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‘Developing insights into learning – What can learning analytics offer?’

6 May 2016


Magill Campus

Watch Inaugural Lecture by Professor Shane Dawson

The high growth in adoption of education technologies such as learning management systems (LMS) across the education sector has resulted in alternate and more accessible data on learning and teaching practice. As with most online systems, student interactions via the LMS are routinely captured and stored. These digital footprints can be ‘mined’ and analysed to reveal insights into the student learning process. As teachers and students engage more with digital resources and tools we are seeing a parallel rise in research associated with learning analytics, data mining, and learning sciences more broadly. Learning analytics in particular has had strong resonance across the education sector. This presentation will introduce the field of learning analytics and discuss a set of case studies to illustrate the diversity of research ranging from the provision of early alert systems towards more flexible and personalized learning opportunities.

Shane Dawson

Professor Shane Dawson is the Director of the Teaching Innovation Unit and Professor of Learning Analytics at the University of South Australia. Shane's research focuses on the use of social network analysis and learner ICT interaction data to inform and benchmark teaching and learning quality. Shane is a founding executive member of the Society for Learning Analytics Research and past program and conference chair of the International Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference. He is a co-developer of numerous open source software including the Online Video Annotations for Learning (OVAL) and SNAPP a social network visualization tool designed for teaching staff to better understand, identify and evaluate student learning, engagement, academic performance and creative capacity.



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