Friday, June 28
9:30 AM-10:30 AM

Learning Analytics: What is it and what is its role in education?

Keynote ID: 55197
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    Barbara Wasson
    University of Bergen

Abstract: Learning Analytics (LA) has emerged over the past 8 years as a promising field of research and domain of practice. With roots in AI in Education, Educational Data Mining (EDM), and Big Data, the field comprises research into the challenges of collecting, analyzing and reporting data with the specific intent to improve learning and the contexts in which it occurs. In this talk I will give an overview of the field and reflect on its role in education using examples from current projects.


Biography: Barbara Wasson, Director of the Centre for The Science of Learning and Technology (SLATE), University of Bergen, Norway is a full Professor in the Department of Information Science & Media Studies. She was one of the founders of Kaleidoscope, a European Network of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning, and is often used as and Expert evaluator by the European Commission. Wasson has been involved in research on technology enhanced learning since her Masters research starting in 1983. While a Ph.D student in Canada she was involved in the design of pedagogical agents for content planning in Intelligent Tutoring Systems. Before moving to Norway in 1991, Wasson was an advanced educational research specialist on Marlene Scardamalia and Carl Bereiter’s Computer Supported Intentional Learning Environment (CSILE) Project at the University of Toronto, Canada, the first funded research project in the area of networked learning in the classroom. Subsequent to moving to Norway, Wasson’s research has focused on collaborative learning in distributed settings (CSCL), mobile learning, interaction design, e-assessment, teacher inquiry, learning analytics, and pedagogical agents. Wasson is/has been PI for numerous national and international projects and has over 120 publications in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning.


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