Data Matters, 26-27 January 2021
Data Matters will provide a vision for the future, where we will be discussing key challenges and practical solutions that will enable us to accomplish that vision.
We will also be giving you insights as to what is happening now across the sector, offering you different perspectives from different voices across organisations.
We will be focusing on four key topics:
- Data and analytics in education
- Ethics, security and privacy
- Enhancing the student experience through data
- Data skills, literacy, capabilities and fluency
The programme will run across two days offering a mix of virtual content and networking opportunities.
Bart Rienties, professor of learning analytics, The Open University
Dr Bart Rienties is a professor of learning analytics and head of academic professional development at the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University UK. As associate director, he leads a group of academics who provide university-wide academic professional development and innovation courses and conduct evidence-based research of how professionals learn.
His primary research interests are focused on learning analytics, professional development, and the role of motivation in learning. He has successfully led a range of institutional/national/European projects, and has received a range of awards for his educational innovation projects. He has published over 200 academic outputs, and is the fourth most cited author and contributor in learning analytics in the period 2011-2018 (Adeniji, 2019).
Richard Prowse, deputy director service design, University of Bath
For over a decade Rich has worked with students and colleagues to design and develop better products and services through the application of human-centred design and the use of design thinking. As an advocate for the use of tech for good, he believes that the ethical application of new and innovative technologies has the potential to transform people’s lives; removing barriers to participation and improving the outcomes of students from lower-income families, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.
His specialities include the application of agile in a higher education context, the adoption of human-centred design-led practices, and the use of product management techniques to improve how teams design and develop experiences with others. He regularly shares his experiences and expertise at higher education conferences in the UK and the US.
Rich will be talking about using data to co-design digital products and services that work. This session will inform attendees about co-design and how gathering data with colleagues and students can help teams build better digital products and services. This includes using qualitative data to improve design decisions data to create a shared understanding of the problem qualitative data to measure the effectiveness of the service data to focus a team’s efforts.
Using data to drive digital capability development
Speaker: Gunter Saunders, associate director, digital engagement, University of Westminster.
Gunter has worked in higher education for over 30 years teaching and researching in microbial genetics and developing approaches for the integration of technology into teaching.
Gunter is a principal fellow of the Higher Education Academy, nationally recognized for his contributions to the support and development of learning and teaching, including classroom design. Gunter is currently leading the university’s development of technology-enhanced working and learning.
How you can use data to improve your own processes
- Andrew Cormack, chief regulatory adviser, Jisc
- David Reeve, head of information, data and analytics, Jisc
David and Andrew will explore ideas as to how you can use data to improve your own processes; and provide you with tools to perform both quick and in-depth assessments of whether those ideas are safe for those who use your spaces and systems.
Over the past twenty years there have been many new laws relevant to Jisc’s services, from the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As Jisc innovates in its use of technology and data, we also need to lead understanding of how laws can guide the development of those activities. Our experience of how technology works in large-scale practice also lets us contribute to the development of new laws - for example on defamation, criminal content and data protection - to make them more effective in protecting people, data and systems.
Data-led quality assurance and enhancement
Speaker: Ramita Tejpall, director of academic quality, BPP University Limited.
Ramita Tejpal is director of academic quality at BPP University, she is an experienced senior leader who has worked in the higher education sector for over a decade leading and influencing quality assurance and enhancement within the institutions and the sector.
She has an in-depth knowledge of quality assurance processes, OfS regulatory framework, QAA quality code, curriculum design and development using QAA and Apprenticeship Standards to meet the needs of employers, regional and national priorities. She is currently a member OfS’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Strategic Advisory Board and QAA’s membership advisory board.
Student perceptions of their learning experience
Speaker: Ruth Drysdale, senior project manager, Jisc.
Ruth has been part of Jisc’s digital student experience team since 2009 and researches students’ expectations and experiences of the digital environment in further and higher education. Ruth now also manages Jisc’s new digital experience insights service. This is a collection of student and staff surveys that investigate participants’ experience and attitudes in relation to their digital learning environment.
Enabling student achievement: using data to track and address differential achievement
Speaker: Professor Jane Owen-Lynch, pro-vice-chancellor (teaching and learning), University of Huddersfield.
Session details TBC.
Student-facing dashboards and student wellbeing
- Dr Liz Bennett, director of teaching and learning, University of Huddersfield
- Dr Sue Folley, academic development advisor, University of Huddersfield
This session will raise awareness of the range of students' emotional responses to dashboards and identify strengths and challenges of greater use of student dashboards. It will also identify practical approaches adopting dashboard in practice for attendees to implement within their own institutions.
Further keynote speakers and programme details will be available soon.