Kaycie Barron

Position title: UW Advance Data Analytics and Informatics Program

Madison, WI

Kaycie Barron has lived in Madison, WI her entire life, having recently graduated from UW-Madison with a B.A. in both psychology and Spanish.  During her three years at the university, Kaycie worked in the Language & Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, completing a number of activities such as generating auditory experimental stimuli, data processing and coding, literature review, and text transcription, among others. She has also completed basic training in data manipulation in R and Python, and is interested in transferring this knowledge as it applies to crunching down the big data harnessed within the LAMP program.  Currently, she plans on overseeing the UW Advance Data Analytics and Informatics program for international students this summer, where they will engage in English courses, participate in workshops, and refine their skills to build confidence through presentations, debate, discussions, and analysis.

Kaycie is particularly interested in pursuing research and data analysis on the aspects of the achievement gap that exists between English Language Learners (ELLs) and native English-speaking children, particularly in terms of language learning environments in formal school settings.  Given her experience in a psycholinguistics lab, tutoring exchange students through UW-Madison, and learning a second language herself, she believes that both curricula and methods of learning analytics can be applied to the acquisition of English as a second language.