 Ed. Sci. Building
Preparing Adolescents for Political Engagement: Research, Practice, & Ongoing  with Dr. Brett Levy 

Why are so many young people disengaged from political issues?  What can educators do to foster greater participation in democratic processes? How can we conduct research to address these questions? Dr. Levy will discuss his research on adolescents’ political engagement, how educators can support youth political engagement, and ongoing challenges for researchers and educators in this field. 

Oct 23, 2012 - 12:00-1:00 PM

Wisconsin Idea Room - Education Building 159
Transforming Research: Finding your Path with Passion and Integrity with Dr. Travis Wright

The world of research does not come with a GPS. It is easy to feel lost on the journey towards rigor, research agendas, and the politics of publication. Wright will discuss strategies for finding your way with integrity and authenticity. This lively tour will include personal stories, tips for empowering future researchers, and anecdotes to inspire you to find your own way.

Dr. Wright is a new professor in the Curriculum & Instruction department at UW- Madison. He received his Ed.D from Harvard and worked at George Washington University before coming to Madison this fall. Dr. Wright uses cutting edge qualitative research methods to study risk and resilience in the lives of young children and families navigating the demands of high poverty urban environments. In addition, he is a vibrant and engaging storyteller, which will surely be a highlight of his lecture.

School of Education
1025 W. Johnson St.
Madison, WI 53706

For more information:
Richard Halverson
DRP Director

Al Barnicle abarnicle@wisc.edu