Author Rebecca Ferguson

Rebecca is a lecturer at The Open University in the UK, focused on educational futures, learning analytics, MOOCs, augmented learning and online social learning. She is a member of the steering committee of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) and was Workshops Chair of the second Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference (LAK 2012). She co-chaired the 1st and 2nd International Workshops on Discourse-Centric Learning Analytics, held in Belgium and the US, as well as the first UK SoLAR Flare (a national learning analytics event). Her most recent publication is the book ‘Augmented Education’, published by Palgrave in May 2014. Rebecca is working on the LACE work package relating to learning analytics in higher education.

European funding for the LACE project has now come to an end. We are beginning to move from fully funded project to special interest group. This means it is a good time to consider the next steps for learning analytics. In the last year, LACE has worked with the LAEP project (Learning Analytics for European Educational Policy). Our findings suggest that those of us working with analytics need to focus on certain key areas. Strategy: We should align our work with strategic objectives and priority areas for education and training. We also need to develop a framework for learning analytics.…

Each month, we highlight one of the new additions to the LACE Evidence Hub, which brings together evidence about learning analytics. You are welcome to add to the Hub site, which you can visit via the ‘Outcomes’ tab at the top of this page. The evidence of the month for April 2016 {posted here slightly late because the LACE team were busy at LAK16) is a report from Jisc, ‘Learning Analytics in Higher Education: A Review of UK and International Practice’. This report documents the emerging uses of learning analytics in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom. Through…

Each month, we highlight one of the new additions to the LACE Evidence Hub, which brings together evidence about learning analytics. You are welcome to add to the Hub site, which you can visit via a tab at the top of this page. The evidence of the month for February 2016 is a pre-print of a paper by Rodríguez-Triana, Martínez-Monés, and Villagrá-Sobrino, which will appear this spring in a special issue of the Journal of Learning Analytics that will focus on issues of ethics and privacy. The field of learning analytics is working to define frameworks that can structure the…

Each month, we highlight one of the new additions to the LACE Evidence Hub, which brings together evidence about learning analytics. You are welcome to add to the Hub site, which you can visit via a tab at the top of this page. The Evidence of the Month for November 2015 is concerned with the roll out of analytics at scale. Brockenhurst College implemented learning analytics in September 2015, with the aim of improving student recruitment and retention by 15% over the next five years. The predictive analytics used by the further education college (catering mainly for students aged 16…

Join the LACE team online as we replay our very successful SoLAR Flare networking event on Friday 23 October from 10am to 1pm (BST). Network problems meant people were unable to join the event on the day via the livestream. Instead, join us on Friday to watch the recordings and share opinions via the #LACEflare hashtag. We shall be starting at 10am (BST), watching this link, with an introduction by Patrick McAndrew, who talks about measuring what matters because what we measure changes what we do. After this introduction, the recording includes brief introductions from all participants, giving an insight…

Each month, we highlight one of the new additions to the LACE Evidence Hub, which brings together evidence about learning analytics. You are welcome to add to the Hub site, which you can visit via a tab at the top of this page. The Evidence of the Month for October 2015 is concerned with the development of learning analytics at a national scale. It focuses on Uruguay, the first country in the world to meet the target of one laptop per child. The programme that achieved this, Plan Ceibal, covers all public schools in Uruguay, where around 700,000 students and…

Each month, we highlight one of the new additions to the LACE Evidence Hub, which brings together evidence about learning analytics. You are welcome to add to the Hub site, which you can visit via a tab at the top of this page. Evidence of the Month for September 2015 is two videos of Tim Renick talking to the US Senate about the successful large-scale application of predictive analytics at Georgia State University. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu9ii38TcFI The university aims to ensure – using reliable data – that students are doing what they need to do within the context of their ability and…

Each month, we highlight one of the new additions to the LACE Evidence Hub, which brings together evidence about learning analytics. You are welcome to add to the Hub site, which you can visit via a tab at the top of this page. The Evidence of the Month for August 2015 is a meta-analysis of studies relating to ‘Intelligent tutoring systems and learning outcomes’. The authors examined 107 studies and found: Intelligent tutoring systems were associated with greater achievement when compared to teacher-led group instruction, other sorts of computer instruction and textbooks. There was no significant difference in outcomes between…

Each month, we highlight one of the new additions to the LACE Evidence Hub, which brings together evidence about learning analytics. You are welcome to add to the Hub site, which you can visit via a tab at the top of this page. The Evidence of the Month for July 2015 is a paper dealing with the ‘Stability and sensitivity of learning-analytics-based prediction models’. In May, it won Best Paper award at the 7th International conference on Computer Supported Education. This paper reports on a study that investigated whether prediction models remain the same when the instructional context is repeated…

Each month, we highlight one of the new additions to the LACE Evidence Hub, which brings together evidence about learning analytics. Everyone is welcome to add  to the Hub site, which you can visit via one of the tabs at the top of this page. The Evidence of the Month for June 2015 is a literature review that is intended to provide a comprehensive background for understanding current knowledge related to learning analytics and educational data mining and its impact on adaptive learning. Its authors examined the literature on experimental case studies conducted in the domain between 2008 and 2013.…

1 2