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Events and Seminars

CEDiR Events and Seminars

CEDiR hosts around 12 events per year, catering to a wide range of the group's diverse interests in the field of dialogue. Many of our seminars are also open to the public. In the past, we have attracted many high-profile national and international speakers and participants.

Contact us if you have any questions about our events or if you are interested in attending.

Upcoming Events

Visitor – David Williamson Shaffer (Jan 2019)

Seminar - 'Quantitative Ethnography'

Tuesday 22nd January 2019 - 17:00-18:15 (DMB GS5)

In the age of Big Data, we have more information than ever about what people are doing and how they are thinking. However, the sheer volume of data available can overwhelm traditional qualitative and quantitative research methods, leading to research that finds significance without meaning. The science of quantitative ethnography connects the study of culture with statistical tools to understand learning, taking a critical step in learning analytics and the social sciences and humanities more broadly: going beyond looking for patterns in mountains of data to tell textured stories at scale. Registration for this talk is not required.

Interactive Workshop on Quantitative Ethnographyː Open source tools for analysing large sets of discourse data - RSVP required

Wednesday 23rd January 2019 - 10:00-13:00

This workshop will introduce participants to Quantitative Ethnography, a set of tools for modeling complex and collaborative thinking. A central premise of Quantitative Ethnography is learning is a process of enculturation in which students learn to make relevant connections among the skills, concepts, and/or practices in a domain. Quantitative Ethnography models the structure of these connections in large- and small-scale datasets, and logfiles of many kinds, including transcripts of structured and semi-structured interviews or video data, games and simulations, chat, email, and social media. By modeling patterns of connections in discourse, Quantitative Ethnography helps researchers quantify and visualize the development of complex and collaborative thinking.

This interactive workshop will provide an overview of Quantitative Ethnography, with an emphasis on the conceptual and practical issues of data management, coding, and modeling, and open-source tools to address these issues: nCoder, a tool for generating and validating qualitative codes; and ENA, a tool for modelling, visualizing, and testing connections in data. A laptop with web access is helpful, but not required.


David Williamson Shaffer is the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Educational Psychology, the Obel Professor of Learning Analytics at Aalborg University in Copenhagen, and a Data Philosopher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. He is the author of How Computer Games Help Children Learn and Quantitative Ethnography.

Details of other upcoming events will appear here soon.

Past Events

Details of CEDiR's previous events can be found here.