Professor of Educational Communication and Technology
Ricki Goldman is a digital video ethnographer, learning and media theorist, and inventor of tools for video analysis: at the MIT Media Lab—Learning Constellations™ (circa 1988); in the MERLin Lab at the University of British Columbia—Constellations™ (1993), Global Forest ™ (1995), and Web Constellations™ (1998); and, in NYU's CREATE Lab—Orion-beta™. Goldman investigates inner-city girls' social and emotional learning in the context of a games-for-learning curriculum. In Kwah & Goldman (2011) she and her doctoral student, Helen Kwah, report on embodied interactions of teacher/learner gestures in a robotics classroom.
Her first book, Points of Viewing Children’s Thinking: A Digital Ethnographer’s Journey (LEA, 1998) was accompanied by a pioneering digital video research website <http:www.pointsofviewing.com > with interactive video cases and tools for commentary. For over twenty-five years of conducting research in STEM classrooms, Ricki has developed a theory of mind and learning as well a framework for conducting research. The Points of Viewing Theory (POV-T) and the Perspectivity Framework, respectively, describe how we layer our diverse viewpoints to find patterns through complex data. Her research has been awarded with generous grants from government agencies including the Canadian's Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Canada Foundation Innovation (CFI), and the US National Science Foundation (NSF).
For inspiration and fun, Ricki hikes, dances, cycles, paints, and practices yoga.
- Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT Media Lab: Media Arts and Sciences
- M.A. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Education: Didactics & Language
- Diploma Langara Community College, Early Childhood Education
- B.A. University of British Columbia, English Literature
Grants and Awards
- 1995: National Academy of Education's Spencer Post-doctoral Fellowship
- 1998: First Prize in Canada’s National Centers of Excellence in Telelearning for Software: WebConstellations™
- 1998: ACM's Computer Graphics Quarterly: 25th Anniversary Best Cover Design Award
- 2003: Provost's Annual Master Teacher Award, NJIT
- Goldman, R., Pea, R., Barron, B., & Derry, S. (Eds.). (2009). Video research in the learning sciences. (Italian Trans.). Milano, Italy: Raffaello Cortina Editore. (Original work published 2007).
- Starr Hiltz, R. & Goldman, R. (May, 2004). "Learning together online: Research on Asynchronous Learning Networks." Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
- Goldman, R., Crosby, M., Swan, K. & Shea, P. (2004). Introducing Quisitive Research: Expanding qualitative methods for describing dearning in ALN. In Starr Hiltz, R. & Goldman, R. (Eds). Learning together online: Research on Asynchronous Learning Networks. Mahwah, New Jersey: LEA
- Starr Hiltz, R. & Goldman, R. (May, 2004). What are asynchronous learning networks? In Starr Hiltz, R. & Goldman, R. (Eds). Learning together online: Research on Asynchronous Learning Networks. Mahwah, New Jersey: LEA.
- Goldman, R. & Starr Hiltz, R. (May, 2004). Asynchronous learning networks: Looking back and looking forward. In Starr Hiltz, R. & Goldman, R. (Eds). Learning together online: Research on Asynchronous Learning Networks. Mahwah, New Jersey: LEA.
- Goldman-Segall, R. & Maxwell, J.W. (2002). Computers, the Internet, and new media for learning. In W. M. Reynolds & G. E. Miller (Eds.), Handbook of psychology. Volume 7: Educational psychology (pp 393-427). New York: John Wiley & Sons, pp. 393-428.
- Goldman-Segall, R. (1998). Gender and digital media in the context of a middle school science project. Meridian, An Online Journal on Middle School Education. Debut Edition 1(1), http://www.ncsu.edu/meridian.
- Goldman-Segall, R. (1996). Looking through layers: Reflecting upon digital ethnography. JCT: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Curriculum Studies 13(1), pp. 23-30.
- Goldman-Segall, R. (1996). Challenges facing researchers using multimedia tools. Computer Graphics Quarterly 28(1), pp. 48-52.
- Goldman-Segall, R. (1994). Whose story is it, anyway? An ethnographic answer. IEEE Multimedia 1(4), pp. 7-12.
- Goldman-Segall, R. (1995). Configurational validity: A proposal for analyzing multimedia ethnographic narratives. Journal for Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia 4(2), pp. 163-182.
- Jonesson, D, Goldman-Segall, R. & Maurer, H. (1996). DynamIcons as dynamic graphic interfaces: Interpreting the meaning of visual representation. Intelligent Tutoring Systems 12(1), pp. 35-48.
- Goldman-Segall, R. (1995). Deconstructing the Humpty Dumpty myth. In E. Barrett (Ed.), Contextual Media, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 27-52.
- Goldman-Segall, R. (1993). Interpreting video data. Journal for Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia 2(3), pp. 261-282.
- Goldman-Segall, R. & Reicken, T. (1993). The growth of a multimedia school culture: A multivoiced narrative. The Arachnet Electronic Journal on Virtual Culture. http://www.infomotions.com/serials/aejvc/aejvc-v01n7.html
- Goldman-Segall, R. (1992). Collaborative virtual communities: Using Learning Constellations, a multimedia ethnographic research tool. In E. Barrett (Ed.), Sociomedia: Multimedia, Hypermedia, and the Social Construction of Knowledge, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 257-296.
- Goldman-Segall, R. (1991). A multimedia research tool for ethnographic investigation. In I. Harel & S. Papert (Eds.), Constructionism, Norwood, New Jersey: Ablex Publishers, pp. 467-496.
- Goldman-Segall, R. (1991). Three children, three styles: A call for opening the curriculum. In I. Harel & S. Papert (Eds.), Constructionism, Norwood, New Jersey: Ablex Publishers, pp. 235-268.
- Goldman-Segall, R. & Reicken, T. (1989). Thick descriptions: A tool for designing ethnographic interactive videodisks. SIGCHI Bulletin 21(2), pp. 118-122.
- Interview by Ronnie Eldgridge CUNY-TV: Ronnie is joined by Ricki Goldman, a leading media and learning theorist. She is an educator, inventor, designer and video ethnographer at the NYU Steinhardt School. Her book, "Points of Viewing Children's Thinking: A Digital Ethnographer's Journey" (LEA, 1998) was accompanied by the first interactive website with online video cases and tools for commentary. Ronnie M. Eldridge, articulate, outspoken, and passionate member of the New York City Council from 1989 to 2001, hosts this series which covers the issues and institutions, the people and politics of New York City. Watch more at http://www.cuny.tv/show/eldridgeandco
- Interview by Liz Gooch in the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST : "Video Pioneer Finds Herself Ahead of Technology Curve"
- EDTC-GE.2175 Digital Video Ethnography: Interpreting Culture in Media and Game Environments
- EDTC-GE.2175 Cognitive Science: Socio-Cultural Theories of Learning
- EDTC-GE.3076 Advanced Doctoral Seminar in Research
- EDTC-GE.2017 Architecture for Learning Environments
- 1997-2000: Journal for Interactive Learning Research, Associate Editor
- 1998-2003: Journal of the Learning Sciences, Board Member