Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning

Workshop - Introduction to Learning Analytics

With the increased adoption of technology, institutions have unprecedented opportunities to continuously improve the quality of their services through data collection and analysis. Schools and universities now have data about learners and their contexts that can provide valuable insight into how they learn. Early attempts were directed towards mining educational data to identify students-at-risk and develop interventions. Recently, more sophisticated approaches are being deployed by researchers and practitioners. These include analysis of learner behaviour that leads to various learning outcomes, social networks and teams, employability, creativity, and critical thinking. Analysing digital traces generated through learning processes requires a broad suite of methods from data science, statistics, psychometrics, social and learning sciences.

This workshop aims to introduce teachers and educators to the fast growing and promising field of learning analytics. How digital data can be used for the analysis and improvement of student learning will be explored. First, we will provide an overview of learning analytics, its key methods and approaches, as well as problems for which it can be used. Secondly, attendees will engage in group learning activities to explore ways in which learning analytics could be used within their institutions. The focus will be on identifying learning-related challenges that are relevant to their particular context and exploring how learning analytics can be used to practically and effectively.

Target audience: High school teachers and management

Delivery date and time: 22 October 2019 10 am – 12 pm

Venue: JS5-13, Jeffrey Smart Building, UniSA City West campus