Month May 2016

Month May 2016

Symposium “The Future of Learning”

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The Future of Learning: Critical Perspectives on Higher Education in the Digital Age

This interdisciplinary symposium will address a range of topics of current interest across higher education and learning, including gamification, social networking, learning analytics and the future of online learning. Among the plenary speakers are Hayo Reinders, Stephen Bax and Jozef Colpaert. Prof. Colpaert’s presentation will be recorded and available after the event on this website.

Title: The future of content, data and learner analytics in an educational engineering perspective

Learning analytics can be discussed in terms of standards, object models, database structures and API’s, but this presentation will use a different, double, angle of attack: Big Data and educational engineering. Jozef Colpaert will first present his view on the difference between data, content and information. Big Data stands for data sets that are so large or complex that traditional data processing applications are inadequate. In education, we use the term for an overwhelming emergence of available data: (interactive) learning content, MOOCs, OERs, Open Data, authentic documents, Internet of Things, learner analytics, portfolio’s, research data etc. Which consequences will this data-driven world entail for the design of our learning and teaching environments?

Secondly, the question is which data should be logged, why and how. Many applications store more data than we can ever analyze. In an educational engineering approach, only these data are being stored which might be relevant for validating our hypotheses which underpin our designs.

Prof. dr. Jozef Colpaert teaches Instructional Design, Educational Technology and Computer Assisted Language Learning at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He is editor of Computer Assisted Language Learning (Taylor and Francis) and organizer of the International CALL Research Conferences. He is currently working on the empirical and theoretical validation of Educational Engineering, a novel instructional design and research method.

University of Central Lancashire – Preston, UK

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Recording VITAL webinar by Dragan Gasevic

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  • Professor Dragan Gasevic, Edinburgh University, 13 May 2016 at 2 PM UK/3 PM CET

“Challenges of Learning Analytics”

The analysis of data collected from user interactions with educational and information technology has attracted much attention as a promising approach for advancing our understanding of the learning process.  This promise motivated the emergence of the new field learning analytics and mobilized the education sector to embrace the use of data for decision-making. This talk will first introduce the field of learning analytics and touch on lessons learned from some well-known case studies. The talk will then identify critical challenges that require immediate attention in order for learning analytics to make a sustainable impact on learning, teaching, and decision making. The talk will conclude by discussing a set of milestones selected as critical for the maturation of the field of learning analytics. The most important take away from the talk will be that systemic approaches to the development and adoption of learning analytics are critical, multidisciplinary teams are necessary to unlock a full potential of learning analytics

Dragan Gasevic is a Professor and Chair in Learning Analytics and Informatics in the Moray House School of Education and the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He is the current president and a co-founder of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR). A computer scientist by training and skills, Dragan considers himself a learning scientist developing computational methods that can shape next-generation learning technologies and advance our understanding of self-regulated and social learning. Funded by granting agencies, foundations, and industry in Canada, Australia, Europe, and USA, Dragan is a recipient of several best paper awards at the major international conferences in learning and software technology. Committed to the development of international research community, Dragan had a pleasure to serve as a founding program co-chair of the International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge in 2011 and 2012 and the Learning Analytics Summer Institute in 2014 and 2014. Currently serving as a founding editor of the Journal of Learning Analytics and the general chair of International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK2016), Dragan is a (co-)author of numerous research papers and books and a frequent keynote speaker.

Watch the recording here.