CRPP/OER Seminar: Nothing is more practical than a good theory: Making Learning Analytics more relevant for educators and for learning researchers

CRPP/OER Seminar: Nothing is more practical than a good theory: Making Learning Analytics more relevant for educators and for learning researchers

Date & Time

26 November 2015, 00:00




Office of Education Research (OER)



Events Details

In this presentation, I address two challenges that the field of Learning Analytics (LA) faces: How to make it more useful for school teachers, and how to make it more relevant for learning researchers. While LA is intended to be a mainly practical tool in the hand of educators (broadly conceived, including managers of education systems) to inform their decision making based on evidence about students’ learning and their learning experience, its application in school settings has so far been quite limited. I will identify what I see as being some of the key challenges that LA faces for use in schools, and introduce an approach to LA that has been developed together with teachers, rather than been provided to them as a ‘solution’. In the second part of the talk, I will make some suggestions for making LA more relevant for learning research, and thereby for making learning research more relevant for educators.

INVITED SPEAKER: PROFESSOR PETER REIMANN Professor of Education, Computer-Supported Learning and Cognition (CoCo) Research Centre

University of Sydney, Australia

Peter has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Freiburg, Germany. Since 2002, he has been holding a position as Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. Currently, he is splitting his time between Australia and Europe, where he is the Scientific Coordinator of Next-Tell, a large research project funded by the European Commission in the area of educational technology research. His primary research areas are cognitive learning research with a focus on educational computing, multimedia-based and knowledge-based learning environments, e-learning, and the development of evaluation and assessment methods. Peter has helped to organize various conferences over the years, recently the International Conference of the Learning Sciences, and is on the editorial board of numerous journals, among them the Journal of the Learning Sciences and Educational Psychologist.


Session Chair: Dr. Jennifer Pei-Ling Tan

Jen is Assistant Dean (Knowledge Mobilisation), Research Scientist and Co-Convenor of the 21CC Research Task Force at the Office of Education Research, NIE. She specializes in the design, implementation and evaluation of technology-enhanced learning innovations aimed at fostering 21C literacies skills and dispositions in learners, particularly collaborative creativity and criticality. Dr. Tan leads a number of research projects that sees her working closely with local and international researchers, practitioners and policymakers to enhance schooling experiences and outcomes for young people.

A knowledge-sharing event hosted by the Creativity & 21CC and ICT Integration Research Task Forces.

This seminar is free to attend. Please register for the event here.

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