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Research Conference 2019

Preparing students for life in the 21st Century:
Identifying, developing and assessing what matters
4–5 August, Melbourne
Associate Professor Elspeth McKay

Associate Professor Elspeth McKay

RMIT, Australia

Digital literacy skill development: Prescriptive learning analytics assessment model

There is a broad awareness of how information communications technology (ICT) digital literacy impacts everyday life. In schools, use of ICT tools has become mandatory. These tools include computers, tablets and mobile phones. These smart devices are used to send emails, browse the internet and make video calls. It is essential for teachers to identify student digital literacy levels through classroom activities and when to implement flexible ePedagogies for students who need help.

This presentation will provide easy-to-follow steps to manage learning analytics to determine digital literacy skill levels. Learning analytics can be used for a range of purposes: to compile assessment reports for individual learners to know how they rate compared with other learners; to highlight students who may need extra support; to assist teachers to plan supporting interventions for individuals and groups of learners; to support professional development teams when considering new courseware design and development; and to support institutional/corporate marketing and recruitment management strategies. However, some people may find it daunting to undertake learning analytics. This presentation will show why this perception is wrong by explaining a prescriptive learning analytics planning model. This session will give participants an understanding of the skills they need to carry out their own learning analytics through careful preparation of their testing instruments and an understanding of the importance of validating their measurement tools.

About Associate Professor Elspeth McKay

Associate Professor Elspeth McKay, PhD, Fellow ACS is part of the School of Business IT and Logistics at RMIT University, Australia. Her doctorate from Deakin University is in Computer Science and Information Systems. Elspeth also holds further qualifications in Instructional Design, Computer Education and Business Information Systems. She is passionate about designing effective eLearning resources for the education sector and industry training/reskilling programmes. Elspeth’s research interests involve investigations of how individuals interpret text and graphics within web-mediated learning environments. Her Australian Research Council’s research project investigated government eTraining strategies. Her work involves developing specialist eLearning information communications technology tools. Over the last decade, Elspeth has worked extensively in the research fields of human-computer interaction, educational technology and learning analytics, and published over 150 peer-reviewed research papers, as well as several educational technology books. She has also been awarded numerous awards for funded projects.

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