In this presentation, I will describe the use of learning analytics to provide indicators of students’ behaviour in technology-enhanced learning environments. The presentation will begin with a description of the use of learning analytics in a mixed methods approach to investigate in depth how students, with different characteristics, engage with and learn from technology-enhanced learning environments. I will then demonstrate a learning-analytic tool which reports student use of the Lectopia lecture capture system across the weeks of a semester, both collectively and individually. Observation of the data provided by the system enabled us to develop a set of proto-theoretical categories of behaviour, with associated algorithms to numerically identify these categories. The presentation will conclude with a brief description of the results of a pilot study into the use of the methodology.
Rob Phillips has worked in higher education learning and teaching since 1992, working with staff from most discipline areas. His expertise includes educational design, e-learning, distance education, educational policy development and academic staff development. He has provided professional development and mentoring for academic staff in the scholarship of learning and teaching, and has chaired university committees on Awards and Citations, Learning and Teaching Spaces and Open Education.
His research interests include evaluation research in e-learning; learning analytics; making creative and innovative use of technology; university policy issues; and project management in educational innovations. Rob has 130 publications, including 60 refereed papers. He has been principal author of two internationally published books “Developer’s guide to interactive multimedia” and “Evaluating e-learning: Guiding research and practice”.
Currently, he is working as an academic consultant and online tutor. Most recently, he worked with the School of Education at Curtin University on a redesign of the common first year units for large, online cohorts.
He was a member of the management committee of the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology until 2012, and is a member of the Editorial Board of Research in Learning Technology. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Learning Analytics.
He is a life member and past-president (1996-2000) of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. Rob received a Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council in 2007. He was an executive member of the Australasian Council on Open, Distance and E-learning (ACODE) from 2004-2006 and in 2012.