Learning Analytics in Schools


Date: Monday 5 March, 2018
Time: 8.30am3.15pm
Venue: SMC Conference & Function Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney NSW 2000

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

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.

Full details on the program, speakers and registration to follow, and stay tuned to https://latte-analytics.sydney.edu.au/school/ for updates.

Program (Ionic Room)

8:30 Refreshments and networking
8:55 Welcome and Initial Remarks
Susi Steigler-Peters (CEO of RADII, Research Australia Development & Innovation Institute)
Ignite Talks
Data for School Leaders
What is “Learning Analytics” and why a Schools Day?
Simon Buckingham Shum (University of Technology Sydney)
Learning Analytics: For Insight into a School Environment

Gary Molloy (St Aloysius College, Sydney)
Architecting Whole School Data for Whole Pupil Development

Ruth Deakin Crick (University of Technology Sydney)
10:00 Refreshments
Ignite Talks
Data for Teachers and Students
Tracking and Visualising Student Effort: A Practical Analytics Tool for Student Engagement
Robin Nagy (Educational Consultant, Sydney, Australia)
Teachers Co-designing Innovations and Sharing Data to Improve Outcomes.

Jojo Manai (Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, USA
edQuire: Providing teachers with insights into students’ ICT competencies.
Michael Cejnar (edQuire, Australia)
Formative learning analytics to foster 21st century competencies in Singapore secondary schools.
Jennifer Tan & Elizabeth Koh (National Institute of Education, Singapore)
Roundtable discussions
The speakers and additional invited practitioners will be available for Q&A about their work. Delegates are invited to browse the briefings circulated in advance, and are free to move between groups in ‘unconference’ mode. The discussions will be divided into two topics:

  • Data for School Strategy and Leadership Decisions. The use of data for school leaders to improve processes, gain insights to inform strategic decisions, etc.
  • Data to Improve Teaching and Learning. The use of data for day-to-day teaching duties. Personalising content, feedback, etc.
12:30 Lunch
Getting real. What conditions make learning analytics work?
Small group discussion to envision how these techniques can be effectively deployed in schools.
Closing Panel
Closing Panel: From Vision to Reality
Closing reflections on the day from the experts and open discussion
Facilitator: Susi Steigler-Peters
15:15 Close, Refreshments, Informal Conversations


Our Speakers

Susi Steigler-Peters
Bio: Susi is currently the CEO of RADII (Research Australia Development & Innovation Institute) Until June 2017, Susi was the Global Education Lead in Telstra where her role reached all Australian schools, TAFEs, universities and key education agencies. She is Board Director of MCERA (Media Centre for Educational Research Australia) and The Delta Society. In 2013 she was invited to join the GSMA Global mEducation Advisory Group. In 2012 she was appointed Chair of the AIIA (Australian Information Industry Association) National Education Special Interest Group; served as a Board member of the Greater Western Sydney Education Alliance; the ‘We Link’ Advisory Group hosted by Education Services Australia and served as a Board member on the New South Wales Community Languages Schools Board.

Prof Simon Buckingham Shum
University of Technology Sydney
Bio: Simon Buckingham Shum is Professor of Learning Informatics at the University of Technology Sydney, and Director of the Connected Intelligence Centre which is developing analytics to advance the learning.futures strategy. He has been active in the field of Learning Analytics since the inaugural LAK11, is a LAK18 Program Chair, and is a former Vice-President of the Society for Learning Analytics Research.

Gary Molloy, BE(Hons), MBT, GradDipEd
Educational Analyst, St Aloysius’ College
Bio: After twenty years in operations, sales and business management; within the mining, paper and chemical industries, Gary Molloy made the move to education and now as teacher at St Aloysius College, he operates on the cutting edge of technological innovation, applying data driven research to continuous improvement in education.Gary has been a Councillor of the NSW Science Teachers Association, a Senior Marker of HSC Chemistry and has completed Harvard’s Data Wise Leadership course. With a decade now in education he sees his two careers converging, where best practice in the business sector can now be applied to improvement in school function; particularly teaching and learning.

Prof Ruth Deakin Crick
University of Technology Sydney
Bio: Ruth Crick is Professor of Learning Analytics and Educational Leadership at the University of Technology Sydney and Learning Analytics and Engineering Leadership at the University of Bristol UK. Ruth’s research has led in the theorization and practical development of a generic praxis of learning for performance in a complex world, which systemically integrates divergent imperatives for effectiveness: the personal and the public, identity and performance, agency and structure, the human and the digital. Working with a collaborative business model, operating at the interface of research, policy, practice and enterprise, Ruth has co-developed a digital learning journey platform, architected on the basis of a single-view-of-the-learner, capable of providing  diagnostic tools for supporting self-directed change, developing ‘resilient agency’ and using machine learning to support ‘purposeful conversations’.

