Dispositional Learning Analytics wkshp

TODAY at LASI13, Stanford University…

Full details including background papers and websites:


This LASI workshop does not assume any prior knowledge of learning dispositions, although background papers and resources are provided in advance for those who wish. The goal is to forge new connections between people already working in the field, and spark new conversations for the rest of LASI and beyond, hopefully, growing into new initiatives.


  • introduce research on how students’ and educators’ dispositions to learning can shape outcomes
  • describe software tools grounded in that research, which enable the techniques to be deployed at scale
  • review the impact of such tools on learners and educators show how, as a by-product of web delivery, one can build quality datasets
  • describe how this data is amenable not only to traditional educational analysis, but explore the prospects for using machine learning and big data approaches
  • consider user interfaces which enable different stakeholders (eg. learners; educators; researchers) to interact with that data coherently
  • looking to the future, what ideas can we brainstorm for the tough questions this field faces, e.g. Can we develop dispositional analytics based on learners’ activity traces (rather than self-report)? Can we move from analytics, to recommendation engines able to make timely interventions for educators, or guidance to learners?


Organiser: Simon Buckingham Shum – Professor of Learning Informatics, Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

Ruth Deakin Crick – Reader in Systems Learning & Leadership, Centre for Systems Learning and Leadership, Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, UK

Chris Goldspink – Director and Chief Scientific Officer, Incept Labs, Sydney, AUS

Nelson González – Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, PiersonLabs, San Francisco, USA

Dave Paunesku – Founder, PERTS Lab, & Dept. Psychology, Stanford University, USA


2pm: Welcome Simon Buckingham Shum

2.15pm: Dispositional Learning Analytics: Learning Power & Complex Systems Ruth Deakin Crick and Simon Buckingham Shum

2.35pm: Open discussion

2.45pm: Measuring & Changing Student Psychology Online: Lessons from a Scale-up Project Dave Paunesku

3.05pm: Open discussion

3.15pm: Layers, Loops and Processes: Multi-level Analytics in Learning Systems Chris Goldspink and Ruth Deakin Crick

3.35pm: Open discussion

3.45pm: Learner Dispositions: Big Data Meets Focused Social Science Research — Nelson Gonzáles, Chris Goldspink and Ruth Deakin Crick

4.05pm: Open discussion

4.15pm: Closing discussion on key issues, and where next?

4.30pm: Close

…sparking many conversations for the rest of the week, and beyond!…



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