Nia Dowell to Present on Group Communication Analysis

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LINK Research Lab Presentation

Dr. Nia Dowell

Group communication analysis: A computational linguistics approach for detecting sociocognitive roles in multi-party interactions

Wednesday, January 24th, 12:00-1:00pm, Nedderman Hall 246


The learning sciences field is in need of new automated methodological approaches that offer deeper insights into the dynamics of learner interactions and discourse across online platforms. This talk will present results from recent work that uses language and discourse to capture sociocognitive dynamics during multi-party interactions and will introduce Group Communication Analysis (GCA), a methodology for quantifying and characterizing the discourse between learners in online interactions, and detecting emergent learner roles.

Dr. Nia Dowell is a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Information and Digital Innovation Greenhouse at the University of Michigan. She completed her PhD at the Institute for Intelligent Systems in the University of Memphis and her research focuses on using language and discourse to uncover the dynamics of socially significant, cognitive, and affective processes.

Lunch to be provided. Due to space limitations, please RSVP at After reaching capacity, we will notify and add registrants to a waiting list.

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