Learning Analytics: Separating the Hype from the Hope. Presented by Dr Grace Lynch


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We were very happy to have Dr Grace Lynch present at RMIT on the 12th of August. In her presentation Grace explained what learning analytics are and provided an insight into some of the pros and cons of using learning analytics. You can watch her presentation below.


Interview with Associate Professor Elspeth McKay


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Elspeth McKay, PhD, Fellow ACS is an assiduous researcher in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Her interest to improve the human-dimension of HCI has led to work on cognitive performance measurement for assessing readiness for returning to study/retraining that breaks new ground. Her innovation with information communications technology (ICT) can also be seen in her readiness to invoke: learning analytics; ePedagogy strategies and touch screen technologies into her projects, promoting increased access to information through mobile ICT for members of the community currently experiencing access limitations. We met with Elspeth to discuss her views on learning analytics and where she thinks it is headed. Below is the interview.



Below are a range of different articles about learning analytics that may be of interest.

Ali, L., Hatala, M., Gasevic, D., & Jovanovic, J. (2012). A qualitative evaluation of evolution of a learning analytics tool. Computers & Education, 58, 470-489.

Bates, Tony. (2015). Privacy and the use of the internet.

Blended learning. (2015). How 4 universities are taking blended learning to the next level. 

Chatti, M. A., Dyckhoff, A.L., Schroeder, U., & Thus, H. (2012). A reference model for learning analytics. International Journal of Enhanced Learning (IJTEL).

Corrin, L., Kennedy, G., & Mulder, R. (2013). Enhance learning analytics by understanding the needs of teachers. Presented at 30th Ascilite Conference 2013 Proceedings.

Dietz- Uhler, B., & Hurn, J. E. (2013). Using learning analytics to predict (and improve) student success: A facult perspective. Journal of Interactive Online Learning, 12(1), 17-26.

Dyckhoff, A. L., Zielke, D., Bultmann, M., Chatti, M. A., & Schroeder, U. (2012). Designing and implementation of a learning analytics toolkit for teachers. Educational Technology & Society, 15 (3), 58-76.

Jayaprakash, S. M., et al. (2014). Early alert of Academically At-Risk Students: An Open Source Analytics Initiative. Journal of Learning Analytics, 1 (1), 6-47.

Kahu, E. R. (2013). Framing student engagement in higher education. Studies in Higher Education, 38 (5), 758-773.

Siemens, G. (2014) Supporting and promoting learning analytics research. The Journal of Learning Analytics, 1 (1), 3-4.

Wolff, Annika; Zdrahal, Zdenek; Nikolov, Andriy and Pantucek, Michal (2013). Improving retention: predicting at-risk students by analysing clicking behaviour in a virtual learning environment. In: Third Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK 2013), 8-12 April 2013, Leuven, Belgium (forthcoming).

Beginners Guide to Online Tools Workshop. Presented by Samantha Vardanega


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Samantha Vardanega will be the eighth presenter in our seminar series. Samantha is the Change and Technology Consultant at Simplify Solutions. Samantha is a Google for Education Certified Innovator and Google for Education Certified Trainer and has spent nine years working with educational institutions to deliver solutions that enhance the way staff and students teach, learn and work together. She works alongside educators at all levels to assist them in integrating both Google and other technologies into their teaching and administrative practice.


In this presentation Samantha will discuss when and why you should use online tools with colleagues and students and will demonstrate how to use them. Tools covered will include Google Docs/Sheets/Slides, Google Forms, Google Sites and URL shorteners.

Where: Building 51, level 3, room 11
When: September 30, 12:30- 1:30

Academics, professional staff and students are all invited to attend.
This presentation is free. To register go here.
For more information please contact peter.saunders@rmit.edu.au

Learning Analytics: Separating the Hype from the Hope. Presented by Dr Grace Lynch


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We are happy to announce that Dr Grace Lynch (BA, BEd, MEd, PhD) will be presenting at RMIT University. Grace is Managing Director of Lynch & Associates and has over 30 years of experience in Australia, Asia and North America. Grace is an international scholar and highly regarded consultant. Her research on the theory, rationale and analytics behind practice and planned outcomes is crucial in the digital age where technology is both an enabler and driver of pedagogical change. Dr Lynch is the Executive Manager, Society for Learning Analytics Research, an inaugural member of the NSW Learning Analytics Group, Adjunct Professor University of New England and assists a number of Australian universities with the development of learning analytics strategies and implementations.

The adoption of analytic approaches to better inform and assess the impact on learning and teaching practice in educational organisations is concurrently increasing with the growth in the volume, variety and velocity of data. Many industry groups, vendors and institutions are heavily investing in resources to explore the diverse facets of learning analytics leading to the rapid advancement and deployment of technical and pedagogical innovations. The actual capture and analysis of data can change how decisions are made and resources allocated in many fields including education via actionable intelligence.

