The Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISoTL) is excited to host Professor Dragan Gasevic, Chair in Learning Analytics and Informatics from University of Edinburgh, to talk about State and Directions of Learning Analytics Adoption.  The analysis of data collected from user interactions with educational and information technology has attracted much attention as a promising approach for advancing our understanding of the learning process.  This promise motivated the emergence of the new field of learning analytics and mobilized the education sector to embrace the use of data for decision-making. This talk will first introduce the field of learning analytics and touch on lessons learned from well-known case studies. The talk will then identify critical challenges that require immediate attention in order for learning analytics to make a sustainable impact on learning, teaching, and decision making. The talk will conclude by discussing a set of milestones selected as critical for the maturation of the field of learning analytics.

The most important take away from the talk will be that:

  • systemic approaches to the development and adoption of learning analytics are critical,
  • multidisciplinary teams are necessary to unlock a full potential of learning analytics, and
  • capacity development at institutional levels through the inclusion of diverse stakeholders is essential for full learning analytics adoption.

 


Event Details

Date: March 21, 2017

Time: 3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Where: Irving K Barber Learning Centre, Seminar (Room 2.22 A/B)

Registration Required: At this time we require everyone – UBC affiliated or otherwise – to register for the CTLT events system. If you already have a CWL please sign in. However, if you do not have a campus-wide login, then please register for a BASIC cwl account (you will see basic as the bottom option on the 3rd screen).


Speaker Biography

Dragan Gasevic is a Professor and the Chair in Learning Analytics and Informatics in the Moray House School of Education and the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. As the President (2015-2017) and a co-founder of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR), he has had the pleasure to serve as a founding program co-chair of the International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge (LAK) in 2011 and 2012, general chair of LAK in 16, founding program co-chair of the Learning Analytics Summer Institute (LASI) in 2013 and 2014, and a founding editor of the Journal of Learning Analytics. Computer scientist by formal education, Dragan considers himself a learning analyst whose research centers on learning analytics, self-regulated and social learning, higher education policy, and data mining. The award-winning work of his team on the LOCO-Analytics software is considered one of the pioneering contributions in the growing area of learning analytics. Recently, he has founded ProSolo Technologies Inc. that developed a software solution for tracking, evaluating, and recognizing competencies gained through self-directed learning and social interactions. He is a frequent keynote speaker and a (co-)author of numerous research papers and books.

The UBC Library, in collaboration with UBC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) and the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FOGS), will be offering some new services in the Koerner Library Research Commons.

One service will include an Interdisciplinary Research Exchange (a service designed to connect graduate students across campus and facilitate discussion of shared research interests).

Another service will be the Thesis/Citation Formatting Support service.  This service will provide workshops and specialized assistance to students who need assistance with Master’s and PhD theses formatting.

These two new services were provided through the UBC Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) grant for 2012/13. Look for these services at the Koerner Library Research Commons Help Desk on level 2 beginning in September 2012.

To learn more about this initiative, please contact Trish Rosseel, Interim Head, Humanities & Social Sciences Division, at trish.rosseel(at)ubc.ca

To arrange an appointment, send an email to research-commons@interchange.ubc.ca.

Did You Know?

The Library also provides various undergraduate and graduate workshops which extend from Humanities & Social Sciences to the Applied Sciences and much more throughout the year. To find out which upcoming workshops would be most helpful to you and your research, visit the Library’s instructional event site at: http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/. You will also find cIRcle event workshops on how to get your research published or disseminated in an open access repository.

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The BC Research Libraries Group (BCRLG)

The BCRLG is a ‘partnership with SFU, UVic, UBC and UNBC to program a Speaker Series that supports scholarship, fosters learning and brings awareness to our respective communities on emerging issues in the information landscape‘. The next BC Research Libraries Group Lecture Series’ event will be happening on Wednesday, June 27th in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia. The BCRLG is proud to present the following two speakers:

Caroline Haythornthwaite, Director, School of Library, Archival & Information Studies at the University of British Columbia

AND

Louise SpiteriDirector of the School of Information Management, Dalhousie University

“Libraries and library roles are undergoing rapid transformation in the 21stcentury. In the face of such enormous change, some libraries are choosing non-library trained professionals to fill key new roles. Others are looking to non-library professional programs to help train library professionals in new roles. While others are demanding library education change immediately to meet the demands for new skill sets required for new library positions. Two innovative esteemed Canadian Library School Directors will speak to the many challenges facing library and information professional programs in preparing library and information professionals for 21st century roles.”

To register for this free event and learn more about the speakers, be sure to visit the BCRLG website at: http://blogs.ubc.ca/bcrlglectures/2012/06/11/breathing-new-life-into-the-profession-lis-education-in-the-21st-century/.

Did you know?

The School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS) has a cIRcle community at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/588 with these three collections: SLAIS FacultySLAIS Research Days, and SLAIS Students. The top item in the SLAIS cIRcle community is entitled, “What is user engagement? A conceptual framework for defining user engagement with technology”. It has been viewed from countries such as Australia, Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, and others. Take a moment to view it in cIRcle at: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/24466 today.

Above image and partial excerpt in italics are courtesy of the BCRLG blog site at: http://blogs.ubc.ca/bcrlglectures/.

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