Following footprints: Analysing students' digital interactions

Dean's Lecture Series 2015

Students' digital interactions – their clicks, the sequence of their actions and the time spent on tasks – are helping researchers understand student learning. When students interact with digital learning environments they leave digital footprints that can be logged, stored and analysed.

Professor Gregor Kennedy, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Educational Innovation) will detail University of Melbourne research that demonstrates how logging students' learning behaviours shows that students routinely fail to follow teachers' pedagogical intent. Logging students has also revealed how different curriculum designs constrain or liberate students' learning, and how students' study strategies significantly impact on their learning outcomes.

Professor Kennedy will conclude by detailing current research that shows how the application of "real-time analytics" can improve students' learning through the provision of timely feedback.