Professor Shane Dawson: Project Co-lead
Shane Dawson is the Director of the Teaching Innovation Unit and Professor of Learning Analytics at the University of South Australia (UniSA). Shane’s research focuses on the use of social network analysis and learner ICT interaction data to inform and benchmark teaching and learning quality. Shane is a founding executive member of the Society for Learning Analytics Research and past conference chair of the International Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference. He is a co-developer of SNAPP an open source social network visualization tool designed for teaching staff to better understand, identify and evaluate student learning, engagement, academic performance and creative capacity.
Dr Tim Rogers: Project Co-lead
Tim Rogers is an early career researcher and academic developer in the Teaching Innovation Unit at the University of South Australia. His principal research interests are in organisational learning, implementation, and strategic process, and the link between individual actions and larger organisational patterns of behaviour. He draws mostly on the theory of action (also known as ‘action science’) approach most closely associated with the late Chris Argyris and strategy dynamics, a sub-discipline of system dynamics. Tim is currently playing a lead role in the prganisational adoption of learning analytics at UniSA.
Professor Dragan Gasevic: Project Partner
Dragan Gasevic is a Professor and Chair in Learning Analytics and Informatics at The University of Edinburgh. Dragan is a co-founder and President of the Society for Learning Analytics Research. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University, Associate Adjunct Professor in the Learning and Teaching Unit at the University of South Australia, and an IBM CAS Faculty Fellow. A computer scientist by training and skill, Dragan considers himself a learning and information scientist developing computational methods that can shape next-generation learning and software technologies and advance our understanding of information-seeking, sense-making, self-regulated and social learning. Dragan is currently President of the Society for Learning Analytics Research.
Professor Simon Buckingham Shum: Project Partner
Simon Buckingham Shum is Professor of Learning Informatics, and Director of the Connected Intelligence Centre (CIC), University of Technology Sydney (UTS). CIC works at the intersection of research and teaching/learning, to break new ground in the use of data and analytics within UTS to improve the student experience.
Prior to joining UTS (Aug 2014) Simon was Professor of Learning Informatics and Associate Director (Technology) at the the UK Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute, which he joined at its launch in 1995. KMi is now a 70-person lab developing and researching the future internet for the knowledge society.
Professor Karen Nelson: Project Partner
Karen Nelson is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) at University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Queensland, Australia. She commenced in the position in April 2014. She also holds the position of Adjunct Professor in the Information Systems School at Queensland University of Technology. Prior to joining USC, Karen was Director – Student Success and Retention in the Learning and Teaching Unit at QUT. She has been in senior leadership roles since March 2008 and held academic leadership appointments at QUT from 2003.
Professor Shirley Alexander: Project Partner
As Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education and Students) Professor Shirley Alexander is responsible for leading the achievement of the University’s key priorities in teaching and learning, the student experience, and the use of data analytics in all aspects of the university’s work. Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education and Students) | University of Technology Sydney.
Professor Alexander is also Professor of Learning Technologies and enjoys an international reputation for her research on the use of information and communication technologies in education and recently chaired Digital Education Advisory Committee (DEAG) to advise the Federal Government on the best use of emerging technologies in the school environment.
Professor Lori Lockyer: Project Partner
Lori Lockyer joined Macquarie University as the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation Chair in Teacher Education and Head of the School of Education in 2012. She is an expert in educational technology. Lori obtained her PhD in 2000 for her research focused on outcomes for learners engaged in online collaborative tasks and has published over 100 book chapters, journal articles and conference papers. Her work has been supported through many national competitive research and teaching innovation grants and through industry partnerships. She has engaged in collaborative, interdisciplinary research for more than two decades and is a chief investigator in the Science of Learning Research Centre.
Lori teaches in educational technology and educational research methods at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Her research focuses on teaching and learning with technology in school, university and professional learning environments. Lori is interested in understanding the learning processes and outcomes for learners engaged in technology-supported tasks – particularly collaborative and problem-based tasks.
Professor Gregor Kennedy: Project Partner
Gregor Kennedy is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Educational Innovation) at the University of Melbourne and a Professor in the Centre for the Study of Higher Education. Gregor is an international leader in educational technology research and development, particularly in the context of higher education. He has longstanding research interests in contemporary learning design and emerging technologies, educational technology research and evaluation, interactivity and engagement in digital learning, 3D immersive virtual environments, and the use of learning analytics in digital learning environments and has published widely in these areas. As Pro Vice- Chancellor (Educational Innovation) Gregor leads the University’s strategy in technology enhanced learning and teaching, and is the Head of Learning Environments, the department responsible for virtual and physical learning spaces at the University of Melbourne. Gregor has been involved in number of major curriculum development and renewal projects, and has led many design and development teams to create technology-enhanced or enabled courses, subjects and resources.
Dr Linda Corrin: Project Partner
Dr Linda Corrin joined the CSHE at the University of Melbourne in 2012 as Lecturer in Higher Education. Her role focuses on research, curriculum development and academic development in the areas of educational technology and eLearning. Linda’s research interests include examining students’ engagement with technology in everyday and academic contexts, learning analytics, feedback, mixed methods research, and learning design. Prior to joining the CSHE, Linda worked at the Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong as a lecturer in educational development. Her PhD research examined student learning through their use of technologies.
Associate Professor Josie Fisher: Project Partner
Josie Fisher is Associate Professor, Graduate School of Business, University of New England (UNE) where she teaches business and professional ethics. Her research interests include business ethics, professional ethics, corporate social responsibility, sustainability and the relationship between these areas and strategic management. She also researches the scholarship of learning and teaching.
Cassandra Colvin is Manager of Learning Analytics in the Teaching Innovation Unit at the University of South Australia. Current research interests include learning analytics implementations, particularly their situated, multidimensional and complex nature, and intercultural interactions and communication on a university campus. Before entering the learning analytics space, Cassandra enjoyed careers in international education and classical music performance.
Alexandra Wade is a project officer in the Teaching Innovation Unit at the University of South Australia. Alexandra began working with the university as a student advisor for the ESAP program, a pastoral care initiative geared towards enhancing student potential and success. She has since provided research assistance and support to a number of learning analytics projects within the TIU. Alexandra’s research interests are grounded in educational and cognitive psychology, and include student metacognition and self-regulated learning.