Following footprints: Analysing students' digital interactions

Presented by Professor Gregor Kennedy

Students' digital interactions – their clicks, the sequence of their actions and the time spent on tasks – are helping researchers understand student learning. When students interact with digital learning environments they leave digital footprints that can be logged, stored and analysed.

Professor Kennedy will detail University of Melbourne research that demonstrates how logging students' learning behaviours shows that students routinely fail to follow teachers' pedagogical intent. Logging students has also revealed how different curriculum designs constrain or liberate students' learning, and how students' study strategies significantly impact on their learning outcomes.

Professor Kennedy will conclude by detailing current research that shows how the application of "real-time analytics" can improve students' learning through the provision of timely feedback.

Professor Gregor Kennedy

Gregor Kennedy is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Educational Innovation) at the University of Melbourne and a Professor in the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education.

As Pro Vice-Chancellor, Gregor leads the University's strategy in curriculum innovation, technology-enhanced teaching, learning and assessment, MOOCs, learning analytics, and the use of physical and virtual teaching and learning space.

Professor Kennedy has spent over 15 years conducting and overseeing research and development in educational technology in higher education. His research interests include students' motivation and self-regulation; interaction and engagement in digital learning environments and the use of 3D immersive simulation for learning.  He is published widely in these areas, is the past editor the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology and serves on a number of editorial boards.