Educational Committee

Yianna

Who you are and what you are working on?
Yianna Vovides is faculty at Georgetown University and teaches in the Master of Arts in Learning & Design program. She also serves as the Curriculum Director for the program and is a senior director at the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS). She and her team conduct design-based research and are particularly interested in learning analytics in relation to the hidden curriculum.

Why you want to be part of this group?
This is a group that I believe will enable SoLAR to explore and drive research efforts on how we conceptualize and teach learning analytics in higher education.

What you think SoLAR as community can get out of it?
There is an opportunity here to begin and build on the conversation about design and teaching practices in relation to educating future learning analytics researchers and practitioners. This focus enables the SoLAR community to collaborate on teaching and learning projects.

Ioana

Who you are and what you are working on?
Ioana Jivet is a researcher at the Welten Institute (Research Center for Learning, Teaching and Technology) of the Open University of the Netherlands. With a background in Computer Science, the topic of her PhD research is centred around student-facing learning analytics that foster the development of self-regulated learning skills.

Why you want to be part of this group?
Supporting the translation of learning analytics as a research field into educational programs is the best way to bring research closer to practice.

What you think SoLAR as community can get out of it?
By fostering a closer connection between research and practice, the SoLAR community encourages the communication between the two sides and could recognise how relevant current research topics are to day-to-day practice.

Dan

Who you are and what you are working on?
Dan Davis is a PhD candidate at TU Delft in the Netherlands. His focus is on exploring how the design of online learning environments affects learner success and engagement.

Why you want to be part of this group?
The landscape of learning analytics courses and curricula is quickly growing, and it’s imperative that we as a community maintain high quality standards to produce future generations of successful students and early-career researchers who are well-versed in the many facets of learning analytics.

What you think SoLAR as community can get out of it?
The learning analytics community (and the research it produces) is so powerful in large part due to its interdisciplinarity. Researchers are converging on learning analytics challenges from a wide range of perspectives, and this group can help the process of creating a common language/understanding for considering the contributions of unfamiliar methodologies or approaches.

Hendrik

Who you are and what you are working on?
Hendrik Drachsler has a chair on LA and is affiliated with the University of Frankfurt, the Institute of Educational Research in Germany, and the Open University of the Netherlands. He and his team mainly works on ‘Trusted Learning Analytics’ that aims to provide transparent and meaningful LA for its stakeholders.

Why you want to be part of this group?
The SoLAR Education committee provides an unique opportunity to review various flavors of learning analytics and try to distill from those proposals joined and shared best practice for teaching and learning for learning analytics.

What you think SoLAR as community can get out of it?
The SoLAR organization can learn how cutting edge research that is presented at the LAK conference every year, is translated into teaching and learning practices around the globe. This will enable the SoLAR to get a better idea which stakeholders needs are addressed by teaching activities.

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