The presentation will be the introduction of learning analytics, setting it in the context of big data and the increasing role of technology in learning, emphasising the role of analytics for supporting learning. Some examples will be given, and the points will be highlighted where we have the best evidence for learning analytics being helpful. The presentation will end with some suggestions – some practical, some conceptual – for how researchers and practitioners could move forward.
Dr. Bart Carlo Rienties is Reader in Learning Analytics at the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University UK. He is programme director Learning Analytics within IET and Chair of Student Experience Project Intervention and Evaluation group, which focusses on evidence-based research on intervention of 15 modules to enhance student experience. As educational psychologist, he conducts multi-disciplinary research on work-based and collaborative learning environments and focuses on the role of social interaction in learning, which is published in leading academic journals and books. His primary research interests are focussed on Learning Analytics, Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, and the role of motivation in learning. Furthermore, Bart is interested in broader internationalisation aspects of higher education. He successfully led a range of institutional/national/European projects and received several awards for his educational innovation projects.
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