Learning analytics and higher education development: Towards a research agenda

Workshop on Useful Data Bases and Analytical Tools

Speaker/facilitator: Dr Anatoliy Gruzd
Associate Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management
Ryerson University

Dr Anatoliy Gruzd is a Canada Research Chair in Social Media Data Stewardship, Associate Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University (Canada) and Director of the Social Media Lab. He is also a co-editor of a multidisciplinary journal on Big Data and Society published by Sage and a co-founder and chair of the International Conference on Social Media and Society. His research initiatives explore how the advent of social media is changing the ways in which people communicate, collaborate and disseminate information and how these changes impact the social, economic and political norms and structures of modern society.

Date: 7 July 2016 (Thursday)
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Venue: D0309, 3/F, Block D, Jubilee College, the Open University of Hong Kong, 81 Chung Hau Street, Homantin, Kowloon [Map]

As social creatures, our online lives just like our offline lives are intertwined with others within a wide variety of social networks. Each post on Weibo, comment on a blog or link to a Youtube video explicitly or implicitly connects one online participant to another and contributes to the formation of various information, communication and social networks. Once discovered, these networks can provide researchers with an effective mechanism for identifying and studying collaborative processes within any online community. However, collecting information about online networks using traditional methods such as surveys can be very time consuming and expensive. This workshop will explore automated ways to discover and analyze communication networks from social media, and will focus on how to use Social Network Analysis (SNA) to generate hypotheses and make inferences about formal and informal learning processes enabled by social media platforms. The broad goal is to provide researchers, educators and learners with tools and techniques that will help them to determine whether a particular use of social media is beneficial to teaching and learning. As part of the workshop, participants will learn how to use Netlytic (http://netlytic.org), a cloud-based text and social networks analyzer to collect, analyze and visualize publicly available online conversations from social media. The workshop will also cover how to use SNA to analyze communication networks discovered by Netlytic.

Enquiries: Hoyee Auyeung (The Open University of Hong Kong)
Tel: 2768 6051
Email: hauyeung@ouhk.edu.hk
Co-organized by: The Open University of Hong Kong
Caritas Institute of Higher Education
School of Professional Education and Executive Development, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

This event was fully supported by a grant from the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (UGC/IIDS16/H01/15).

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