The 2014 – 2015 Learning Analytics Speaker Series at Emory University hosted by the Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods aims to stimulate conversations about the use of educational data to promote student success, however that may be conceived.
Charles Dziuban (October 2014)
In October 2014 , Charles Dziuban (Director of the Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness, University of Central Florida) delivered a compelling lecture on the learning analytics through an effective teaching and learning perspective. He compared student success rates in varying course modalities, and showed the characteristics of excellent instructors from the student point of view using concepts such as the Anna Karenina Phenomenon. Chuck’s talk is well summarized in a story by Leslie King for the Emory Report: Statistician Explores how Faculty can Excel in Blended Learning Environments
Alyssa Wise (November 2014)
In November 2014, Alyssa Wise (Associate Professor of Educational Technology & Learning Design, Simon Fraser University) discussed the need to consider how educational data might be embedded within learning environments themselves, as an integral part of the teaching and learning process. She presented a framework for linking pedagogical intent and student activity through data-based reflection, and used work from the E-Listening Project at Simon Fraser University as an initial example of how this framework might me implemented.
Upcoming Talks (in 2015)
In Spring 2015, the speaker series will continue with lectures from Ryan Baker, John Whitmer, and Dragan Gašević. As with lectures in the series from Fall 2014, these will be professionally recorded, produced, and made publicly available via the Emory University YouTube Channel. For more information about the Learning Analytics Speaker Series, and about learning analytics at Emory University more generally, please visit Analytics for Learning at Emory (ALE).