Learning analytics is the collection and analysis of data generated during the learning process in order to improve the quality of both learning and teaching. It centres on the learning process which includes analysing the relationship between learner, content, institution and educator. Learning Analytics is not simply about counting hits or mapping discussions, it is about intelligent and thoughtful integration and interpretation of data in the context of human activity. This presentation will provide an overview of Learning Analytics and the perceived benefits.

When: Wednesday 12th August, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Where: Seminar 1, Storey Hall, RMIT University,
Swanston Street, Melbourne

Academics, professional staff and students are all invited to attend.
The presentation is free. To register go to here.

To find out more information please contact: peter.saunders@rmit.edu.au

Google Analytics- Presented by Blake Seufert


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We are happy to announce a seminar on Google analytics training. This seminar will be presented by Blake Seufert. Blake is a Google Certified trainer and is a deployment and I.T Infrastructure expert. He is the Systems Manager at McKinnon Secondary College in Melbourne.

In this presentation Blake will demonstrate how to set up Google applications on a Google site and any other site. He will then show you how to navigate and read the statistics, filter the data and make sense of the information. The presentation will be offered at the City campus in the morning and afternoon. The afternoon session will be a repeat of the morning session.

City Campus- Morning session 

When: Thursday, 20 August 2015, 10:30 am – 11:30 am (followed by lunch)

Where: Seminar 3, Storey Hall, RMIT University,
Swanston Street, Melbourne

City Campus- Afternoon session 

When: Thursday, 20 August 2015, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Where: 080.10.017, RMIT University, Swanston Street, Melbourne

This event is hosted by our LTIF project: Transforming Learning and Teaching with Practical Analytics. The presentation is free. To register go here.

To find out more information please contact: peter.saunders@rmit.edu.au

How QUT are using analytics to boost international student enrolment


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Using data and analytics is not new to the higher education sector in Australia. Many realise the value and opportunities it can provide to boost international student engagement, but are still grappling with how to best roll-out the systems, tools and people to use data effectively.

QUT has been leveraging data and analytics as part of their international marketing and recruitment strategy since 2010, and over the past five years have also used new tech (such as automation) to improve international student engagement which has had big benefits for enrolment numbers.
Download the case study: Using data and analytics to better understand the millenial student

In this case study, Dominic Mether, Manager of International Marketing Services at the Queensland University of Technology shares how universities can use marketing automation and analytics to improve the student experience and the competitive advantages that can be achieved as a result.


Want to hear more?

At International Student Recruitment & Marketing 2015, taking place in Sydney on 17 – 19 August 2015, Dominic will be leading a session on using technology to ignite creativity and drive results.

Dominic’s session covers:

The rise and rise of the digital marketer
Do you really know what you’re looking for? Segmenting your data
Simple data capture techniques
True data integration: where prospect meets application
There’s more to CRM than meets the eye
Close the reporting feedback loop
Download the program here for more information on the 17 other sessions at the conference.

Book and pay by COB 3 July
and save up to $800!*

Book online  or call 02 9229 1000

For more information about the summit email enquire@iqpc.com.au

Learning Analytics Across the Organisation


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We are happy to announce that Pauline Farrell will be presenting at RMIT University as part of our LTIF project. This will be our fifth presentation in our seminar series. Pauline is the Director of Education Leadership and Student Engagement at Swinburne University.  She is an advocate of student retention and student led learning and is interested in using learning analytics to increase student engagement.

In this presentation Pauline will discuss how learning analytics can be used to drive change at organisation, department and individual level.

When: Wednesday, 5 August 2015, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Where: Building 80, Level 6, Room 5, RMIT University,
Swanston Street, Melbourne

This event is hosted by our LTIF project: Transforming Learning and Teaching with Practical Analytics. The presentation is free. To register go here.

To find out more information please contact: peter.saunders@rmit.edu.au

Here is a brief excerpt from an interview with Pauline.

Dr Toby Juliff- Using Blackboard analytics to change student learning


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On the 28th of May 2015 Dr Toby Juliff presented on using Blackboard analytics as part of our seminar series. Dr Juliff is an honours coordinator from The University of Melbourne.  In his presentation he demonstrated some very practical ways to use learning analytics in Blackboard to help measure student engagement. His presentation was very informative and shows how teachers can easily make use of Blackboard features to change student learning.

Geoffrey Edlund and Tania Fernando- A pragmatic approach to Academic and Learning Analytics


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We were pleased to have Geoffrey Edlund and Tania Fernado from The University of Melbourne present at RMIT University on the 3rd of June. In this practical workshop Geoffrey and Tania took us through a hands-on example of how to work with student data. They demonstrated how to make use of data by using tools such as Excel. They showed us how to run and interpret correlations, regressions and manovas in a very simple way.

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Geoffrey and Tania also provided some interesting insights into how to make predictions of student performance based on data, such as ATAR score, number of online posts and number of completed online quizzes. They showed us how useful data can be in understanding student learning behaviour as well as supporting students and teachers.

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Photos by Margund Sallowsky