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Research Seminar: Learner Analytics

30th January 2019, 13:00 to 14:00, ED134

This public talk from Professor Alexandra Cristea, Head of the Innovation Computing Research Group at Durham University's Computer Science Department, uncovers this exciting new field of research, discussing challenges, success stories, specific aims and goals in the context of education, and future developments.

With the advent of big data, user and customer analytics are brought to the forefront of several areas, such as Computer Science, Statistics, and Psychology, to name but a few. Within this, an emerging important area is that of learner analytics, a new field enabled by the recent advances in analytical and visualisation tools for big data, and the improved data formats and advances in computing technology [according to the Higher Education Academic in UK].

Learner Analytics refers to the measuring, collecting and analysis of data about learners and their environments, with the aim of improving teaching and learning practices, usually in online environments.

This talk uncovers this exciting new field of research, discussing challenges, success stories, specific aims and goals in the context of education, and future developments. Some recent results on analysing UK HE courses on MOOCs are also presented.

Contact ed.research@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.