Simon Buckingham Shum is Professor of Learning Informatics at the University of Technology Sydney, where he is Director of the newly founded Centre for Connected Intelligence. He blogs at simon.buckinghamshum.net

Learning Analytics: Simon was Programme Co-Chair for the LAK12 Learning Analytics conference, and chaired the LAK13 Discourse-Centric Learning Analytics workshop and the LASI13 Dispositional Learning Analytics workshop. He is a co-founder, and serves on the executive of, the Society for Learning Analytics Research. He serves on the Open University’s Analytics Strategy Group, advises FutureLearn on MOOC analytics, and serves on the advisory groups for a variety of analytics initiatives in education and enterprise. His research interests are in discourse analytics for higher order cognition, and whether analytics can help build the learning dispositions and capacities needed to cope with complexity and uncertainty — the only things we can be sure the future holds. He was commissioned by UNESCO IITE to write their Learning Analytics policy briefing.

Background: He has a background in Psychology (B.Sc., York), Ergonomics (M.Sc., UCL) and Human-Computer Interaction (Ph.D., York/Rank Xerox EuroPARC), bringing a human-centred computing perspective to the challenge of building analytics, collective intelligence and sensemaking tools, informed by a longstanding interest in discourse modelling and argument visualization. He is committed to developing research-informed tools that practitioners can use, and is a founding member of the Compendium Institute, Learning Emergence and Global Sensemaking networks. He was Co-Founder and General Editor of the Journal of Interactive Media in Education, one of the early open, web-native e-journals. He was one of the Investigators on the OpenLearn programme which published thousands of hours of OU courses as Creative Commons open educational resources, was Director of the OU’s SocialLearn project (2009), and associated research (2010-12). In a schools (K-12) context he is Chair of Governors at Bushfield School. His work is funded from the UK research councils, industry, public sector and philanthropic bodies.

Elsewhere… I’m a lifelong learner husband to Jackie, dad to Tom, Jas and Jo, was a moderate tennis player, a university darts champion many moons ago, play a drumkit and cajon from time to time, am an annual pilgrim to Greenbelt Festival, and a founding member of Visions. The way to my heart is very simple: Thai and Tiramisu. I am slowly getting better at DIY, but usually end up injuring myself!


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