Author Christina Smart

Christina is currently the Cetis (Centre for Educational Technology, Interoperability and Standards) Editor a role which co-ordinates communications activities including publications and organising the Cetis conference. Before joining Cetis Christina an e-learning development officer at the University of Bangor, and before that was the manager of the CTI Biology Centre. Christina is supporting communications in the LACE project.

In this final (seven minute) interview from the LAK15 conference, George Siemens from the University of Texas at Arlington and Athabasca University addresses two questions: What barriers have the learning analytics community overcome in the last three to five years? How will learning analytics develop over the next five years? In the last five years there have been improvements on several fronts. Firstly, the field now has more cohesion with groups of individuals now recognising themselves as part of the field. Secondly, we have moved beyond basic low level questions around student retention to more complex questions Thirdly, there has…

In this interview from the LAK15 conference Abelardo Pardo from the University of Sydney considers some of the differences between Europe and Australia in how data is being used in institutions. Having recently moved to Sydney he thinks there is a much bigger focus in Australia on “using data to increase student capture”.  In terms of how the field has moved on in the last three years he thinks “people are now much more aware of how data can influence learning” so there is now longer a need to convince people. For the future he believes that institutions will be…

In this short interview Shane Dawson, from the University of South Australia, talks about how the field of learning analytics is developing especially in the area of privacy and ethics where new policies are being written and adopted. In the future he believes there will be more personalisation and implementation of LA at the whole institution level. Building a “solid evidence base” will be a key part of consolidating the field. This interview was recorded at the LAK15 conference by Tore Hoel, Hendrik Drachsler and Maren Scheffel and is available on the LACE YouTube channel. https://youtu.be/sQ2PorDclGM View this interview on…

In this interview recorded at the LAK15 conference, Scaling Up: Big Data to Big Impact, Dr Alyssa Wise from Simon Fraser University in Canada discusses the “silent storm” of learning analytics which she believes will make a big difference in universities, schools and workplaces in the near future. In this interview she describes the progress that has been made in the last five years on how we work with, analyse and visualise data. However there are still significant systematic challenges around getting access to data, she says. She also discusses how “all the visualisations in the world are meaningless if…

Paul Prinsloo is an Educational Researcher at the University of South Africa, the biggest distance learning institution on the African continent. In this interview (filmed at the LAK15 conference” he discusses how learning analytics has become more interdisciplinary over the last three years to include sociologists, educationalists and philosphers. He believes this move “enriches the discourse immensely”. For the future, Paul thinks that the need for evidence is going to continue to increase and that the community “needs to take a critical approach” to how we see data and the assumptions and expectations we have. “I would like to see…

In this interview recorded at the LAK15 conference Alan Berg, Learning Analytics Community Officer for the Apereo Foundation, and the Innovation Group at the University of Amsterdam discusses how learning analytics is evolving. Community events are helping to spread “understanding of what others are doing” he says. And the LACE project Privacy and Ethics workshops are starting to “impact on national and european policy” for learning analytics. For the future he predicts that learning analytics skills will become more ubiquitous and hopes that the conversation will become more about adaptive content and pedagogy and less about the tools and techniques.…

In the third interview from the LAK15 conference Sharon Slade from the Open University discusses the barriers that have been overcome for the learning analytics community and looks forward to the developments of the next five years. She hopes that learning analytics methodologies will become part of the normal business of educational organisations. The video is available on YouTube and embedded below. https://www.youtube.com/embed/RD-CqUhMFX0 This interview was recorded by Tore Hoel, Hendrik Drachsler and Maren Scheffel for the LACE project. All the LAK15 interviews are available on the project YouTube channel. A playlist is available of all the interviews. View Twitter…

During LAK15 Tore Hoel, Hendrik Drachsler and Maren Scheffel took the opportunity to interview a number of international experts in learning analytics. Over the next few weeks we will be publishing these interviews which revolved around two questions: What barriers have the learning analytics community overcome in the last 3-5 years? What is the future for learning analytics in the next five years? In this interview Professor Erik Duval from the Department of Computer Science at KU Leuven, Belgium the considers these questions. Reflecting on the past Erik discusses how the field of learning analytics has developed over the last…

To coincide with the LAK15 (Learning Analytics and Knowledge) conference Scaling Up: Big Data to Big Impact  LACE is publishing three papers in the Learning Analytics Review which will be presented in the practitioner track of the conference. The papers cover Learning Analytics projects at the Universities of GeorgeTown and Capella in the U.S. and The Open University in the UK and describe in detail how dashboards and learning analytics methodologies are being applied to address institutional problems. The first paper, OU Analyse: Analysing At-Risk Students at The Open University, explores how learning analytics can be used to identify “at…

It’s a busy week for the LACE team many of whom are in New York State attending LAK15. If you want to catch up with them or follow on Twitter (#laceproject)- the table below summarises who is doing what and when. The overview schedule gives session timings, Abstracts are available in the full PDF schedule. Time and date Event People 1 16-17 March. First Annual Open Learning Analytics Hackathon Adam Cooper 2 16 March. 08.30-12.30 [12.30-16.30 GMT] MU 3203: Ethics and Privacy in Learning Analytics (#EP4LA) Adam Cooper, Rebecca Ferguson, Hendrik Drachsler, Tore Hoel & Maren Scheffel 3 17 March.…

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