[Air-L] Learning Analytics & Knowledge: February 27-March 1, 2011 in Banff, Alberta

Caroline Haythornthwaite haythorn at illinois.edu
Mon Sep 13 14:00:23 PDT 2010

Learning Analytics & Knowledge: February 27-March 1, 2011 in Banff, 


The growth of data surpasses the ability of organizations to make sense of it. 
This concern is particularly pronounced in relation to knowledge, teaching, 
and learning. Learning institutions and corporations make little use of the 
data learners "throw off" in the process of accessing learning materials, 
interacting with educators and peers, and creating new content. In an age 
where educational institutions are under growing pressure to reduce costs 
and increase efficiency, analytics promises to be an important lens through 
which to view and plan for change at course and institutions levels. 
Corporations face pressure for increased competitiveness and productivity, a 
challenge that requires important contributions in organizational capacity 
building from work place and informal learning. Learning analytics can play a 
role in highlighting the development of employees through their learning 

In enterprise settings, information flow and social interactions can yield novel 
insights into organizational effectiveness and capacity to address new 
challenges or adapt rapidly when unanticipated event arise.

Thirdly, as we witness the expansion of learning and knowledge work beyond 
formal institutional boundaries, myriad platforms in the cloud hosting the 
activity of individuals will be providing/exchanging analytics.

Advances in knowledge modeling and representation, the semantic web, data 
mining, analytics, and open data form a foundation for new models of 
knowledge development and analysis. The technical complexity of this 
nascent field is paralleled by a transition within the full spectrum of learning 
(education, work place learning, informal learning) to social, networked 
learning. These technical, pedagogical, and social domains must be brought 
into dialogue with each other to ensure that interventions and organizational 
systems serve the needs of all stakeholders.

Learning Analytics 2011 will focus on integrating the technical and the 
social/pedagogical dimensions of learning analytics.

Learning analytics is the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of 
data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and 
optimising learning and the environments in which it occurs

Please direct any questions to gsiemens at gmail.com
Caroline Haythornthwaite

I will be using this @illinois email for a few more months for projects started at UIUC. 

However, if your email is in relation to my position as Director, SLAIS, UBC please use haythorn at interchange.ubc.ca

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