Educational Committee

Yianna

Who are you 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 do 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 do you think SoLAR as a 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 are you and what are you 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 do 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 do you think SoLAR as a 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 are you and what are you 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 do 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 do you think SoLAR as a 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.

Geraldine

Who are you and what are you working on?
Geraldine Gray is senior lecturer at Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) and course coordinator for their MSc in Applied Data Science and Analytics. She is currently leading an initiative to operationalise learning analytics at ITB in partnership with a national initiative in Ireland to promote Data Enabled Student Success. Geraldine has been with ITB since it opened in 1999, and has been involved in the development and delivery of a number of ICT related academic programmes at undergraduate and post graduate level.

Why do you want to be part of this group?
Discussions at our methodology workshops at LAK ’17 and ’18 highlighted a need within the community for resources to help researchers navigate the wide range of methods and methodologies that come under the umbrella of learning analytics.

What do you think SoLAR as a community can get out of it?
The learning analytics community encompasses substantive experts in a wide range of domains. This enviable diversity within one research community can be a challenge when untangling the toolbox of topics and techniques that come under the umbrella of learning analytics. Educational resources endorsed by SoLAR would be a great help with this.

Simon

Who are you and what are you working on?
Simon Buckingham Shum chairs this committee, and is Professor of Learning Informatics at the University of Technology Sydney, where he is Director of the Connected Intelligence Centre. His interests are in how software can make individual and collective thinking visible, in order to augment human intelligence.

Why do you want to be part of this group?
I want to help disseminate high quality learning resources that will build the capacity to design and deploy analytics in future-focused education.

What do you think SoLAR as a community can get out of it?
High quality resources are a key piece of the jigsaw in building the analytics literacy of current and future educators and researchers. The SoLAR Education Committee was formed in recognition of the growth in Learning Analytics education and training, and the opportunity for SoLAR to help shape this.

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