Teaching, Assessment and Learning Analytics: Time to Question Assumptions

This will be a non-technical talk accessible to a broad range of educational practitioners and researchers, designed to provoke a conversation that provides time to question assumptions. The field of Learning Analytics sits at the convergence of two fields: Learning(including learning technology, educational research and learning/assessment sciences) and Analytics(statistics, visualization, computer science, data science, AI). Many would add Human-Computer Interaction (e.g. participatory design, user experience, usability evaluation) as a differentiator from related fields such as Educational Data Mining, since the Learning Analytics community attracts many with a concern for the sociotechnical implications of designing and embedding analytics in educational organisations.

Learning Analytics is viewed by many educators with the same suspicion they usually reserve for AI or “learning management systems”. While in some cases this is justified, presenter Prof. Simon Buckingham Shum will question other assumptions with some learning analytics examples which can serve as objects for us to think with.

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Simon Buckingham Shum

Simon Buckingham Shum is Professor of Learning Informatics at the University of Technology Sydney, where he was appointed in August 2014 to direct the new Connected Intelligence Centre. Previously he was Professor of Learning Informatics and an Associate Director at The UK Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute. He is active in the field of Learning Analytics as a co-founder and former Vice President of the Society for Learning Analytics Research, and Program Co-Chair of LAK18, the International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference. Previously he co-founded the Compendium Institute and Learning Emergence networks. Simon brings a Human-Centred Informatics (HCI) approach to his work, with a background in Psychology (BSc, York), Ergonomics (MSc, London) and HCI Design Argumentation (PhD, York). He co-edited Visualising Argumentation (2003) followed by Knowledge Cartography (2008, 2nd Edn. 2014), and with Al Selvin, wrote Constructing Knowledge Art (2015). He was recently appointed as a Fellow of The RSA.