Faculty

Ricki Goldman

Professor of Educational Communication & Technology

Ricki Goldman


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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.


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

Degrees Held

  • 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

Selected Presentations

  • 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"


Courses

  • 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

Books & Manuscripts

  • Hiltz, S. R., & Goldman, R. (Eds.). (2005). Learning together online: Research on asynchronous learning networks. New York: Routledge.
  • Goldman-Segall, R. (1990). Learning Constellations: A multimedia ethnographic research environment using video technology to explore children’s thinking. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. MIT, Cambridge. http://mf.media.mit.edu/pubs/thesis/goldmanPHD.pdf
  • Goldman, R. (1983). Ivan Illich: A comparative analysis. Unpublished MA thesis, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel. 

Software

  • Goldman, R. (2007–Present). Orion beta 2.0 [Online ethnographic research tool for digital video and text data analysis]. Assistant interface designer: Sinan Ascioglu. Software under development phase.
  • Goldman, R. (1999–2000). Orion 1.0 [Online ethnographic research tool for digital video and text analysis]. Programmer: Avi Bryant.
  • Goldman, R. (1998). WebConstellations™ 2.0 [Online Ethnographic research tool for digital video and text analysis]. Developed in Multimedia Ethnographic Research Lab (MERLin Lab), UBC.
  • Goldman-Segall, R. (1998). The book, Points of Viewing Children’s Thinking, Web site http://pointsofviewing.com with interactive video case studies from book. Developed in Multimedia Ethnographic Research Lab, University of British Columbia.
  • Goldman-Segall, R. (1995). The Global Forest: Conflict or challenge? [CD-ROM with educational software and interactive video]. Developed in Multimedia Ethnographic Research Lab, UBC. Development sponsored by an Oracle™ Corp Challenge Education Award.
  • Goldman-Segall, R. (1992). Constellations [Multimedia software for digital video and text ethnographic analysis]. Developed in Multimedia Ethnographic Research Lab, UBC.
  • Goldman-Segall, R. (1987). Learning Constellations [Multimedia software for digital video and text ethnographic analysis]. Developed at MIT Media Lab. Programmer: David Greschler; Assistant editor: Vivian Orni Mester.

Handbook of Psychology

  • Goldman, R., Black, J., Maxwell, J.W., Plass, J. L., & Keitges, M.J.  (2012). Engaged Learning with Digital Media: The Points of Viewing Theory. In W.M. Reynolds & G. E. Miller (Eds.), Handbook of psychology. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
  • 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.

Selected Articles

  • Kwah, H., Milne, C., Goldman, R. & Plass, J. (in press, 2013). Emotional engagement and the design of a math videogame design afterschool program. Cultural Studies of Science Education.
  • Imhnolz, S. & Goldman, R. (Spring, 2013). E-Learning pedagogy: Addressing struggling learners in regular K-12 classrooms as an intransigent design problem. In Theme: Theme: Teaching and Learning in the Digital World: Possibilities and Challenges. LEARNing Landscapes 6(2).

    • Goldman, R., Derry, S. & Kahn, C. (in press). Frontiers of digital video research in the Learning Sciences. In K. Sawyer (Ed.), Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences, 2nd Edition. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.
    • Goldman, R., & Dong, C. (2009). Linking the POV-ing theory to multimedia representations of teaching, learning, and research in the age of social networking. In L. Moller (Ed). Visions of the future: Learning and instructional technologies for the 21st century.
    •  Goldman, R. (2007). Video representations and the perspectivity framework: Epistemology, ethnography, evaluation, and ethics. In Goldman, R., Pea, R., Barron, B., & Derry, S. (Eds.), Video research in the Learning Sciences (pp. 3-38). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
    • Goldman, R. (2007). Orion™, an online digital video analysis tool: Changing our perspectives as an interpretive community. In Goldman, R., Pea, R., Barron, B., & Derry, S. (Eds), Video research in the Learning Sciences (pp. 507–520). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
    • Goldman, R., Crosby, M., Swan, K., & Shea, P. (2005). Quantitative and quisitive research methods for describing online learning. In Hiltz, S. R. & Goldman, R. (Eds.), Learning together online: Research on asynchronous learning networks (pp. 103–120). Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
    • Goldman, R. & Hiltz, S. R. (2005). Asynchronous learning networks: Looking back and looking forward. In Starr Hiltz, R. & Goldman, R. (Eds.), Learning together online: Research on asynchronous learning networks (pp. 261–280). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
    • Hiltz, S. R. & Goldman, R. (2005). What are asynchronous learning networks? In Hiltz, S. R. & Goldman, R. (Eds.), Learning together online: Research on asynchronous learning networks (pp. 3–19). Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
    • Jacobsen, M., & Goldman, R. (2001). A hand-made’s  tail: A novel approach to educational technology.  In B. Barrell (Ed.), Technology, teaching and learning: Issues in the integration of technology (pp. 83–113). Calgary, Alberta, Canada: Detselig.
    • Goldman-Segall, R. (1995). Deconstructing the Humpty Dumpty myth. In E. Barrett (Ed.), Contextual Media (pp. 27–52). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
    • 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 (pp. 257–296). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
    • Goldman-Segall, R. (1991). A multimedia research tool for ethnographic investigation. In I. Harel & S. Papert (Eds.), Constructionism (pp. 467–496). Norwood, NJ: Ablex Publishers.
    • Goldman-Segall, R. (1991). Three children, three styles: A call for opening the curriculum. In I. Harel & S. Papert (Eds.), Constructionism (pp. 235–268). Norwood, NJ: Ablex Publishers.
    • Goldman-Segall, R. (1990). Learning Constellations: A multimedia research environment for exploring children’s theory-making. In I. Harel (Ed.), Constructionist Learning (pp. 295­–318). Cambridge, MA: MIT Media Lab.