David Shaffer

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Professor David Williamson Shaffer

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Professor David Williamson Shaffer

Professor
Educational Psychology (EdPsych)

1065 Educational Sciences  binoculars icon
1025 West Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53706-1706
Office: 608/265-4602
Fax: 608/262-0843

dws@education.wisc.edu
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Personal Biography

David Williamson Shaffer is a Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Educational Psychology and a Game Scientist at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. Before coming to the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Shaffer taught grades 4-12 in the United States and abroad, including two years working with the Asian Development Bank and US Peace Corps in Nepal. His M.S. and Ph.D. are from the Media Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he taught in the Technology and Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Shaffer was a 2008-2009 European Union Marie Curie Fellow. He studies how new technologies change the way people think and learn.


Education

1998 - Ph D, Media Arts and Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA

1996 - MS, Media Arts and Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA

1987 - AB, History and East Asian Studies, Magna cum laude
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA


 

 

Scheduled Teaching

  • Fall 2012 - Quantitative Ethnography
    Course Number: 711, Course Delivery Mode: Seminar
     
  • Spring 2012 - Introduction to the Learning Sciences
    Course Number: 796, Maximum Credit Hours: 3
     
  • Spring 2012 - Psychology of Educational Communications
    Course Prefix: 315, Course Number: 711, Section: 5, Maximum Credit Hours: 2, Course Delivery Mode: Seminar
     
  • Fall 2009 - Tools for Thought
    Course Number: 792
     
  • Cognition and Classroom Learning
    Course Number: 795, Course Delivery Mode: Seminar
     
  • Cognition and Classroom Learning
    Course Number: 795, Course Delivery Mode: Seminar
     
  • Cognition and Classroom Learning
    Course Number: 795, Course Delivery Mode: Seminar
     

Grants and Sponsorships

  • 2012-2017 - Amount: $2,500,000.00, "Reese: Measuring Complex Stem Thinking Using Epistemic Network Analysis," Awarded By: National Science Foundation, David W. Shaffer.
  • 2012-2015 - Amount: $550,000.00, "Ree: Using A Virtual Engineering Internship To Model The Complexity Of Engineering Design Problems," Awarded By: National Science Foundation, Sponsor Type: Federal, David W. Shaffer.
  • 2012-2014 - Amount: $600,000.00, "Tues-Type 2: First Year Virtual Internships To Increase Persistence Of Underrepresented Groups In Engineering: Rescushell And Its Parent Company Rescutek (co-Pi)," Awarded By: National Science Foundation, David W. Shaffer.
  • 2009-2014 - Amount: $3,500,000.00, "Drk12: Automentor: Virtual Mentoring And Assessment In Computer Games For Stem Learning," Awarded By: National Science Foundation, Sponsor Type: Federal, David W. Shaffer, Principal; Robert Mislevy, Co-Principal; Graesser Arthur, Co-Principal; Kristen Scopinich, Co-Principal.
  • 2009-2011 - Amount: $500,000.00, "Ccli: Professional Practice Simulations For Engaging, Educating And Assessing Undergraduate Engineers," Awarded By: National Science Foundation, Sponsor Type: Federal, David W. Shaffer, Principal; Naomi Chesler, Co-Principal.