Jojo Manai
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, USA
Bio: Jojo Manai is the director of analytics and collaborative technology at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He leads the technical team to provide Foundation-wide support for a variety of technology, including the development and administration of an information infrastructure for the Carnegie Foundation’s Design, Development & Improvement Research work, as well as the development of technology solutions for a wide range of collaboration tools to facilitate the work of Carnegie’s programs. Before coming to the Carnegie Foundation, Jojo was a search technical lead & project manager at Yahoo! where he supported rich results direct display, query pattern mining, intent analysis and impact prediction. He holds degrees in computer science and information technology from the Faculté des Sciences Economiques et de Gestion – Sfax University. In the summer of 2005 he was awarded The UC Davis Citations for Excellence and Achievement Award, as an acknowledgment of his achievements and quality of work at the University of California Davis.

Michael Cejnar
EdQuire, Australia
Bio: Founded in 2011 Dr. Cejnar, a Sydney cardiologist and biomedical engineering entrepreneur, FIC Technology was born out of Michael’s ambition to promote the same evidence-based science that exists in medicine into our K 12 education. FIC Technology has developed software under the edQuire brand which achieves this aim by using the field of Learning Analytics found in universities and implementing it in a practical way into daily use in our secondary school classrooms. The edQuire suite of software now provides a practical real-time tool for K-12 teachers to see how students are learning on their laptops and enables educators, parents and students to measure, analyse and positively improve the use of digital technology in learning.

Dr Jennifer Pei-Ling Tan
National Institute of Education, Singapore
Bio: Dr Jennifer Pei-Ling Tan is Senior Research Scientist (Learning Sciences Lab) and Assistant Dean (Knowledge Mobilisation) at the Office of Education Research, National Institute of Education Singapore. She specialises in technology-mediated pedagogical innovations aimed at assessing and fostering 21st century skills and dispositions in learners. Jen leads a substantial portfolio of competitively funded research projects that sees her working closely with schools and policymakers to co-design, implement and evaluate web-based collaborative learning and formative learning analytics initiatives that promote collaborative creativity and criticality in young people. She holds doctorate and master degrees in Philosophy, Education and Business.

Elizabeth Koh
National Institute of Education, Singapore
Bio: Dr. Elizabeth Koh is Assistant Dean (Research Translation) and Research Scientist at the Learning Sciences Lab at the National Institute of Education, Singapore. Her research interest has primarily been in education innovations, in particular the 21st century competency of collaboration in blended learning environments. She has held several research grants and has worked with many K-12 schools. She has taught at the Masters and post-graduate levels and has published in Computers & Education, Educational Technology & Society, among other peer-reviewed publications. She is also associate editor of Learning: Research and Practice.

Robin Nagy
Mathematics Association of NSW
Bio: Robin Nagy is a Professional Learning Consultant with the Mathematics Association of NSW as well as an independent educational consultant and founder of EffortTracking.com. After graduating from Bath University in the UK, with Honours and Masters’ degrees in Electronic Engineering, Robin Nagy worked in industry as a Firmware Development Engineer before deciding to pursue a career in teaching. He worked as a high-school teacher of Mathematics for eight years in the UK, before moving abroad to teach in Thailand for four years and then to Sydney, Australia, where he now lives. Robin was a classroom teacher of Mathematics for over twenty years. He also held senior positions as the Dean of Students at Redlands School, Sydney, Housemaster at Cranbrook School, Sydney and Head of Year at Bangkok Patana International School, Thailand. He served on the Executive of the Mathematics Association of New South Wales for several years and has presented at numerous state, national and international conferences. His recent work on Student Effort-Tracking has drawn interest and attention both nationally and internationally.

David Ferguson
University of Technology Sydney
Bio: While Data has been a constant theme through the last twenty five years in his engineering and finance roles, Dave has returned to study (the Master of Data Science and Innovation, University of Technology Sydney) in order to understand more about data science, innovation and data ethics. Since discovering Learning Analytics when reflecting on his own study, he continues to build his understanding of how data can be used to support teaching and learning in schools as opposed to being seen as a burden.

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