Professor Dragan Gašević
Using learning analytics to measure 21st century skills
The unprecedented opportunities to collect data about learning and contexts in which learning occurs has attracted great attention in education. The use of data analytics and machine learning methods have offered much potential to address many relevant questions in education. This talk will focus on the use of learning analytics to measure 21st century skills in education. Professor Gašević will discuss approaches and data that are used for analysis and modelling of relevant learning processes. He will also outline the ways in which learning analytics can be used to track learning progression and how the validity of the findings with data analytics is assured. Numerous empirical studies will be drawn upon to look at self-regulated learning, learning strategies, and problem solving in individual and group activities.
About Professor Dragan Gašević
Dragan Gašević is Professor of Learning Analytics in the Faculty of Education and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University. Before this post, he was Professor and Chair in Learning Analytics and Informatics in the Moray House School of Education and the School of Informatics and Co-Director of Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. He was the Canada Research Chair in Semantic and Learning Technologies and Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems at Athabasca University from January 2007 until January 2015. Dragan served as the immediate past President of the Society for Learning Analytics Research and holds several honorary appointments in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States. A computer scientist by training and skills, Dragan considers himself a learning analyst who develops computational methods that can shape next-generation learning and software technologies and advance our understanding of information seeking, sense-making, and self-regulated and social learning. Funded by granting agencies and industry in Canada and Europe, Dragan is a recipient of several best-paper awards at the major international conferences in learning and software technology. The award-winning work of his team on the LOCO-Analytics software is considered one of the pioneering contributions in the growing area of learning analytics. Recently, he has founded ProSolo Technologies Incorporated that develops a software solution for tracking, evaluating, and recognising competencies gained through self-directed learning and social interactions. Dragan has authored numerous research papers and books and is a frequent keynote speaker.