Upcoming June Webinar

Upcoming June Webinar | 2022 QE Webinar Series

Upstream Sources of Bias in Adaptive Learning Systems

June 7 at 1:00 PM (CST), 8:00 PM (CET)

Be sure to mark your calendar for the next Quantitative Ethnography Webinar of the year on June 7 at 1pm CST/8pm CET! This month’s speakers is Shamya Karumbaiah (Carnegie Mellon University & joining University of Wisconsin-Madison 2023)

Adaptive systems in education need to ensure population validity to meet the needs of all students for an equitable outcome. Recent research highlights how these systems encode societal biases leading to discriminatory behaviors towards specific student subpopulations. However, the focus has mostly been on investigating bias in predictive modeling, particularly its downstream stages like model development and evaluation. In this talk, Dr. Karumbaiah hypothesizes that the upstream sources (i.e., theory, design, training data collection method) in the development of adaptive systems also contribute to the bias in these systems, highlighting the need for a nuanced approach to conducting fairness research.

The monthly QE Webinar Series will showcase emerging research and exciting new developments in Quantitative Ethnography. These one-hour events will begin with a 30-minute presentation by scholars from the QE community, followed by 30 minutes of moderated discussion. Attendance is free and open to anyone who is interested!

Registration is now open!

If you would like to take a look at previous webinars, you can view our archived recordings from last year. If you have questions, please contact alison.lindner@wisc.edu.