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Vaclav Bayer

Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University

 Vaclav Bayer
Learning Analytics as a weapon in a fight against Awarding Gaps
This event took place on Wednesday 22 November 2023 at 11:30

In the ongoing quest for equitable education, the seminar "Learning Analytics as a Weapon in the Fight Against Awarding Gaps" will unveil a transformative exploration of Learning Analytics and its pivotal role in addressing the persistent challenge of awarding gaps in academic institutions.

This seminar will showcase research insights derived from a series of meticulously designed experiments built upon the OUAnalyse, the Predictive Learning Analytics (PLA) system that is being used by more than a third of educators at the Open University.

Our investigations delve deep into the core of Predictive Learning Analytics (PLA) to discern whether it truly fulfils its promise of enhancing students' success rates. We scrutinize not only the effectiveness of PLA but also its fairness, striving to determine if it provides equal opportunities for all learners.

Moreover, the seminar will cover the innovative development and evaluation of the awarding gap-detection dashboard. This dashboard represents a paradigm shift in education, enabling educators to identify and address awarding gaps across diverse educational levels comprehensively.

Our research not only sheds light on the potential of Learning Analytics to bridge awarding gaps but also underscores the critical importance of fairness and inclusivity in educational technologies. Join the seminar to learn more about how we harness the power of Learning Analytics to combat awarding gaps and create a more equitable educational landscape for all learners. Together, we can turn data into a potent weapon for positive change in education.

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