OUCEA’s Annual Lecture 2018

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Professor Derek Briggs gave us an insightful talk on ‘Tolerating Approximate Answers about Student Learning’ in the beautiful setting of the Ashmolean Museum for this year’s OUCEA annual lecture. His talk began with an aphorism from Professor John Tukey; “An approximate answer to the right problem is worth a good deal more than an exact answer to an approximate problem.” Derek then explored the lack of connection between current educational assessment practices and learning theory, the need to substantiate educationally meaningful magnitudes in our psychometric and growth models of learning, and how John Tukey’s data analysis approach may assist us in addressing these problems. Derek was followed by OUCEA Deputy Director Joshua McGrane who provided comments on Derek’s discussion and both then took part in a short Q&A session before we invited guests to join us for a drinks reception in the museum.

(L-R) T Hopfenbeck, D Briggs, J Baird, J McGrane

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