Past and future steps

Less than one year is now left for the conclusion of the AnalyticsAI project. At the end of January, we met with project partners in Turku to survey the current issues of the project. 

To date, much has happened in the project's one and a half years of operation. Work began in the fall of 2018 with workshops to identify student and staff user needs, held at the project’s universities across the country. The workshops were followed by a survey, in the spring of 2019, which further complemented the information on data analytics needs.  

Based on the data collected, the project has started to produce its own AnalyticsAI application as well as analytical tools for the University of Oulu in-house teacher-tutors. In addition, research has been also conducted on analytics legal issues, university-level policy work, risk identification, and the predictive use of analytics

At the meeting in Turku, the focus was on the next steps, with particular emphasis to the ongoing application development and piloting. During the current year, we will be focused on piloting the project application. In the spring, we will start with the student’s view of the application, while the views of the instructors and management will be piloted in the autumn. Pilots from different universities will be recruited and the target groups informed, as they become relevant. 

We also want to disseminate the results of the project to a wider audience and, as as such, we will be conducting three webinars in 2020. The topics and times can be seen below and more detailed links are welcome on these pages as well as on the project’s other channels. 

  • Privacy Policy, Risk Assessment and Impact Assessment, 21.4.2020, 2:00 – 3:00 pm 
  • AnalyticsAI app, Student Dashboard, 27.05.2020, 1:00- 2:00 pm 
  • Study path as a service path - Perspectives on analytics, 18.8.2020, 1:00- 2:00 pm 

In addition, an open networking meeting on learning analytics will be held in conjunction with the Oulu Pedaforum on August 19, 2020. Welcome aboard! 

Janne Mikkola 

University of Turku 

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