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Bridging the gap between Networked Learning and Learning Analytics

Frederik Victor Kobbelgaard and Daria Kilinska


Intended Audience

The intended audience for this workshop is anyone, be that researchers or practitioners, who is interested in Networked Learning and/or Learning Analytics. Prior knowledge of methodologies used in the fields is preferred but not necessary. The most important trait is a curiosity towards influencing and, hopefully, furthering the practices of both fields.

Workshop Description

Learning Analytics is a field that is constantly evolving, encompassing new perspectives and expanding into other research fields. This workshop was inspired by the 2012 call for action from Rebecca Ferguson in which she called for building stronger connections to the learning sciences (Ferguson, 2012). Although this call has not remained unanswered, we still find this connection to be insufficient to foster the development of technological solutions needed in the future. This is where the Networked Learning community comes into play. During this workshop, we wish to discover, reflect on and build connections joining the two fields, in the hope that a better understanding of what Networked Learning can offer the Learning Analytics community and vice versa will foster beneficial and productive collaborations in the future.
The workshop will comprise of three phases:

  1. An introduction to the field of Learning Analytics and some of the historical challenges herein.
  2. A session inspired by design thinking in which participants will go through four time boxed iterations:
  3. A short wrap-up

The participants will discuss the present and future perspectives for inter-collaboration between the fields of Learning Analytics and Networked Learning. This will be done through activities inspired by design thinking and the Double Diamond design model by Design Council UK (Design Council UK, n.d.). Four activities will be carried out:
1) Brainstorm
2) Mapping of ideas and inspirations to form inter-connectivity between the fields
3) Choosing and preparing insight for presentation
4) A brief presentation and discussion of chosen insights.




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