Yi-Shan Tsai

Lecturer, Centre for Learning Analytics, Monash University

Yi-Shan Tsai is a lecturer in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University, Australia, and a member of the Centre for Learning Analytics at Monash (CoLAM). Before joining Monash, she was a research associate at the University of Edinburgh (2016-2020) where she had a lead role on several multinational projects, collaborating with a wide range of partners in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Australia. Her current research aims to enhance learning, teaching, and educational environments with the adoption of digital and data technologies. In particular, she investigates social-technical issues and pedagogical implications around the use of data in education from multi-stakeholder perspectives. Her work in this area has informed policy development for learning analytics in many higher education institutions and government institutions. The social-economic impacts of her work have been acknowledged widely, including the Learning Technology Research Project of the Year (The Association for Learning Technology) in 2019 and the Dean's Award for Research Impact (Monash University) in 2021. 

Yi-Shan is also interested in developing effective data-driven feedback and literacy based on educational theories and storytelling principles. As an interdisciplinary researcher, she has research expertise in areas including learning analytics, digital education, feedback, multimodal literacy, and reading cultures. She holds a PhD and an MPhil degree in Education from the University of Cambridge where she focused her research on children's engagement with multimodal texts including picturebooks and comic books.

Yi-Shan Tsai is a Fellow of UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA)(Advance HE) and an Honorary Fellow at the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh. She has served as an executive member of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) since 2019. She is currently a Vice President of SoLAR and a co-Chair of the communication working group (2021-2023).

Personal website: http://yi-shan-tsai.com/  Twitter: @yi_shan_tsai 

Email:  yi-shan.tsai@ed.ac.uk. Call on: 0131 651 6243

Seminar recording 'What can learning analytics do for us?'

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SHEILA project MOOC 

The 3-week MOOC based on the findings and research outputs of the EU-funded SHEILA (Supporting Higher Education to Integrate Learning Analytics) project will begin on Tuesday 20th November 2018.  The course will address areas of concern associated with the use of learning analytics such as responsibility, privacy, consent, accountability, adaptibility, interoperability, and personalisation.  It will also discuss the benefits (optimising learning strategies, personalising feedback) of integrating learning analytics in higher education.

SHEILA workshop

13th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning - SHEILA workshop 

Focus on: Yi-Shan Tsai

Yi-Shan Tsai, Research Associate

How long have you worked with the Centre?

I joined the team in 2016 to work on a cross-European project – SHEILA (Supporting Higher Education to Integrate Learning Analytics). Since 2018, I have started to work on two new projects: LALA (Building Capacity to Use Learning Analytics to Improve Higher Education in Latin America)and EMBED (Developing a European Maturity Model for Blended Education).

How do you see digital education and why do you think it's important?

Vox pops on robots

Children's thoughts on teaching automation

Will robots take over teaching at schools?  What aspects of teaching will they be good or bad at?  This video is based on a series of vox pops that invited children to tell us about their thoughts on robots in general, what it would be like to have a robot teacher, and what might a robot be like in twenty years from now.

'I think they're quite intelligent' 


'Might be a bit better at teaching becuase they know more answers to things'