Formation x Design Hosts Australian Professor of Learning Informatics
Simon Buckingham Shum, professor of learning informatics and director of the new Connected Intelligence Centre at University of Technology Sydney, visited Georgetown March 23-24, 2015 as a part of the Formation by Design project. During his time on the Hilltop, Shum met with the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship and Designing the Future(s) stakeholders—as well as students enrolled in Vice Provost Randall Bass’s “The University as a Design Problem” course—to discuss learning analytics and the changing landscape of higher education. Shum’s visit culminated in an interactive workshop titled “Can You Tell from Someone’s Digital Profile If They’re Learning Deeply?” in which he led over 35 Georgetown faculty and administrators through an exploration of ways to use the analytics emerging out of various digital environments. Shum also began to unpack the implications of these perspectives for identifying and assessing Magis Measures data from students across diverse contexts.
Shum emphasized the need for campus practitioners to understand that any given set of analytics data does not simply speak for itself, but is tied to the worldview of the researcher. He urged the audience to choose which analytics to study and how they interpret them based on the learning outcomes most pertinent to the research question.