Following footprints: Analysing students' digital interactions

Dean’s Lecture Series 2015 Presented by Melbourne Graduate School of Education

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 Kennedy 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.

Gregor Kennedy is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Educational Innovation) at the University of Melbourne and a Professor in the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education.