Wednesday August 19: Craig Thompson

Our LAVA meeting this week (Wednesday August 19, 3-4pm PT, on Zoom) will be lead by Craig Thompson from the UBC Learning Analytics Project.

At this session, Craig will present on the newly developed Student Time Zones tool:

Student Time Zones Tool Guide

From Craig: This is a new LTI tool, developed by Andrew Gardener and Justin Lee, to give instructors an early insight into students’ scheduling availability this fall. We’ll briefly walk through the tool, and then open the floor for comments, suggestions, and discussion.

If you would like to attend but are not part of the LAVA emailing list, please contact Alison Myers (alison.myers@sauder.ubc.a) for the Zoom information. You can also request that Alison add you to the LAVA mailing list, where we share information about upcoming LAVA sessions.

Wednesday August 5: Dr. Andrew Gibson

Our LAVA meeting next week (Wednesday August 5, 3-4:30pm PT, on Zoom) will be led by Dr. Andrew Gibson from Queensland University of Technology.

Presentation description (originally posted here):

Andrew Gibson from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) will outline recent research work that uses Reflective Writing Analytics (RWA) to help gain insights into pre-service teachers capacities with respect to assessment. The research involves capturing regular personal reflections from pre-service teachers over a period of time using web-based software called GoingOK. These reflections are analysed using natural language processing technologies, in a socio-technical pragmatic approach where socio-cultural interpretive research informs the development of the analysis, and iterations of analytics inform the emergence of the interpretation. Andrew will provide examples of the RWA and present a case for using similar approaches in other learning analytics research.

If you would like to attend but are not part of the LAVA emailing list, please contact Alison Myers (alison.myers@sauder.ubc.a) for the Zoom information. You can also request that Alison add you to the LAVA mailing list, where we share information about upcoming LAVA sessions.

Wednesday July 8: Firas Moosvi

Our LAVA meeting this week (Wednesday July 8, 3pm PT) was led by Firas Moosvi. Firas presented on Dash, its features, and how to get an app up and running.

Links below:

Slides

Github Repo

If you would like to attend future LAVA sessions but are not part of the emailing list, please contact Alison Myers (alison.myers@sauder.ubc.a) for the Zoom information. You can also request that Alison add you to the LAVA mailing list, where we share information about upcoming LAVA sessions.

Wednesday June 24: Gabriel Smith and Warren Code

Our LAVA meeting this week (Wednesday June 24, 3pm PT, on Zoom) will be led by Gabriel Smith and Warren Code from the Faculty of Science. They will be presenting “Difficulty and Gender Analysis of Course Grades: A Dashboard”

From Gabriel and Warren:

Inspired by the work of the SEISMIC group (https://sites.google.com/umich.edu/SEISMIC/working-groups/key-projects) on demographic effects in introductory STEM courses, we have developed a dashboard (in R Shiny) to explore course performance in introductory courses in the Faculty of Science relative to grade averages over other courses taken, both in general for a course to give a sense of the relative “difficulty” of a course, and also with respect to the gender of the students.  With data drawn from 1st and 2nd year Science courses across a sample of recent years, we will provide a live demonstration of our dashboard (with obfuscated course names) which has a “macro” level to show patterns in disciplines or types (lecture vs. lab) of courses and a “micro” level to drill down into one chosen course at a time.  We will discuss our choices in visualization and modelling in adapting the approach of the SEISMIC group, and offer a brief overview of trends we have observed so far.

If you would like to attend but are not part of the LAVA emailing list, please contact Alison Myers (alison.myers@sauder.ubc.a) for the Zoom information. You can also request that Alison add you to the LAVA mailing list, where we share information about upcoming LAVA sessions.

Wednesday June 10: Fabian Froehlich

Our LAVA meeting this week (Wednesday June 10, 3pm PT, on Zoom) will be led by Fabian Froehlich.

