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PCD 2/24/12, Dan Schwartz, Stanford School of Education. An unexpected place for HCI to improve education: Tests..

Terry Winograd winograd at
Wed Feb 22 11:54:56 PST 2012

Stanford Seminar on People, Computers, and Design (CS547: HCI Seminar)

February 24, 2012
12:50-2:00 pm, Gates B01

Dan Schwartz, Stanford School of Education
An unexpected place for HCI to improve education: Tests..

Assessment is not a sexy topic. Tests are tolerated as a necessary
nuisance. This underestimates the power of assessments, and the degree
to which they have shaped how you, and everyone else, thinks about
what counts as useful learning. Most assessments of learning focus on
factual recall and procedural fluency. This misses the goal of
education, which is to enable people to make good choices. Therefore,
this is what assessments should measure. Current assessments employ a
few well-worn scripts: multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank,
short answer, and so on. Choice-based assessments require new types of
interactive environments that do not rely on the usual scripts. This
is where HCI can help.

Daniel Schwartz is a Professor in Education and the Symbolic Systems
program at Stanford. After teaching in public schools for 8 years,
Professor Schwartz completed a PhD to understand and improve
instruction through the development of innovative technologies for
learning and assessment. His graduate training included extensive work
in computer and cognitive science. Professor Schwartz's research spans
the high variability of everyday classrooms to the tightly controlled
confines of fMRI (see AAALab.Stanford.Edu). His abiding question is
how perception can facilitate understanding and learning.


NEXT WEEK: March 2, 2012
Dan Weld	University of Washington
Artificial Intelligence for Artificial Artificial Intelligence

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