Teaching & Learning seminar: Validity and interaction! Making the most of learning analytics

teaching and learning

Singapore Theatre, MSD Building The University of Melbourne


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Erin Turner


T: 03 8344 2591

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. After the early formation, the field has now entered the next phase of maturation with a growing community who has an evident impact on research, practice, policy, and decision-making.  However, learning analytics needs to address emerging challenges to maximize its impact in practice. This talk will explore two critical challenges: validity of data collection and analysis and stakeholder interaction with results of analytics. The talk will discuss promising directions for learning analytics to tackle the challenges by grounding its future work around three cornerstones – theory, design, and data science. The challenges and directions will be examined by building on the findings of several research studies and implementation cases from different parts of the world.


Bio: Dragan Gašević is Professor of Learning Analytics in the Faculty of Education and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University. Previously, he was a Professor and the Sir Tim O’Shea Chair in Learning Analytics and Informatics in the Moray House School of Education and the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh (2015-2018) and Professor and Canada Research Chair in Semantic and Learning Technologies in the School of Computing and Information Systems at Athabasca University. He served as the immediate past president (2015-2017) of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) and holds several honorary appointments in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, and USA. A computer scientist by training and skills, Dragan considers himself a learning analyst who develops computational methods that can shape next-generation learning technologies and advance our understanding of self-regulated and social learning. Funded by granting agencies and industry in Canada, Australia, Europe, and USA, Dragan is a recipient of several best paper awards at the major international conferences in learning and software technology. Dragan had the pleasure to serve as a founding program co-chair of the International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge (LAK) in 2011 and 2012 and the Learning Analytics Summer Institute in 2013 and 2014, general chair of LAK’16, and a founding editor of the Journal of Learning Analytics (2012-2017). Dragan is a (co-)author of numerous research papers and books and a frequent keynote speaker.

Seminar Format

The seminar will typically involve a 40-50 minute presentation with plenty of time for questions and discussion afterwards. This seminar series showcases evidence-based best practice in the areas of teaching, learning, and assessment in higher education. This seminar series showcases evidence-based best practice in the areas of teaching, learning, and assessment in higher education. Topics will range from general teaching methods that enhance critical thinking and transfer of learning, example curricula designed to improve student engagement, disciplinary specific activities for enhancing concept formation and change, and ways of measuring the impact of current and emerging teaching practices in higher education. The series provides opportunities for lecturers and researchers of the University, and from other Australian and international universities, to present exemplars of evidence-based best practice. The aim is to stimulate discussion and reflection around empirically derived methods of improving teaching and learning in higher education. Members of the University and public are welcome to attend.

Expression of Interest

If you are interested in giving a seminar, please contact Dr Rachel Searston at rachel.searston@unimelb.edu.au with your proposal