Institutional Members

SoLAR currently has 16 institutional members from all over the world: Australia, Singapore, Japan, New Zealand, United States, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands. You can read about some of our long-standing and brand new institutional members below.

If you are interested in becoming a 2020 Institutional member, please review our institutional member benefits and contact membership@solaresearch.org.

The Open University, Institute of Educational Technology

SoLAR member from 2012

Strengths

The OU’s main areas of learning analytics research are:

  • Connections between learning analytics and learning design
  • Social learning analytics
  • Ethical practice in learning analytics
  • Institutional implementation of learning analytics
  • Bringing together research evidence in the field

For peer-reviewed research in these areas, see http://bit.ly/2WhA5co

Initiatives that The OU is proud of...

University of South Australia, UniSA/ Teaching Innovation Unit and Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L)

SoLAR member from 2013

Strengths

UniSA has attracted many of the worlds’ leading researchers in learning analytics. The strength of our research lies in the breadth of research that is achievable through access to large scale organizational data sets. In particular we have strengths in models of organizational adoption, networked learning, social network analysis, machine learning, data mining, assessment and feedback, cognitive science, computational linguistics, and education. As such, our work is wide ranging and applied covering development of predictive models, optimizing feedback, student and teacher sensemaking, analytic dashboards, video analytics and networked models of learning, to name a few. Our approach to learning analytics revolves around the need to address challenges experienced by learners and teachers. Hence, our work first seeks to develop and test learning analytics innovations. The outcomes of this work are then piloted in practice for further evaluation and assessment of the factors that may impede adoption. The outcomes are then translated at scale for organizational adoption.

Initiatives that UniSA is proud of...

Victoria University of Wellington, Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Digital Futures)

SoLAR member from 2019

Strengths

We are at an early stage in our engagement with learning analytics but we have generated a strong analytics community that meets regularly through our ‘Learning Analytics Roundtable’. From developing a shared understanding of analytics and an identification of current institutional expertise and related projects we are now moving towards developing a number of pilots and workstreams targeting student success. One of our strengths has been open knowledge sharing and a willingness for multidisciplinary teams to take part in joint action, for example in the development of our Learning Analytics principles and associated analytics framework.

Initiatives the Victoria University of Wellington is proud of...

Indiana University, University Information Technology Services

SoLAR member from 2019

Strengths

Indiana University is comprised of 9 campuses, as well as IU Online. This diversity of learning environments, including over 90,000 students, is supported by a shared data architecture and information technology division, enabling quantitative analyses of teaching and learning at uniquely broad scales. IU is also a charter member of the Unizin consortium, and is committed to rigorous and responsible research that advances the Unizin data platform's promise of becoming the world's largest learning laboratory. At IU's flagship campus in Bloomington, the Center for Learning Analytics and Student Success (CLASS) actively supports faculty engagement with these data resources, helping to foster a culture of data-driven, evidence-based curricular decisions and instructional innovations. Across all these efforts, the learning analytics community at IU shares a common commitment to the university's educational mission of helping students of all kinds reach their potential and prepare for a lifetime of success.

Initiatives Indiana University is proud of...

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