Exciting times require exciting actions: Opportunities for learning analytics in higher education (George Siemens and Mark Milliron)

Exciting times require exciting actions: Opportunities for learning analytics in higher education (George Siemens and Mark Milliron)

Dr. Mark Milliron and Professor George Siemens
2pm, Tuesday 3 May 2016
Room IF 4.31/4.33, 
Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh

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Personalized learning is one of the main ideals that we all strive to provide for our students. Learning analytics, which aims to advance understanding and optimize learning and the environments in which learning happens, can help us develop adaptive and personalized learning plans for our students. Learning analytics makes use of users’ digital footprints which are analyzed to generate feedback for learners, instructors and administrators. Numerous higher education institutions worldwide have reported promising results from their adoption of learning analytics. Many successful businesses have also been created attracting much capital investment and growing at the unprecedented pace for educational technology industry. The field of learning analytics is built by a vibrant community of researchers who come from many disciplines such as learning sciences, neuroscience, psychology, medicine, machine learning, statistics, data mining, education, and policy.

Use this one of a kind opportunity to attend and participate in an interactive panel event where two world renowned pioneers of learning analytics, Professor George Siemens and Dr. Mark Milliron, will be discussing current state and trends in learning analytics from the research, institutional, and industrial perspectives. Discussion will include:

  • examples of the use of learning analytics in higher education and identified benefits;
  • examples of systemic adoption of learning analytics in higher education and impact on the quality of learning and teaching and institutional change;
  • major challenges identified in research, development and implementation of learning analytics in higher education that warrant future work; and

promising opportunities for learning analytics research, innovation in higher education, and business development and industry collaboration.


Dr. Mark David Milliron is Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Civitas Learning, an organization committed to helping the education field bring together the best of emerging technology, data science, and design thinking to help students learn well and finish strong. An award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant, he has worked with universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, foundations, corporations, associations, and government agencies across the country and around the world. In previous roles, Mark served as the Deputy Director for Postsecondary Improvement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; founding Chancellor of WGU Texas; Endowed Fellow and Director of the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development at The University of Texas at Austin; Vice President for Education and Medical Practice with SAS; and President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College.

He is a member of numerous boards and advisory groups, including the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), the Global Online Academy, and the   Texas Student Success Council. Past board service includes the American Council on Education (ACE), the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and Western Governors University. in 1999, The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education named Mark a Distinguished Graduate for his service to the education field. In 2007, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) presented him with its National Leadership Award; In 2011, the National University Technology Network (NUTN) named Mark the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award; and in 2013 he was inducted into the United States Distance Learning Association’s (USDLA) Hall of Fame.


Professor George Siemens researches, technology, networks, analytics, and openness in education. George is the Executive Director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab at University of Texas, Arlington and cross-appointed with the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University. He is also an Honorary Professor in the Moray House School of Education at the University of Edinburgh. He has delivered keynote addresses in more than 35 countries on the influence of technology and media on education, organizations, and society. His work has been profiled in provincial, national, and international newspapers (including NY Times), radio, and television. His research has received numerous awards, including honorary doctorates from Universidad de San Martín de Porres and Fraser Valley University for his pioneering work in learning, technology, and networks.

George is the founding President of the Society for Learning Analytics Research. He has advised government agencies Australia, European Union, Canada and United States, as well as numerous international universities, on digital learning and utilizing learning analytics for assessing and evaluating productivity gains in the education sector and improving learner results. In 2008, he pioneered massive open online courses (sometimes referred to as MOOCs). He blogs at http://www.elearnspace.org/blog/ and on Twitter @gsiemens.



Date of Event 
03 May 2016
Event Leader 
Dragan Gasevic
Room 4.31/33, Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh
Research Area 
Data Society
Event type