Fabian Froehlich joined the Faculty of Education as a graduate student in 2018. Specializing in Media & Technology Education Studies Fabian’s research focuses on inclusive instructional design through educational technology. He is a SOTL-specialist (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) at the Centre of Teaching and Learning Technology and worked for the Learning Analytics Team of UBC as a videographer.

From Fabian:

The presentation summarizes findings of my master-thesis: social network analysis as a progressive tool for learning analytics. In order to investigate the following research question: “Do students presented with social network analysis data on online course discussions adjust their engagement behavior?”. A quasi-experiment was conducted relying on an embedded mixed-method research design. Students (n=18) participated in three online discussions. Two online discussions allowed students to access social network analysis visualizations through Threadz, a Canvas plugin. The overall inquiry focuses on how this exposure of learning analytics data might influence the students. 

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If you would like to attend but are not part of the LAVA emailing list, please contact Alison Myers (alison.myers@sauder.ubc.a) for the Zoom information. You can also request that Alison add you to the LAVA mailing list, where we share information about upcoming LAVA sessions.

 

Wednesday May 27, 2020: Craig Thompson

Next week (Wednesday May 27th, 3pm), Craig Thompson from the Learning Analytics Team will be leading our LAVA session,  where he will share some recent work done to analyze course enrolment patterns.

We will be meeting in a Zoom meeting room. For more information and access to the Zoom meeting, please contact Alison Myers

From Craig:

The aim of the work was to uncover groupings of courses that students commonly took while pursuing an undergraduate Biology degree at UBC. This analysis will be used to inform curricular review, for example by highlighting unofficial specializations that students are choosing, which could become officially supported and recognized degree variants. This presentation will include an overview of relevant data mining theory and algorithms, as well as specific findings from applying these methods to course enrolment data at UBC.

Tuesday Mar 10, 2020: Stoo Sepp

This week’s LAVA session will be led by Stoo Sepp (Manager, Learning Design in the Faculty of Education’s Educational Technology Support team). The focus of the session will be on Interaction Treatments.  Stoo will be providing an overview and leading a discussion on how Learning Analytics and Learning Design theory can be advanced by this idea.

From Stoo:

First proposed in 1989, Interaction Treatments refer to the types of interactions that typically occur in technology-enabled learning environments. Applying this concept to the field of learning analytics, we can extend it to incorporate more contemporary theorizing around types of interactions, while refocusing on the ‘L’ in Learning Analytics. In this session, a brief overview of the concept of Interaction Treatments will be presented, along with types of learning analytics used to inform pedagogical action. Finally we’ll have a discussion about how these concepts relate to instructor intention and the design of learning experiences.

Tuesday Feb 25th, 2020: LA Hackathon Feedback

For this session, we are asking for feedback on the upcoming Learning Analytics Hackathon. We will walk through what the approach is this year and what has been developed so far. We will also ask for the group’s feedback! If you want to take a look at the github repo which will be the home-base for the hackathon, please do! The overall goal for the hackathon is for students with any level of programming experience to be able to participate and learn, so it will be useful for us to have some fresh eyes from people with various levels of experience as we make our final adjustments ahead of the hackathon.

More information about the hackathon can also be found on the registration page.

Tuesday Feb 11th, 2020: Emma Novotny

Emma Novotny is the Design Manager from UBC Faculty of Arts. In this session, she will be leading a visualization feedback session for the group!

If you have a visualization that you think could be improved, that you would like the eye of a graphic designer on, or would otherwise like feedback from Emma please submit it to LAVA before the end of day on Monday February 3rd . With the visualization, please include:

  1. The context – what project is this for?
  2. What is the goal of the visualization?
  3. Who is the audience?
  4. How will it be used?
  5. Any other detail you think is important for feedback

If you don’t have your own visualization to show but know of one that you would like to see improved send that! Emma will choose 1-3 of the visualizations and spend time on the 11th talking about her thoughts on how to improve the visualization/ what she might change/other feedback.