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Learning Analytics talks, past and upcoming

By Samantha Ahern, on 14 June 2017

I was invited by Skills Matter to give a talk on the 8th March 2017 as part of the InfiniteConf Bytes series of meet-ups.

InfiniteConf Bytes is a series of talks showcasing the speakers and topics for the upcoming InfiniteConf at Skills Matter in July (6th & 7th).  At which I will be giving a talk entitled: Ethical Conundrums of an Educational Data Scientist.

My talk on the 8th March was a general overview of what learning analytics is and what some of the difficulties faced by the field are.

A recording of the talk can be viewed at: https://skillsmatter.com/skillscasts/10055-learning-analytics-what-is-it-and-why-is-it-so-difficult-with-samantha-ahern and the slide deck from the talk is available on slide share (https://www.slideshare.net/SamanthaAhernMIET/learning-analytics-infiniteconfbytes).

I am currently preparing a session on Learning Analytics for the HEA Conference on 5th July, and have had my session proposal for September’s ALT conference accepted.  A summer of literature reviews and writing for me it seems.

In addition, I have found some interesting patterns in the laptop loans data that I am hoping to investigate further. Included below is a plot from Tableau showing the relative number of laptop loans by location from the 26th September 2016 until 24th April 2017. In the plot the larger the bubble, the greater the number of loaned laptops.

BublePlot LaptopLoans






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