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Learning Analytics SIG seminar: Digging deeper into the ethical use of Learning Analytics

22 April @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AEST

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The ASCILITE LA SIG leaders invite you to join us in a panel discussion/webinar as part of our Digging Deeper into Ethical use of LA series.

Ensuring that learning analytics are used in an ethical way is a concept that learning analytics practitioners, teachers, designers, and researchers continue to grapple with as data becomes more prevalent in education. Building a shared understanding of how we can bring together research on this concept with policy and practice is key to being able to address this challenge.

In response, the ASCILITE Learning Analytics (LA) SIG team have put together a series of activities to explore the ethics of learning analytics in more detail. This workshop builds on an ongoing discussion of a recent white paper on the ethical use of learning analytics in Australian higher education. This background paper can be accessed the paper using this link Ethical use of learning analytics in Australian higher education

We have gathered together an expert panel to discuss these issues from different perspectives. Panelists are:

Ben Hicks is the Learning Analytics Lead for the Retention Team at Charles Sturt University and also a PhD candidate with the Connected Intelligence Centre at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is drawn to the field of Learning Analytics by his strong interest in how mathematics interfaces with the messy parts of the world, and is passionate about all things learning and using analytics around education in a contextually appropriate manner. Ben has spent over a decade teaching in high schools across three continents and has dreams of narrowing the gap between the experience of teachers and the world of educational data. His current research interests include complex systems, causality, networks and student engagement.

Ruth Marshall is Director of R&D and Data Integrity at Australian Education Technology company Practera where she works with universities and research organisations to innovate new ways of delivering high quality work integrated learning and lifelong learning skills development at scale. Ruth started her career with a UK A.I. startup Cognitive Applications. She has since worked in the startup community in the UK, US and Australia involved in technical and executive roles with 11+ startups. Prior to her current role she spent five years as a commercialisation specialist with CSIRO/Data61. She has also held R&D, management consulting and CIO positions for large international corporations including British Telecom, Westpac, Accenture and Novartis Pharmaceuticals. She has a Bachelors degree in Computing and Artificial Intelligence from University of Sussex, England.

Simon has a career-long fascination with the potential of software to make thinking visible. His work sits at the intersection of the multidisciplinary fields of Human-Computer Interaction, Educational Technology, Hypertext, Computer-Supported Collaboration and Educational Data Science.

Start times: The AEST start time is below and for Singapore it is 1pm and Auckland it is 5pm. You’ll find start times for other time zones here.

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22 April
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AEST
Institutional Members