Neuroscience and Learning Analytics: a historic leap in understanding learning?

Professor George Siemens, Director of the LINK Research Lab at the University of Texas, Arlington Co-presented with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Portfolio at the University of Sydney The past decade has solidified and advanced two important tracks in helping researchers understand learning: neuroscience and big data. Sophisticated imaging techniques allow insight into the functioning of the human brain that was until recently unimaginable. Small controlled studies are laying a foundation for a new science of learning.In contrast, big data, often generated in technological environments, presents researchers with fuzzier and messier data than what is common in neuroscience. The large N, however, offers tantalising insights into the social, affective, and meta-cognitive aspects of learning as it happens in authentic work and school settings.This presentation will explore the methodological differences that underpin…


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