27 - 28 June, 2018 | Bayview Eden, Melbourne, VIC

Conference Day One: Wednesday, 27 June 2018

8:30 am - 9:00 am COFFEE & REGISTRATION


Professor Kris Ryan

Academic Director
Education Innovation Monash University

9:10 am - 9:50 am CASE STUDY: Joint Plenary Session with Student Retention and Success: Supporting Student Success Across the Lifecycle at the University of Wollongong- Transition and Support

Tracey Todd - Manager Student Support and Transition, University of Wollongong
David Fulcher - Educational Analytics Lead, University of Wollongong
The University of Wollongong recognised that student access and transition is an important factor in student retention and success. To improve access, transition, retention and success a comprehensive range of mentoring, co-curricular and proactive student support activities have been made available to students with the aim of overcoming student barriers early and providing students with the information, skills and wrap around support for success. This Lifespan approach to student retention and success has been facilitated by the integration of learning analytics.

In this session David and Tracey will explain:

  • The diverse challenges faced when adopting such an approach
  • How learning analytics capabilities are closely linked to proactive support of atrisk students
  • The process of assembling easy touse infrastructure which is making the technology more accessible to academics.

Tracey Todd

Manager Student Support and Transition
University of Wollongong


David Fulcher

Educational Analytics Lead
University of Wollongong

9:50 am - 10:30 am CASE STUDY: Joint Plenary Session with Student Retention and Success : How Brisbane Grammar School is Building a Data Literate Team to Keep up with the Digital Age

Steve Uscinski - Deputy Headmaster- Teaching and Learning, Brisbane Grammar School
Brisbane Grammar School is prioritizing improving the data literacy of staff, particularly in terms of using learning analytics to target where interventions in student learning can be best directed. The Deputy Headmaster, Steve Uscinski will share the school’s journey into the implementation and management of learning analytics in a 5-12 school. He will highlight the power of data visualization, the lessons learnt and the challenges involved in transforming the student and teacher experience.

In this session he will elicit insights into:

  • Investigating the Tableau platform and its power of visualization
  • The impact of capturing and representing data visually and how this can be used to improve student performance
  • Evaluating current learning analytics approaches and solutions for both teachers and students
  • Understanding and working with a broad spectrum of staff capacity

Steve Uscinski

Deputy Headmaster- Teaching and Learning
Brisbane Grammar School

10:30 am - 11:00 am Speed Networking

11:00 am - 11:30 am MORNING TEA & NETWORKING BREAK

11:30 am - 12:10 pm Students, Teachers and Universities! Key Findings from Various Stakeholders to Improve Academic and Student Engagement

Professor Deborah West - Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching Innovation, Flinders University
Big data is not about the data, but rather how it is used to help us make decisions and make improvements in our practices. With over 20 years of experience in higher education, Deborah West will address the challenges in learning analytics from an institutional, academic/teaching and student perspective. She will bring together her findings from various projects to explore:

  • Various stakeholder perspectives on institutional readiness and the use of learning analytics
  • Key challenges to meet needs of various stakeholders
  • How to understand, translate and apply the insights gathered from research

Professor Deborah West

Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching Innovation
Flinders University

It is more critical than ever to make a difference in the education of current students and lifelong learners as both students and educational institutions bear the increased costs of poor performance and dropout. Jenny McDonald will present a case study on a new language processing platform designed to support teachers to enhance student learning. With illustrations from three common teacher workflows, Jenny will demonstrate opportunities to enhance student learning through the application of practical text analytic techniques

This session will show you how to:

  • Evaluating short-form student writing at scale
  • Identifying common misconceptions
  • Addressing pedagogenic errors (i.e. problems related to teaching errors)
  • Exploring student understanding

Dr Jenny McDonald

Director Quantext and Honorary Academic at the Centre for Learning and Research (CLeaR)
The University of Auckland

12:50 pm - 1:50 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

1:50 pm - 2:30 pm Identifying Learning Analytics Techniques and Data Measures to Create an Adaptive Learning Environment

Cassandra Colvin - Manager - Learning Analytics, Charles Sturt University

Cassandra Colvin

Manager - Learning Analytics
Charles Sturt University

2:30 pm - 3:10 pm Making Learning Analytics A Reality: A Strategic Outline to Build your Holistic Framework to Enhance Data Flow and Flexibility

Timothy Scott - Learning Analytics Manager, TAFE Digital
With over 100, 000 students enrolling each year, there needs to be a common language between the data sets and its end-user. TAFE Digital is building a Learning Analytics Framework to ensure the chance of optimal learning and teaching experiences. Tim Scott believes it is about building a solid backbone of strategic drivers, data and enabling infrastructure that will free learning analysts to experiment with new ideas and allow them to develop those that work.

This session will show you how to:

  • Implement the elements : Building a backbone, strategy, analytical method and team to deploy and operate the learning analytics framework
  • Case Studies of experimental examples
  • Leverage digital platforms and technology to enhance your capacity to distribute and translate data
  • Integrate data security and ethical protocols to enhance the capacity to share data

Timothy Scott

Learning Analytics Manager
TAFE Digital

3:10 pm - 3:40 pm AFTERNOON TEA

3:40 pm - 4:20 pm Evidence of Impact: The Student Relationship Engagement System (SRES)’s Evaluative Progress on Empowering the Instructor- Student Interactions with Student Data

Danny Liu - Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney
The SRES is built, run and supported by a team of teachers at the University of Sydney. Over its 6 years of its implementation at Sydney and recently at Melbourne and UNSW, we can now assess the program’s impact on how teachers have created personalized learning environments with targeted feedback and support. This session will evaluate this learning analytics tool and how we can strategize against any present and future obstacles.

This session will show you how to:

  • Collect, analyze and act on data using the SRES to better engage student
  • The impact of having the right data at the right time and place on both student and teacher experience, and performance
  • The challenges faced with the SRES
  • Meeting the real teaching and learning needs by iterating teacher’s need and acting on real data

Danny Liu

Senior Lecturer
University of Sydney

4:20 pm - 5:00 pm CHAMPAGNE ROUNDTABLE: Let’s Talk about Student Tracking and Privacy and its Impact on Students’ Futures

As Learning Analytics is becoming increasingly popular to improve learning and teaching qualities and to reduce attrition rates, there are concerns about the student’s privacy and its long term impact. Students may not think twice about it but their unique data pattern can be tracked, recorded, reviewed and logged.

  • Explore the long term effects this approach will have: What if there is a security breach? How will this data affect the students in the future?
  • Updating the legislation to the changing approaches of the way we collect data
  • Using mobile devices to collect emotional data, eye movement and body poses to tailor individual educational

Professor Kris Ryan

Academic Director
Education Innovation Monash University

5:10 pm - 5:10 pm Networking Drinks