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Student Educational Data Mining Developer

Apply now(opens in a new window) Job No: 496567
Division/Organization: School of Education
Job Type: UW Student Jobs
Remote Eligbility: All Remote
Location: Online
Salary/Wage Range or Lump Sum: 15/hr
Job Categories: Interpersonal Communication, Leadership, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Digital Technology, Teamwork/Collaboration, Professionalism/Work Ethic, Career Management, Honoring Context and Culture


Department Overview:

Field Day Lab is an educational game studio within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. Current research focuses on educational game data mining and design-based research. More information can be found here: 

Anticipated Start Date:


Anticipated End Date (If Applicable):


Remote Work Eligibility Detail:

Position is able to be 100% remote.

Anticipated Hours Per Week:

10-20 hours / week


To be determined by student and data team.

Salary/Wage Range/Lump Sum:


Number of Positions:



Please include a link to any GitHub or other data development you have done.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

RKaE 1: Effective written and oral communication skills

RKaE 2: Demonstrated ability to learn new software and hardware tools as needed

RKaE 3: Demonstrated proficiency in SQL, PHP, Python, .JS, and UNIX shell scripting.  

RKaE 4: Demonstrated experience with model development using standard tools and languages such as Rapid Miner, SciKit Learn and Tensor Flow.

Position Summary/Job Duties:

Goal A: 70% Software Development

  • Activity A1: Modify Field Day games to send logging data

  • Activity A2: Develop server-based parsers to search logs for features

  • Activity A3: Develop infrastructure to store, manage and distribute player data securely

  • Activity A3: Work directly with educational partners to develop and implement curricular materials and activities

  •  Activity A4: Participate in project status meetings, providing insights into learning contexts and emergent needs, and helping to determine timelines and workflows


Goal B: 20% Feature Engineering and Model Development

  • Activity B1: Design features that are extractable from game play events and provide insight into player thinking

  •  Activity B2:  Develop models that use features to cluster and predict player actions.

  • Activity B3: Evaluate the accuracy of models


Goal C: 10% Participation in Research Team Activities

  • Activity C1: Contribute to research team meetings

  • Activity C2: Assist in academic writing

  • Activity C3: Present research at workshops and conferences

Physical Demands:

Ability to work on computers for several hours per day.

Institutional Statements:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

UW-Madison is an Equal Employment, Equal Access Employer committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background-people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit:

Accommodation Statement:

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:


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