Learning analytics adoption in Higher Education: Reviewing six years of exp...

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Learning analytics adoption in Higher Education: Reviewing six years of experience at Open University UK

In this webinar, Prof Bart Rienties will reflect on the process of implementing learning analytics solutions within the UK higher education setting, its implications, and the key lessons learned in the process. The talk will specifically focus on the Open University UK (OU) experience of implementing learning analytics to support its 170k students and 5k staff. Its flagship OU Analyse has been hailed as one of the largest applications of predictive learning analytics at scale for the last five years, making OU one of the leading institutions in learning analytics domain. The talk will reflect on the strong connections between research and practice, educational theory and learning design, scholarship and professional development, and working in multi-disciplinary teams to explain why the OU is at the forefront of implementing learning analytics at scale. At the same time, not all innovations and interventions have worked. During this webinar, Prof Rienties will discuss the lessons learned from implementing learning analytics systems, how learning analytics has been adopted at OU and other UK institutions, and what the implications for higher education might be.

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Dr Bart Rienties is Professor of Learning Analytics and head of Academic Professional Development at the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University UK. As Associate Director, he leads a group of academics who provide university-wide academic professional development and innovation courses and conduct evidence-based research of how professionals learn. As an educational psychologist, he conducts multi-disciplinary research on work-based and collaborative learning environments and focuses on the role of social interaction in learning, which is published in leading academic journals and books. His primary research interests are focussed on Learning Analytics, Professional Development, and the role of motivation in learning. He has published over 200 academic outputs and is the 4th most cited author and contributor in Learning Analytics in the period 2011-2018 (Adeniji, 2019), and the 7th most published author on social network analysis in social sciences in the period 1999-2018 (Su et al. 2020). More info at

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