David Williamson Shaffer

Credentials: Faculty Director, Learning Analytics program

Email: dws@education.wisc.edu

Dr. David Williamson Shaffer is the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Learning Sciences at UW-Madison and a data philosopher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. Before coming to UW, Dr. Shaffer taught grades 4-12 in the US and abroad, including two years working with the US Peace Corps in Nepal. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. from MIT. His current focus is on merging statistical and qualitative methods to model complex and collaborative thinking skills; his lab, Epistemic Analytics, focuses on the process and outcomes of “turning data into meaning.” Dr. Shaffer has authored more than 250 publications with over 100 co-authors, including the books How Computer Games Help Children Learn and Quantitative Ethnography.