This Week in Learning Analytics (September 20 – 26, 2014)

Latest News

24 September 2014
Unicon Announces Completion of Automation Tools for Marist College’s Learning Analytics Strategic Initiative
Unicon, Inc., a leading IT consulting, services, and support provider specializing in open source for the education technology market, today announced that it has teamed up with Marist College to develop two open source tools to automate Marist’s academic early alert system. These new tools allow Marist to build on their pioneering work under their Open Academic Analytics Initiative (OAAI). The initiative was supported by the EDUCAUSE NGLC program with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with the goal to create one of the first open source academic early alert systems. [Read more]

24 September 2014
Marist College identifies at risk students with Predictive Analytics, increases degree completion rates
Marist College, a liberal arts college located in Poughkeepsie, New York, has created a portable, open source, predictive analytics model utilizing big data to address the degree completion crisis trending in higher education across America. By utilizing Pentaho’s open-source Business Analytics Platform, Marist students, faculty and staff were able to engage in the research, development, and implementation of an early alert system, which is able to identify at-risk students. [Read more]

25 September 2014
New analytics could help measure content efficacy
New analytics tools from uClass aim to give users a better picture of what instructional materials their teachers are using—and whether these resources are effective. [Read more]

Latest Blogs

Featured Publications

Learning Analytics and Educational Data Mining: An Overview of Recent Techniques
Christina M. Steiner, Michael D. Kickmeier-Rust, Dietrich Albert

This paper summarizes the state-of-the-art on learning analytics and educational data mining, elaborating on key concepts, objectives, data and analytics methods used, visualisations, and key applications. An overview is given on how these techniques are applied to the genre of serious games. Existing challenges in this broad field of research are discussed and a novel, competence-centred approach to learning analytics is outlined that is being developed in the context of the LEA’s BOX project.

International Journal of Interactive Multimedia and Artificial Intelligence: Special Issue on Multisensor User Tracking and Analytics to Improve Education and other Application Fields

This special issue, Special Issue on Multisensor user tracking and analytics to improve education and other application fields, concentrates on the practical and experimental use of data mining and analytics techniques, specially focusing on the educational area. The selected papers deal with the most relevant issues in the field, such as the integration of data from different sources, the identification of data suitable for the problem analysis, and the validation of the analytics techniques as support in the decision making process. The application fields of the analytics techniques presented in this paper have a clear focus on the educational area (where Learning Analytics has emerged as a buzzword in the recent years) but not restricted to it. The result is a collection of use cases, experimental validations and analytics systems with a clear contribution to the state of the art.

Calls for Papers / Participation

NEW! First International Workshop on Educational Knowledge Management (EKM 2014) Linköping | 24 November 2014 (SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 30 September 2014)

5th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK) Conference Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY) | 16-20 March 2015 (SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 14 October 2014)

ALASI 2014: Australian Learning Analytics Summer Institute University of Technology Sydney (Sydney, AU) | 20-21 Nov 2014 (APPLICATION DEADLINE: 17 October 2014)

NEW! 2015 Southeast Educational Data Symposium (SEEDS) Emory University (Atlanta, GA) | 20 Feb 2015 (APPLICATION DEADLINE: 14 November 2014)

Upcoming Events

6 – 9 October 2014
Learning Analytics Week
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

10 – 16 October 2014
Seminar on Learning Analytics for Schools in Stockholm

15 October 2014
ALE Speaker Series: Charles Dziuban on Engaging Students in an Engaging Educational Environment

Emory University (Atlanta, GA)

20 October 2014
Data, Analytics and Learning: An introduction to the logic and methods of analysis of data to improve teaching and learning

University of Texas Arlington | EdX

24 October 2014

The Open University (Milton Keynes, UK)

26 – 27 November 2014
#design4learning: from blended learning to learning analytics in HE

The Open University (Milton Keynes, UK)

Employment Opportunities

NEW! NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education,and Human Developments Center for Research on Higher Education Outcomes (USA)
A 12-month postdoctoral position is available for a qualified and creative individual with interests in postsecondary assessment, learning analytics, data management, and institutional research.The Postdoctoral Fellow will be responsible for promoting the use of institutional data sources and data systems for the purpose of developing institutional assessment tools that can inform decision making and contribute to institutional improvement across New York University (NYU). DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: Open Until Filled

Taylor’s University (Malaysia)
The Learning Analytics Specialist is responsible for strategy development, data analysis, education evaluation and learning analytics. He/She will support the Taylor’s University learning analytics strategic priorities through the design, development and implementation of an innovative and sustainable learning analytics strategy and will engage with academic staff to encourage the use of analytics tools to support teaching and learning. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 3 October 2014

Boise State University (USA)
Drawing on both technical and analytical competencies, the Report Developer for Academic Analytics in the Office of Institutional Research will collaborate with the IR staff, data consumers, and colleagues in OIT/Business Intelligence and Reporting Services to determine requirements, design solutions, and model data. The Report Developer will perform user and data-driven research, review and verify data, and develop end-user reports. She/he will develop a broad body of data reports and conduct analytic work, with a particular focus on academic analytics, ensuring integrity, timeliness, and appropriate presentation. The Report Developer will be expected to develop collegial working relationships within the unit and across campus units; continually hone her/his technical, analytical, and problem solving skills; and participate in committees and other workgroups as assigned.. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 6 October 2014

NEW! Fanshawe College (Canada)
Under the direction of the Senior Manager, Learning Systems Services, the incumbent is responsible for the planning, implementation and support for the technical and functional aspects of the learning analytics infrastructure (built on the Desire2Learn Insights platform). The incumbent will consult with key stakeholders to determine, document and refine the type of learning analytics and reports required. Design, develop and create analytical reports, data visualizations, predictive models and dashboards based on gathered user requirements. Develop ad hoc and specialized reports as required and engage with academic staff to encourage the use of analytics tools to support teaching and learning. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 9 October 2014

Delft Extension School (The Netherlands)
We are looking for a researcher (PhD or Postdoc level), whose research focuses on the modeling
and analysis of learners and their learning processes in the context of MOOCs (Massive Open
Online Courses). DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 15 October 2014