Alyssa Wise: From Big Data to Big Impact: Designing Analytics that Make a Difference in Teaching and Learning @ Pless Hall, 5th fl. Conference Room

03/10/2016 10:00 am – 03/10/2016 11:00 am From Big Data to Big Impact: Designing Analytics that Make a Difference in Teaching and Learning Alyssa Wise, Simon Fraser Learning analytics use data traces of educational activity to inform and improve teaching and learning. In this presentation I overview several streams of my learning analytics research program focusing on the interconnected elements of deliberate data structures, theory-informed computation, accessible presentation, and action-oriented use. Central to each element is the notion of analytics design as a form of purposeful decision-making undertaken to help instructors, students, designers and administrators answer meaningful questions about teaching and learning and use data-informed reflection to improve their educational practices. Areas of focus in the talk will include the E-Listening Project, Starburst Interface, Aligned Design Framework, and MOOCeology Research. Dr. Alyssa Wise is Associate Professor and Coordinator for the Educational Technology and Learning Design Program at Simon Fraser University (Canada). She has over 15 years teaching and course-design experience including face-to-face, blended and online classes and has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings on topics relating to learning, technology and analytics. An integral member and contributor to both the Learning Sciences and Learning Analytics communities her active research program focuses on the design of analytics systems that are theoretically grounded, computationally robust, and pedagogically useful for informing teaching and learning. Recent projects include the development of “listening” analytics for how students attend to others’ contributions in online discussions, the use of linguistic modeling to automatically identify different types of contributions in MOOCs, and the development and validation of a design framework for supporting students’ learning analytics use. Dr. Wise holds a Ph.D. in the Learning Sciences and M.S. in Instructional Systems Technology, both from Indiana University, and a B. S. in Chemistry from Yale University.