EXETER, UK, 24-Feb-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The University of Exeter hosted a high-level forum to examine how ‘big data’ can utilised to enhance the student learning experience.
The University held the Jisc 9th UK Learning Analytics Network meeting at its Streatham Campus on Wednesday, February 22, attracting more than 80 delegates from across the country.
The event saw five experts give their views on how institutions could best engage with ‘big data’ and analytics, including keynote speaker Professor Wendy Robinson, Exeter’s Academic Dean for Students, who gave a fascinating insight into the unique approach the University takes in delivering it’s Effective Learning Analytics project.
The project, which is led by academics in partnership with students and professional staff, uses existing data about students’ academic progress presented in an accessible format that will enable them, and their tutors, to see how they are doing academically, It also indicates whether any additional support can be put in place to help them succeed in their studies.
The event also saw Dr Hywel Williams and Dr Jo Smith, from the University, give a presentation on their research into the evaluation and effectiveness of learning analytics, while Dr Camille Kandiko Howson from KCL gave a presentation on Measuring learning gain: big data, learning analytics, tests and surveys.
Professor Tim Quine Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) said: “The University of Exeter was pleased to welcome colleagues from across the country to discuss how we can best use data to enhance the student learning experience through sharing best practice.
“Our driving ambition at Exeter is to be a Global 100 research leader that creates graduates of distinction within a community of the most talented and creative minds’. Ensuring that we support and stimulate all of our students from their diverse backgrounds to achieve their potential is integral to fulfilling this vision”.
SOURCE: University of Exeter