The workshops will be offered at Monday, July 6, 9am – noon at no additional charge. You may only choose one.
Workshop I: Reading Assesments: Learn about FAST (offered by Ted Crist)
This workshop will review FAST as a cloud-based assessment and data system that was developed at the University of Minnesota with funding from IES (2009 to present). Those who attend will learn about FAST and its potential to support a variety of basic and applied research and development. This includes the use of current measures and the development of new measures, which might be shared and distributed widely. A variety of performance data are recorded in the database, which includes accuracy, response choices, and response times (in milliseconds) on an item-by-item basis. Much of the reporting is automated, immediate and exportable in csv files. As an applied research team, we are interested to support basic science, theory development, and their implications for practice. The current domains of assessment span reading, mathematics, and social-emotional behavior. This workshop will be of interest to those who might (a) use FAST to support data collection, (b) explore extant data from large multi-state samples, or (c) use FAST to develop and refine new measures.
Workshop II: Eye-Tracking and Reading Research (offered by Johanna Kaakinen) [SOLD OUT]
This workshop will be a three hour tutorial on the powers and perils of using eye tracking methodologies to study language processing. The advent of inexpensive and easy-to-use trackers had led to a rapid expansion of users, some of whom may not have the requisite training in the appropriate experimental and data-analytic techniques. After a brief review of the history eye-tracking research, Dr. Kaakinen will provide an overview of eye tracking best practices, common pitfalls, along with the latest techniques to help users get the most out of this powerful instrument. The workshop will be hands-off, though we will consider and compare the latest trackers along with their strengths and weaknesses. This workshop will be of interest to those relatively new to eye tracking, those who have been tracking for years, as well as scholars who would like to consume and appreciate eye-tracking research at a deeper level of sophistication.