Innovations in Teaching and Learning
This series of seminars has a strong focus on teaching and learning research and evaluation including case studies and empirical investigations of innovation in practice. Topics cover a broad range of teaching and learning innovations often focusing on the use of technology in higher education, but not exclusively so. The seminars are presented by a range of academics from both within the University and from other Australian and international universities.
These seminars are open to any member of the University and public. They are designed to stimulate discussion and reflection around teaching and learning innovation in higher education. The seminar format includes plenty of time for questions and discussion.
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Learning with me Mate: Analytics of Social Networks in Higher Education
Presented by Professor Dragan Gasevic
Wednesday, 16 March, 2016
G01, Elisabeth Murdoch Building (Map)
Effects of social interactions are reported in research on higher education to lead to positive outcomes such as higher levels of internalization, sense of community, academic achievement, metacognition, and student retention. The role of social networks has especially been emphasized in research due to the availability of theoretical foundations and analytic methods to investigate their effects in higher education. The increased use of technologies in education allows for the collection of large and rich datasets about social networks which call for the use of novel analytics methods. This talk will first give a brief overview of the existing work on and lessons learned from some well-known studies on social networks in higher education in diverse situations from face-to-face to massive open online courses. The talk will then identify critical challenges that require immediate attention in order for the study of social networks to make a sustainable impact on learning and teaching. The most important take away from the talk will be that:
- Computational aspects of the study of social networks need to be integrated deeply with theory, research and practice
- Novel methods for the study of critical dimensions (discourse, structure and dynamics) that shape network formation and network effects are necessary
- Innovative instructional approaches are essential to address the changing conditions created by contemporary educational and technological contexts.
Presenter Bio: Dragan Gasevic is a Professor and Chair in Learning Analytics and Informatics in the Moray House School of Education and the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He is the current president and a co-founder of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) and holds several honorary adjunct appointments in Australia, Canada, and USA. A computer scientist by training and skills, Dragan considers himself a learning scientist developing 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. Committed to the development of international research community, Dragan had a pleasure to serve as a founding program co-chair of the International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge in 2011 and 2012 and the Learning Analytics Summer Institute in 2013 and 2014. Currently serving as a founding editor of the Journal of Learning Analytics and the general chair of International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK2016), Dragan is a (co-)author of numerous research papers and books and a frequent keynote speaker.
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