Ph.D. in Learning Sciences, Vanderbilt University, 2018
M.Ed. in International Education Policy, Vanderbilt University, 2013
B.A. in Architectural Studies, Middlebury College, 2009
Learning Sciences & Technology
Data Science Education
Ben Rydal Shapiro is an assistant professor in the Department of Learning Sciences. His research and design integrate approaches from the learning sciences, information visualization and computer science to study how people engage and learn in relation to the physical environment and to develop new types of learning environments and experiences that support computer and data science education. Current research projects include the design, development and evaluation of new technologies and learning environments that a) leverage learner’s relationships to data to support learning, b) promote pathways to data literacy and engagement with civic data, c) support teaching technology ethics and specifically data ethics and d) advance teacher’s reflective professional practice to interpret data about classroom interaction.
Shapiro was previously a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute for Technology. He completed his Ph.D. in learning sciences as a member of the Space, Learning & Mobility Lab at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education. To learn more about his work visit: https://www.benrydal.com.
Shapiro, B.R., Meng, A., O’Donnell, C., Lou, C., Zhao, E., Dankwa., B., Hostetler, A. (2020). Re-Shape: A Method to Teach Data Ethics for Data Science Education. In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’20). ACM, Honolulu, HI, USA, Paper 124.
Shapiro, B.R., Garner, B., Chae, H.S., Natriello, G. (forthcoming). Classroom Interaction Geography: A Case Study. In Proceedings of the 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Hall, R., Shapiro, B. R., Hostetler, A., Collins, H., Owens, D., Daw, C., & Fisher, D. (2020). Here and then: Learning by making places with digital spatial story lines. Cognition & Instruction, DOI: 10.1080/07370008.2020.1732391
Shapiro, B.R. and Hall, R. (2018). Personal Curation in a Museum. In Proceedings of the ACM
on Human-Computer Interaction, Vol. 2, CSCW, Article 158 (November 2018). ACM, New York, NY.
Shapiro, B.R., Hall, R., & Owens, D. (2017). Developing & Using Interaction Geography in a Museum. International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, 12(4), 377-399.