Indiana University’s Center for Learning Analytics and Student Success (CLASS) recently hosted its 3rd annual summit. Data-Informed Stories, Transformational Journeys: Indiana University’s 3rd Annual Learning Analytics Summit took place on May 12-14 and was held on the Whova virtual conference platform.
According to George Rehrey, Director of CLASS, the purpose of the summit is to bring together faculty, staff, and administrators who share an interest in fostering student success through the use of big data and analytical tools.
“This year’s summit theme gets at the heart of what we need to accomplish as we collectively advance this quickly evolving field,” Rehrey said. “We need compelling stories to accompany our data analyses. Stories that inspire critical reflection about our students and their performance. Stories about the inequities in our college classrooms. Stories that encourage faculty to take action. And yes, stories that will transform the teaching cultures in our programs and departments.”
Approximately 384 participants from 10 different countries and 137 different institutions attended the three day event. Of that number, 69 participants self-identified as faculty, 93 as staff, and 69 as administrators. Featured speakers included University of Kansas Professors Caroline Bennett and Andrea Greenhoot, and Michael Dennin, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Dean of Division of Undergraduate Education, and a Professor of Physics & Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine.
George Siemens, professor and the executive director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab at the University of Texas, was a featured keynote speaker on opening day and discussed how learning analytics can shape teaching, learning, and student success in higher education. “Learning analytics focuses on our understanding of how humans build knowledge and how humans interact with knowledge,” he said. “My interest here is, how we can use learning analytics to ensure that our innovative practices are centered on the student, rather than on our own internal systems and processes that we often pay attention to.”
Recordings from all the summit live-stream sessions will be made available in the coming weeks. For more information on learning analytics and upcoming events, visit https://class.indiana.edu/ or contact George Rehrey at firstname.lastname@example.org.