SoLAR Webinars

We are pleased to announce the start of SoLAR Webinars , our new communication initiative! The webinars will be 30-45 min presentations (+time for QA) on some of the important topics in Learning Analytics field and a place for starting a conversation on how to advance the current state of research and practice in Learning Analytics.

New webinars will come every two months, so stay tuned!

Webinar 1: Professor
Simon Buckingham Shum: Learning Analytics as Educational Knowledge Infrastructure

Abstract: The emerging configuration of educational institutions, technologies, scientific practices, ethics policies and companies can be usefully framed as the emergence of a new “knowledge infrastructure” (Paul Edwards). The idea that we may be transitioning into significantly new ways of knowing – about learning and learners, teaching and teachers – is both exciting and daunting, because new knowledge infrastructures redefine roles and redistribute power, raising many important questions. What should we see when open the black box powering analytics? How do we empower all stakeholders to engage in the design process? Since digital infrastructure fades quickly into the background, how can researchers, educators and learners engage with it mindfully? This isn’t just interesting to ponder academically: your school or university will be buying products that are being designed now. Or perhaps educational institutions should take control, building and sharing their own open source tools? How are universities accelerating the transition from analytics innovation to infrastructure? Speaking from the perspective of leading an institutional innovation centre in learning analytics, I hope that our experiences designing code, competencies and culture for learning analytics sheds helpful light on these questions.

Recording of the webinar presentation is available below.

The slides are also available here


Biography: Simon Buckingham Shum is Professor of Learning Informatics at the University of Technology Sydney, which he joined in August 2014 as inaugural director of the Connected Intelligence Centre. Prior to this, he was Professor of Learning Informatics and Associate Director (Technology) at the UK Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute. He brings a background in Psychology, Ergonomics and Human-Computer Interaction, and a career-long fascination with making thinking visible using software. He co-founded the Compendium Institute to connect the international community using his team’s Compendium visual hypermedia tool, used widely for Dialogue, Issue and Argument Mapping in both education and business. He co-edited Visualizing Argumentation (2003, with Kirschner & Carr) followed by Knowledge Cartography (2008, with Okada & Sherborne), and Constructing Knowledge Art (2015, with Selvin). He has been active in shaping the field of Learning Analytics since the inaugural LAK 2011 conference, serving as a Program Chair (2012/2018), convening many workshops to build emerging sub-communities in the field (Discourse Analytics; Dispositional Analytics; Writing Analytics), and is a regularly invited keynote speaker. He co-founded the Society for Learning Analytics Research, serving as a Vice-President, and continuing as an elected member of the Executive.

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