Date: 11 October 2016
Time: 10:00–11:00am Hong Kong time (02:00–03:00 GMT)
Video Replay: Online Replay
Speaker: Dr. Pete Smith
Chief Analytics Officer and Senior Associate Vice President, University of Texas at Arlington
Abstract: The University of Texas at Arlington is moving forward in the field of learning analytics, through “big data” models based on machine learning. UTA approaches the issue of learning analytics campus-wide in a way which integrates our newly-formed operational unit, University Analytics, with an internationally-recognized research lab, the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) facility. Utilizing data from the student information system as well as the campus LMS, faculty researchers and student support staff are building increasingly complex models of student engagement and student success. And early modeling in this area has underscored the importance of LMS data in particular—showing that, even for primarily on-campus learners, rich data from the learning management system is critical to any complex understanding of the learner in higher education today.
About the speaker: Pete Smith, as Chief Analytics Officer and Senior Associate Vice President of UTA, oversees the office of University Analytics, as well as the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) lab, a learning analytics research laboratory of the University. He previously served as Vice Provost for Digital Teaching and Learning. His teaching and research focuses on natural language processing, translation automation, and “big data” in education. His teaching includes oversight of UTA’s Localization and Translation certificate, offered to students of seven languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian) as an introduction to localization and the localization industry. Pete’s recent presentations and publications have centered on the role of big data in education and more comprehensive models of learning in complex environments such as higher education. And he was recently recognized by the United States Distance Learning Association with a national award for “Outstanding Leadership by an Individual in the Field of Distance Learning,” for his role leading UTA to become a recognized leader in online learning.