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LAK18: Simon Buckingham Shum — What is “Learning Analytics” and Why a Schools Day?

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Date: Monday 5 March, 2018
Time: 8.30am—3.15pm
Venue: SMC Conference & Function Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney NSW 2000

In association with the 8th International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge, Society for Learning Analytics Research

Briefing papers: https://latte-analytics.sydney.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/k12_papers-1.pdf

You are warmly invited to join this inaugural event!

The data and analytics revolutions are disrupting and already transforming many sectors in society: finance, health, shopping, politics. Data is not new to education, but for many, it is still challenging to articulate the connection between the potential of using data to support decision making, and the every day-to-day operations occurring in learning environments.

School leaders, teachers, data analysts, academics, policy makers and all other interested parties are invited to join a professional learning and development day focused on the practical applications of Learning Analytics in school (K-12) education.

Drawing on national and international expertise, speakers include innovative school leaders and teachers, school data analysts, university researchers, government and software companies. Whether you already know a bit about Learning Analytics, are brand new to it, or already use it in the classroom, there will be insightful sessions with pertinent applications for all levels of knowledge and understanding.

You will leave with a deeper understanding of:

The diverse forms that Learning Analytics can take, and especially how technology extends this far beyond conventional school data to create better feedback

How such data is being used by school leaders to support strategic reflection

How new kinds of data are being used by teachers to support their practice

The practicalities of initiating such work in your own school

This is the first event of its kind in Australia, and a new initiative for the international LAK conference, so you will make many professional connections as we forge this new network.

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LAK18: Simon Buckingham Shum — What is “Learning Analytics” and Why a Schools Day?

  1. 1. 1 A warm welcome to… Learning Analytics in Schools 8th International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge 5th March 2018, SMC Conference Centre, Sydney https://latte-analytics.sydney.edu.au/school #lak18schools
  2. 2. 2 Welcome & Initial Remarks Susi Steigler-Peters CEO ProLearning
  3. 3. 3 What is “Learning Analytics” and Why a Schools Day? Simon Buckingham Shum SoLAR Executive Member Director, Connected Intelligence Centre, University of Technology Sydney twitter @sbuckshum • blog + slides: Simon.BuckinghamShum.net
  4. 4. 4 NSW DEC • CESE Datahub (+ many comparable open data initiatives) https://data.cese.nsw.gov.au
  5. 5. 5 Your school’s data landscape? Ferguson, D. (2018). Mapping the Data Landscape in a Secondary School. Learning Analytics in Schools Workshop, Companion Proceedings, 8th International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge (LAK18), Sydney (5-9 March 2018) http://bit.ly/lak18-companion-proceedings
  6. 6. 6 Every educational product now comes with a “dashboard”…
  7. 7. So – now we all understand learning processes and outcomes much better – right? 7
  8. 8. 8 What is Learning Analytics? Learning Analytics
  9. 9. 9 What is Learning Analytics? Learning student engagement teaching practice curriculum design instructional design pedagogy assessment epistemology … Analytics data statistics classification machine learning text processing visualisation predictive models … this is not a straightforward dialogue!
  10. 10. 10 What is Learning Analytics? Human Factors stakeholder involvement participatory design cycles user interface design privacy and ethics end-user evaluation organisational strategy staff training
  11. 11. Obviously (?)… analytics are not neutral Du Gay, P. and Pryke, M. (2002) Cultural Economy: Cultural Analysis and Commercial Life. Sage, London. pp. 12-13 “accounting tools...do not simply aid the measurement of economic activity, they shape the reality they measure” 11
  12. 12. 12 What is Learning Analytics? Learning Analytics Human Factors …a distinctive mix not found in many other communities
  13. 13. 13 Why focus on Learning Analytics in Schools? Future of School Future of Work
  14. 14. 14 Why focus on Learning Analytics in Schools? Raise the level of analytics literacy among educators Promote quality dialogue between educators and analytics developers (both commercial + open source) Ensure that “the Data/AI revolution” creates an educational future that teachers and students want to live in K-12 sector under-represented in our programs
  15. 15. 15 Why focus on Learning Analytics in Schools? Future of School Future of Work http://www.dec.nsw.gov.au/about-us/key-people/mark-scott-s-update/learning-in-the-time-of-ai
  16. 16. 16 Why focus on Learning Analytics in Schools? Future of School Future of Work http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-09/urgent-need-to-rethink-schooling-to-fight-ai-era-joblessness/9131992
  17. 17. 17 Why focus on Learning Analytics in Schools? Future of School Future of Work School improvement needs to be measurable We need new measures for the new graduate qualities needed in the workforce – data science provides exciting possibilities Students need to engage fluently yet critically with analytics about themselves, AI and statistical algorithms We want the benefits that analytics are bringing to higher education to be sector-wide Vendors are pitching their analytics to schools now: are they equipped to engage?
  18. 18. 18 What’s the big deal? Data can tell us this… What % students downloaded the assignment 2 weeks before the deadline? Has Ann mastered the core concepts in photosynthesis? Which French verbs is John struggling with? Statistically, is someone with Jo’s grades likely to fail this subject? Which bits of the video are watched most? Did students who did the flipped activities very late still achieve good grades?
  19. 19. 19 This is the big deal Assessing competencies for future employability future innovation lifelong learning
  20. 20. Institute for the Future • Future Workskills Report • http://www.iftf.org/futureworkskills
  21. 21. Can we tell from your digital profile if you’re learning? To conclude: the key question for Learning Analytics:
  22. 22. Can we tell from your digital profile if you’re learning? Who? How? With what confidence? With what training? Sourcing which data, with what integrity? What kind of learning? (What kind of teaching?) Critical questions that might help our conversations…