On October 10th, 2014, I presented a talk to the faculty and students at Georgetown University entitled Observation Oriented Modeling: A Common Sense Alternative to Modern Data Analysis. I also delivered a workshop demonstrating the OOM software later that afternoon. It was a pleasure meeting the faculty and students in the department of psychology, as well as George Henriques and Mark Fox who drove in to hear the talk.
On September 19th, 2014, I presented a talk entitled Preparing Students for Research in the 21st Century with Observation Oriented Modeling. It was presented at the 8th annual conference of the Oklahoma Network for the Teaching of Psychology, Stillwater, OK.
July 27th, 2014. We have submitted two papers for review comparing OOM to repeated measures ANOVA and to logistic regression. If you are interested in examining these papers please send me an e-mail: james.grice[att]okstate.edu.
July 27th, 2014. While working on a paper comparing OOM to repeated measures ANOVA, my co-author (David Craig) fortunately found the work of Warren Thorngate, Ph.D. Dr. Thorngate created a method of data analysis he named Ordinal Pattern Analysis. You can read about it in JASSS, Advances in Psychology or in Valsiner’s book The Individual Subject and Scientific Psychology. The Ordinal Pattern Analysis in OOM accomplishes most of the goals in Dr. Thorngate’s technique, but using a visual tool for defining the expected ordinal patterns. Credit is certainly due to Dr. Thorngate regardless, as he first published the basic idea behind the analysis.
June 9th, 2014. Lisa Cota presented OOM at the 4th annual meeting of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) in Albuquerque, NM. Her Powerpoint slides are linked to the left. OOM appeared to be well received, particularly given the nonparametric nature of assessment data and the desire to focus on individual student outcomes. Interestingly, David Eubanks, an expert in assessment analysis, advocated for the same sorts of pattern-based, visual and nonparametric analyses found in OOM in his talk From Data to Understanding. Personally, I’m excited to see what new features I can add to the software to make it even more useful for assessment work.
March 25th, 2014. The Innovative Teaching paper, with data sets and videos, is now published in the newest journal offered by Ammons Scientific. The links to the paper, data sets, and videos are to the left!
March 16th, 2014. Lisa Cota, a graduate student at OSU, and myself presented OOM to faculty at OSU as part of assessment training. The video was shot and produced by the outstanding folks of ITLE at OSU. You can watch the video here. Sorry about the coughing! I think it was mild allergies or a cold.
March 10th, 2014. I’ve added a link to a recent paper by Dinges et al., 2013, published in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Congratulations to Chris, a graduate student at OSU, and his co-authors!
March 3rd, 2014. The OOM software is now being offered for free! You can download the latest version of the software using the link to the right. The software is still under copyright protection and should not therefore be altered or used for profit without written permission from Elsevier.