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With access to five years of course data, students create new apps at the Learning Analytics Hackathon

  Over 50 students, researchers, and instructors attended UBC’s sixth learning analytics hackathon on November 2 and 3, spending the weekend creating apps and dashboards to improve student learning and experiences. Learning analytics is an emerging field that aims to use educational data – such as activity data generated in learning management systems like Canvas […]

Join us for an Introduction to Learning Analytics on December 3

Join us for an Introduction to Learning Analytics on December 3

  UBC faculty members are invited to join us on Tuesday, December 3 for an introduction to learning analytics. This hands-on workshop will provide an overview of the emerging field of learning analytics and introduce learning analytics dashboards and tools for instructors that are designed to help you improve teaching and learning activities in your […]

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Workshop – November 7: Introduction to the Canvas API for Instructors

Did you know that Canvas has an API (Application Programming Interface) that allows users to interact with Canvas using code? All UBC students, faculty, TAs, and staff are able to access the Canvas API simply by virtue of having a Canvas account. In this workshop, instructors will learn how to access the Canvas API and […]

October 16 Workshop: Using OnTask to Provide Personalized Feedback

October 16 Workshop: Using OnTask to Provide Personalized Feedback

This workshop provides an introduction to OnTask, a learning analytics tool that enables instructors to send students timely, customized messages based on the metrics that they set for their courses. Feedback can range from targeted suggestions for students at-risk to enrichment opportunities for high achieving students. Following the workshop, faculty members who wish to pilot […]

Timothy McKay on Putting Data to Work at the University of Michigan – Video

Timothy McKay on Putting Data to Work at the University of Michigan – Video

  On June 20, Timothy A. McKay visited UBC to share his experiences using learning analytics to explore equity and improve learning at the University of Michigan. More than 60 graduate students, faculty, and staff attended McKay’s keynote, which kicked off UBC’s Afternoon of Learning Analytics event. A professor of physics, astronomy, and education, McKay was […]

OnTask: A Case Study

OnTask: A Case Study

Feedback from instructors is an important component of students’ academic success. However, increasing class sizes and increased demands on instructors’ time make it difficult for instructors to provide timely, personalized feedback to students. One solution is to use learning analytics tools to provide higher quality feedback to students more efficiently. Personalized feedback and OnTask OnTask […]

Learning Analytics + Canvas API Hackathon – Video

Learning Analytics + Canvas API Hackathon – Video

  UBC’s fifth learning analytics hackathon took place on March 29 and 30, bringing more than 100 students together to gain experience analyzing and visualizing educational data while exploring the emerging field of learning analytics. A relatively new area for most universities, learning analytics involves analyzing the data that’s increasingly generated through online courses — such as […]

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June 2019: Learning Analytics Summer Institute Comes to UBC

This June 17-19, 2019, the Learning Analytics Summer Institute (LASI) is coming to UBC. This is the first year LASI will be held in Canada! LASI will be co-hosted by the Society for Learning Analytics Research, the University of British Columbia, and Simon Fraser University. Learn more + register The Learning Analytics Summer Institute (LASI) […]

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Apps for students, by students, at the Canvas API Hackathon

UBC held its first learning analytics hackathon focused exclusively on the Canvas API on Oct. 27-28, bringing together more than 100 students who signed up to spend their weekend creating apps and dashboards for Canvas, UBC’s new online learning platform. The Hackathon gave students an opportunity to learn about and explore the Canvas API (application […]