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The power of learning analytics to give students (and teachers) what they want!

Updated Tuesday 19th December 2017

Join us at the Berrill Theatre and online on Tuesday 30 January 2018, 6-7pm for the Inaugural Lecture of Professor Bart Rienties, in which he will talk about the power of learning analytics in teaching and learning.

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In his inaugural lecture - The power of learning analytics to give students (and teachers) what they want!, Professor Bart Rienties will focus, in particular, on how his research in learning analytics aims to understand how we can provide a better learning experience for each student based upon big and small data.

Date: Tuesday 30 January, 2018

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Venue: The Open University, the Berrill Lecture Theatre, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

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Bart Rienties is Professor of Learning Analytics at the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) at The Open University. He is programme director Learning Analytics within IET and head of Data Wranglers, whereby he leads a group of learning analytics academics who conduct evidence-based research and sense-making of Big Data at the OU.

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, Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, and the role of motivation in learning. Furthermore, Bart is interested in broader internationalisation aspects of higher education. He has successfully led a range of institutional/national/European projects and received a range of awards for his educational innovation projects.

Bart is World Champion Transplant cycling Team Time Trial 2017, the first academic with a transplant to be promoted to full professor, and a keen explorer of life.

In The power of learning analytics to give students (and teachers) what they want! Bart will describe how his research into learning analytics is enabling him to predict which learning strategy might work best for each student, and provide different, unique experiences for each depending on what they want. In particular, he will explore how student dispositions like motivation, emotion, or anxiety encourages or hinders effective online learning, and how we may need to adjust our approaches depending on individual differences.

Event programme:

18:00 - 18:45  – The power of learning analytics to give students (and teachers) what they want!

18:45 - 19:00  – Q&A

19:00 - 19:45  – Drinks Reception

There will be time for questions and comments. We very much hope you will be able to attend what promises to be an inspiring event and have your say.

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    If you are viewing the event by livestream, please do take the opportunity to have your questions answered by our speakers LIVE during the event by posting in the OpenLearn comments box below this article.

Study with the OU:

MA in Online and Distance Education
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