Beyond learning analytics: collaboration, interoperability and standards in higher education learning data

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We are at a key point for data and analytics in higher education, but if we want to ensure that it reaches its full potential we first need to facilitate a shared ‘data space’ in which the people and organisations who are vital to its success are able to come together and collaborate.

Now is the time to do this: as more institutions start collecting analytics data as new infrastructure, data and tools become available, we need to place data issues at the forefront.

In this joint workshop by Jisc and the Open University, we are inviting this diverse group of stakeholders to debate about what needs to happen in order to move this important research area forwards.

By the end of the session we hope to have made important steps towards more joined up working practices in learning analytics for research.


10:00 – 16:00, Thursday 3 November 2016
Hosted by The Knowledge Media Institute at The Open University

The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes

Directions      Campus Map     There is plenty of free parking on campus.

All sessions to be held in the Knowledge Media Institute

10:00 – 10:30 Arrival, registration and refreshments
10:30 – 10:35
Welcome and Introduction to the day
10:35 – 10-55 Towards an Education Dataspace: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities
Prof John Domingue, Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University
10:55 – 11:15 Towards a Shared Data and Analytics Architecture
– Dr. Phil Richards, Chief Innovation Officer, Jisc
11:15 – 11:30 Short break, tea / coffee
11:30 – 13:00 Presentations from workshop participants outlining current areas of work as well as ideas for future research and collaboration possibilities
– Facilitated by Niall Sclater

The University of Northampton – Jim Harris
The Open University – Quan Nguyen
The Open University – Garron Hillaire
University College London – Samantha Ahern and Steve Rowett
The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education – Lee O’Farrell
The Blair Project –  Marilyn Comrie
University of East London – Gary Tindell
The Open University – Mathieu d’Aquin
Leeds Institute of Medical Education – Gareth Frith
University of Greenwich – Karl Molden
OU Analyse – Zdenek Zdrahal
OU – TEL design team – Gerald Evans, Rafa Hidalgo, Edwina Jones
University of Cambridge – John Norman
OU IET – Patrick McAndrew
A personal quest to understand learning analytics – Niall Sclater

12:45 – 13:00 Manchester Metropolitan University – Professor Mark Stubbs
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch, networking
 14:00 – 15:15


Parallel session 1: Data
What datasets are you currently using? Which would you like to access in the future? How can we enable this?
 14:00 – 15:15


Parallel session 2: Technical
What is required to underpin our aims in order to enable interoperability, the use of shared standards and vocabularies?
 14:00 – 15:15 Parallel session 3: Cultural
What are the inhibitors to our goals? How can we overcome them?
 15:15 – 15:45
Feedback from parallel sessions and whole group discussion
 15:45 – 16:00
Plenary: Actions and next steps
 16:00 Close

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