Simon Buckingham Shum is based at the UK Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute, where he is Professor of Learning Informatics, Associate Director (Technology), and leads the Hypermedia Discourse group. He is also a Visiting Fellow at University of Bristol Graduate School of Education. He researches, teaches and consults on learning analytics, social learning media, collective intelligence and dialogue/argument visualization. He was Programme Co-Chair for the 2012 Learning Analytics conference, a co-founder of the new Society for Learning Analytics Research, and is a regular invited speaker on the topic. He brings a human-centred computing perspective to the challenge of building analytics, collective intelligence and sensemaking tools, informed by a longstanding interest in discourse modelling and argument visualization.
Maarten de Laat is professor and director of the Networked Learning research programme at LOOK – Scientific Centre for Teacher Research, Open Universiteit Nederland. His research concentrates on professional development, knowledge creation and sharing through social networks and the impact ICT-tools and online interaction has on the way these networks work and learn. He has published and presented his work extensively in research journals, books and conferences. He is co-chair of the International Networked Learning Conference and has participated in the organisation of several workshops on connecting levels and methods of analysis in networked learning research and learning analytics for the CSCL, HICSS and LAK conferences.
Anna De Liddo is a research associate in the Knowledge Media Institute of the Open University (Milton Keynes, UK), where she works on the socio-technical factors influencing the design and uptake of Online Deliberation and Collective Intelligence infrastructures. These are online systems that seek to improve collective awareness of the changing environment, and collective capacity to make sense of complex issues. She has a particular interests in knowledge construction through discourse, and the role of technology in scaffolding dialogue and argumentation in contested domains. The approaches she works with are network-centric, modelling and visualizing ideas and arguments as networks of nodes that can be analysed for topographical and semantic patterns. These interests lead to specific research on the potential application and impact of discourse-centred & visual learning analytics.
Rebecca Ferguson is a lecturer and data wrangler in the UK Open University’s Institute of Educational Technology, where she and researches initiatives to improve pedagogical understanding of learning in online settings, designs analytics to support the assessment of learning in these settings, and extends the university’s ability to support learning in an open world. She is a co-author of the university’s annual Innovating Pedagogy series of reports, and of a book, Extraordinary Education, due for publication by Palgrave in April 2014.
Denise Whitelock is professor in technology-enhanced learning and assessment at The Open University’s Institute of Educational Technology, specialising in building feedback models for e-assessment systems. Her current, EPSRC-funded, work focuses on development of an effective automated interactive feedback system that yields an acceptable level of support for university students writing essays in a distance or e-learning context. She has chaired the Computer Assisted Assessment Conference since 2010. She holds a visiting Chair at the Autonoma University, Barcelona, and at the British University in Dubai, as well as an Honorary Research Fellowship at The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. She was the Joint coordinator for the Assessment SIG (2005-2009) for the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) and was elected to serve for another three years as a member of the governing council of the Society for Research into Higher Education.