Sydney School of Education and Social Work events - 2014 Archive

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Data big and small: limitations of data-driven approaches to informing learning theory

19 March 2014

Join us on March 19 for a CoCo seminar by Professor Peter Reimann titled “Data big and small: Limitations of data-driven approaches to informing learning theory.”

Using methodological developments in research on self-regulated learning as an example, I argue that current applications of data-driven analytical techniques, such as educational data mining and its branch process mining, are of limited value to advancing theories of learning. The reason is that they deeply grounded in an event-focused, ontologically flat view of learning phenomena. These techniques provide descriptive accounts of the regularities of events, but have limited power to generate theoretical explanations. Building on the philosophical views of Critical Realism, it is suggested that educational eResearch needs to adopt more nuanced ways for investigating and theorising learning phenomena that could provide an account of the mechanisms and contexts in which those mechanisms are realised.

This seminar will be available live online at http://webconf.ucc.usyd.edu.au/seminar-room2/

Event details

  • When: 11am–12.30pm
  • Where:

    Education Building (A35)

    Room 230

  • Cost: Free
  • Contact:

    Sadhbh Warren

    T: +61 2 9351 2612

    E: coco@sydney.edu.au

  • More info: Arrive 10.45am for refreshments
  • Speaker:

    Professor Riemann’s primary research areas have been cognitive learning research with a focus on educational computing, multimedia-based and knowledge-based learning environments, e-learning, and the development of evaluation and assessment methods for the effectiveness of computer-based technologies. Current research activities involve the analysis of individual and group problem solving/learning processes and possible support by means of ICT, and analysis of the use of mobile IT in informal learning settings.

    Professor Riemann currently spends his time journeying between the Sydney School of Education and Social Work as senior researcher in the CoCo Research Centre, and Europe as Chief Scientific Coordinator of Next-Tell, educational technology research project funded by the European Commission.

    He has also worked as reviewer for the IT R&D programs of the European Commission, is founder of a German-based elearning consulting company and was a founding co-director the CoCo research centre.



Data big and small: limitations of data-driven approaches to informing learning theory

Where

Education Building (A35)

Room 230

When

19 March 2014


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