Episode: Ep 145: Dr. Mary Ellen Dello Stritto and Dr. Mimi Recker on Learning Analytics and Big Data
Episode pub date: 2019-02-11
On this episode, guest host Dr. Mary Ellen Dello Stritto is joined by Mimi Recker, a professor in the department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences at Utah State University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. After a few years working as a software engineer in Silicon Valley (working on early Internet protocols), she earned her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Mimi worked for two years at the Georgia Institute of Technology and for four years at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, before finally joining Utah State University in 1998.
Mimi became Department Head of Instructional Technology & Learning Sciences in 2008, serving for 7 years. Her research focuses on helping the education sector take advantage of the benefits of cyber-learning and teaching. Over the years, this line of research, funded by the National Science Foundation and the Institute for Museum and Library Services, has involved a dynamic mix of faculty, post-docs, and graduate students from Utah State University, as well as colleagues from around the world.
When not working, you might find her on skis, in a kayak, on a bike, or on a cliff, exploring the natural beauty around Logan.
Segment 1: Learning Sciences and Analytics [00:00-19:10]
In this first segment, Mimi discusses the field of learning sciences, learning analytics in higher education, and big vs. traditional data sets.
Segment 2: Analyzing Big Data [19:10-35:06]
In segment two, Mimi shares statistical approaches for analyzing big data sets and her research on LMS data.
Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-03:45]: Mimi Shares Resources for Learning More About Learning Analytics and Big Data
In this bonus clip, the following resources are mentioned:
- Education Data Mining Conference
- Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference
- Journal of Educational Data Mining (JEDM)
- Journal of Learning Analytics (JLA)
- Krumm, A., Means, B., Bienkowski, M. (2018). Learning analytics goes to school: A collaborative approach to improving education. New York: Routledge.
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