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Call for participation: Tutorial on Epistemic Network Analysis

posted 11 Feb 2014, 01:26 by ICO Education   [ updated 11 Feb 2014, 01:35 ]
A Workshop at Learning Analytics and Knowledge 2014 -

What is Epistemic Network Analysis? 

Originally designed to analyze and assess epistemic frames—collections of skills, knowledge, identities, values, and ways of making decisions—in virtual game environments, epistemic network analysis (ENA) is now being used more generally to quantify the structure of connections that constitute complex thinking as they manifest in discourse. Patterns of connections between elements of discourse are one important feature of action in any domain, and ENA can help researchers quantify and visualize the development of such connections over time.

Why ENA?
Learning in the 21st century means thinking in complex and collaborative ways that are situated in a real world context. ENA allows researchers examining (or interested in examining) complex thinking in communities of practice using ENA. 

Why an ENA workshop?
The goal of this full day workshop is to explore the usage of ENA in a diverse array of domains. This workshop will (1) introduce new users to this method, (2) provide further training and insight for those already using ENA, and (3) develop a broader community of users. Building on the success of ENA as a data analysis method, this workshop will use an instructional and exploratory format to introduce researchers to this method. This workshop is suited for researchers and practitioners who want to measure connections or co-occurrences in data, are looking for novel methods to analyze qualitative data quantitatively, or are generally interested in learning about ENA. 

For more information about ENA visit http://epistemicgames.org/ena, and for this workshop specifically, http://epistemicgames.org/ena/events/lak-2014.

Submissions due 21 March 2014
Workshop held 25 March 2014, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

David Williamson Shaffer, Professor of Learning Sciences, UW-Madison 
Golnaz Arastoopour, Graduate Student of Learning Sciences, UW-Madison 
Chandra Orrill, Assistant professor of STEM Education, UMass Dartmouth 
Wesley Collier, Graduate Student of Learning Sciences, UW-Madison 

Wesley Collier wcollier@wisc.edu 

Participants are required to bring their own laptops and are strongly encouraged to bring their own datasets for this interactive workshop. However, data sources will also be provided. Datasets should be .csv, .xls, or .txt files that contain meta data (some sort of identifying information such as participant id numbers, gender, timestamp, etc.) and coded data (discourse that is coded for elements of interest) in columns. Please email Wesley Collier with questions/concerns about potential datasets. 

To register for the workshop, please email Wesley Collier (wcollier@wisc.edu) and provide the following information:
• Name 
• Affiliation 
• Abstract (200 words max) describing research interests, datasets, and how ENA may be a useful method for current analyses 

Registration Deadline 03.21.14 
Workshop Date 03.25.14, Full day workshop 

Please email Wesley Collier (wcollier@wisc.edu) with abstract (200 words max)