Publications

  • Shaffer, D.W., & Gee, J. (2012). The right kind of GATE: Computer games and the future of assessment. In M. Mayrath, D. Robinson, & J. Clarke-Midura (Eds.), Technology-Based Assessments for 21st Century Skills: Theoretical and Practical Implications from Modern Research. Information Age Publishers.
  • Shaffer, D.W., Hatfield, D.L., Svarovsky, G.N., Nash, P., Nulty, A., Bagley, E., Franke, K., Rupp, A.A., & Mislevy, R. (2009). Epistemic network analysis: A prototype for 21st century assessment of learning. International Journal of Learning and Media.
  • Shaffer, D.W. (2007). How computer games help children learn. New York, NY: Palgrave.
  • Shaffer, D.W. Epistemic frames for epistemic games. Unpublished Manuscript, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 22(3), 223-234.
  • Shaffer, D.W. (2005). Video games and the future of learning. University of Wisconsin-Madison , Wisconsin Center for Education Research.
  • Shaffer, D.W., Squire, K.D., Halverson, R.R., & Gee, J.P. (2005). Video games and the future of learning. Phi Delta Kappan. 87(2), 105-111.
  • Shaffer, D.W. (2004). Pedagogical praxis: The professions as models for post-industrial education. Teachers College Record. 106(7), 1401-1421.
  • Shaffer, D.W., & Serlin, R. What good are statistics that don't generalize? Unpublished Manuscript, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 33(9), 14-25.
  • Shaffer, D.W., & Kaput, J.J. Mathematics and virtual culture: An evolutionary perspective on technology and mathematics. Unpublished Manuscript, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
  • Shaffer, D.W., & Resnick, M. Thick authenticity: New media and authentic learning. Unpublished Manuscript, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 10(2), 195-215.
  • Shaffer, D.W. (1995). Exploring trigonometry with the geometer's sketchpad. Berkeley, CA: Key Curriculum Press.
  • Shaffer, D.W. (in press). The bicycle helmets of "Amsterdam": Computer games and the problem of transfer. Games, Learning, and Society: Learning and Meaning in the Digital Age. Cambridge University Press.

Presentations

  • Shaffer, D.W. (2013). Epistemic games in the workplace, University of Grenoble, Grenoble, France.
  • Shaffer, D.W. (2013). Games for learning and assessment, University of Lyon, Lyon, France.
  • Shaffer, D.W. (2013). Pragmatic epistemology, University of Paris IV-Sorbonne.
  • Shaffer, D.W. (2013). Pragmatic epistemology, University of Lyon, Lyon, France.
  • Shaffer, D.W. (2012). Games and assessment, CRESST Visiting Experts Panel.
  • Shaffer, D.W. (2012). Engineering the future of education, Rice University, Houston, Texas.
  • Shaffer, D.W. (2012). Games to teach and games to test: Developing and assessing innovation, Columbia University.
  • Shaffer, D.W. (2012). Games to teach and games to test: Developing and assessing innovation, International Assocation for Educational Assessment Conference.
  • Shaffer, D.W. (2012). Games to teach and games to test: Developing and assessing innovation, LSI Advances in Learning Lecture Series, Arizona State University.
  • Shaffer, D.W. (2012). Powerpoints that work, Spencer Foundation Invited Seminar.
  • Shaffer, D.W. (2012). Assessment within serious games, TEA Symposium.

Public Service

  • Q Center
    Dates of Membership: 2013 - Pres.
  • Board of Advisors of a Company. Period of Service: 2013 - Pres.

  • Designs for Learning Journal
    Dates of Membership: 2012 - Pres.

  • Serious Games for Educational and Child Psychology
    Dates of Membership: 2011 - Pres.

  • Technology, Knowledge and Learning
    Dates of Membership: 2011 - Pres.

  • Contemporary Educational Technology
    Dates of Membership: 2010 - Pres.

  • Educational Technology & Society Journal
    Dates of Membership: 2009 - Pres.

  • Journal of Computer Assisted Learning
    Dates of Membership: 2009 - Pres.

  • International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations
    Dates of Membership: 2008 - Pres.

  • Review of Education Research
    Dates of Membership: 2008 - Pres.

  • James J. Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in Mathematics Education
    Dates of Membership: 2007 - Pres.

  • Journal of Global Studies in Education
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer. Period of Service: 2010 - Pres.

  • Singapore National Institute of Education
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer. Period of Service: 2008 - Pres.

Awards and Honors

  • Marie Curie Fellowship
    Organization: European Union
    Purpose: Scholarship/Research
    Scope: International
    Description: Dr. Shaffer was appointed as a Marie Curie European Fellow at Utrecht University for the 2008-2009 academic year.
    Date(s): August 1, 2008 - July 31, 2009
  • National Academy of Education Fellow
    Organization: Spencer Foundation
    Purpose: Scholarship/Research
    Scope: National
    Date(s): September 1, 2003 - August 31, 2005
  • Phi Beta Kappa
    Organization: Harvard University
    Purpose: Scholarship/Research
    Scope: National
    Date(s): May 21, 1987
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