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Hi, everyone. The countdown to Symposium continues!

In this update, we will tell you about the Symposium’s Learning Analytics Track and the Live Updates Page.

Learning Analytics Track
Learning analytics is the use of learner-produced data, analytical models, and information visualization to support educational decision making and improve student success, and there are several opportunities to learn more about learning analytics at the Symposium. There is a track of learning analytics sessions, including:

– 11:00-11:45 a.m., Room 203: Deconstructing Learning Analytics: Examples and Applications for Teaching and Learning, by Simon Hooper, assistant professor of education (INSYS); Chris Millet, assistant director, Education Technology Services; Bart Pursel, faculty program coordinator, Education Technology Services
– 12:45-1:30 p.m., Presidents Hall 1-4, Lunch Keynote: The Role of Learning Analytics in Teaching and Learning, by George Siemens, associate director of the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University
– 1:45-2:30 p.m., Room 205, Keynote Q&A with George Siemens
– 2:45-3:30 p.m., Room 207, Learning Analytics Panel Discussion, moderated by Allan Gyorke, assistant director Education Technology Services and featuring Janet May Dillion, associate director, educational and institutional analytics, Penn State Academic Outreach; Michael Dooris, executive director, Penn State Office of Planning & Institutional Assessment; Bill Goffe, senior lecturer in economics

Millet had the following to say about the track:

“Students generate an enormous amount of data throughout their journey through college. Learning analytics aims to use this data to identify patterns and inform faculty and students of strategies that can optimize their teaching and learning – improving student success and increasing completion and retention rates. The Symposium Learning Analytics track will provide a broad overview of this field, covering its techniques, privacy and ethical issues, and applications and examples.”

Live Updates Page
There will be an amazing amount of information shared at the Symposium, and we know that you won’t be able to attend every session or be a part of every discussion. We have arranged several ways for you to stay involved with everything that is happening at the Symposium during the day of the event and after.

On Saturday, March 16, the home page of our Symposium website (http://symposium.tlt.psu.edu) will change to a live update page that will include live streaming video of the Lunch Keynote by George Siemens, as well as all sessions in Room 207. Also, there will be an updated slideshow of photos taken throughout the day, and a stream of tweets tagged with #tltsym13. All sessions will have audio recordings that will be posted along with the archived ustream videos on the Symposium website after the event.

In addition to tweeting about the event, we hope you will share any photos or videos you take throughout the day as well. You can easily add your photos to the Flickr slideshow that will appear on the Symposium live update on the website by emailing them to sent44hand@photos.flickr.com. Use the e-mail subject line to give your photo or video a title and the body to add a description. If you plan to upload photos to your personal Flickr account, please tag them with tltsym13.

Finally, please let any of your colleagues who may be interested in the Symposium but are unable to attend know that they can still be involved and participate in the event by visiting our website, viewing the videos, photos, and tweets, and contributing their own thoughts and reactions.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s final update with helpful reminders for Saturday.

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