Charles Lang's research while affiliated with Teachers College and other places

Publications (11)

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Learning analytics defines itself with a focus on learner data, with corresponding goals of understanding and optimizing student learning. In this regard, learning analytics research, ideally, should be characterized by studies that make use of data from learners engaged in education systems, should measure student learning, and should make efforts...
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Considering that the central theme of learning analytics is data, there are uniquely strong benefits to sharing data, materials, and analysis code in this field. These open research practices facilitate transparency in research, and transparency can improve the quality of learning analytics methods, improve the reliability of findings, and improve...
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Learning analytics within schools has been a rising interest both with K12 education practitioners and within the research community. Although LA has its roots in higher education, the spread of technology-enabled data collection has been a phenomenon across all sectors of the education system. Analytics are routinely offered as part of education t...
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The following paper is a proof-of-concept demonstration of a novel Bayesian model for making inferences about individual learners and the context in which they are learning. This model has implications for both efforts to create rich open leaner models, develop automated personalization and increase the breadth of adaptive responses that machines a...
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Demo. In this submission we describe Bttn, a simple mobile data collection app for use in learning analytics education and research data collection. The app consists of a single button that can be assigned with any meaning that individuals or groups would like to collect data about. For example, emotional state (happiness), physical state (tired) o...
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The diversity of substantive expertise and analytical techniques encompassed by learning analytics can be a challenge for understanding and interrogating methodological choices. But active pursuit of methodological clarity is essential to productive multi-vocality. This was the focus of the LAK ’17 Methodology in Learning Analytics workshop from wh...
Conference Paper
In this paper we explore the potential role, value and utility of a personal code of ethics (COE) for learning analytics practitioners, and in particular we consider whether such a COE might usefully mediate individual actions and choices in relation to a more abstract institutional COE. While several institutional COEs now exist, little attention...
Conference Paper
Learning analytics is an interdisciplinary and inclusive field, a fact which makes the establishment of methodological norms both challenging and important. This community-building workshop intends to convene methodology-focused researchers to discuss new and established approaches, comment on the state of current practice, author pedagogical manus...

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... The gap between ideal and predicted expectations for this item was considerably large, indicating that this is a topic in need of institutional special attention, as they reveal stakeholders' desires that are seen as hard to achieve. This difference between ideal and predicted may be due to instructors' need for training and assistance in data interpretation [17,38]. In LATAM, LA initiatives are still scarce [5,7] and it is not common to have experts in LA or managers and instructors with data analysis and interpretation skills [14]. ...
... First, instructors should be well aware of the potential of using data for their needs, mostly to promote their students' learning and their own teaching; this topic should be explicitly taught (Gray et al., 2021;Mandinach & Jackson, 2012). Second, learning analytics implementations should be designed closely with instructors, in order to best fit their needs and thereby facilitate its usage (Hershkovitz & Alexandron, 2019;Michos et al., 2020;Wise & Vytasek, 2017). ...
... Few studies have been devoted to the examination of the role of different network configurations (Fincham et al. 2018; in the field of education. Recently, LA researchers have started to address this gap (Bergner et al. 2018). Fincham et al. (2018), for example, examined the influence of different tie extraction methods on a network structure and statistical metrics. ...
... The increasing relevance of digital working and people analytics to the HR profession, as indicated by their inclusion as core knowledge requirements in the UK Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development's Profession Map, indicate the need for learning about the ethical issues associated with analytics to be a fundamental feature of professional HR development curricula -the CIPD cite Ethical practice as a core behaviour, but without reference to technology ethics aspects (CIPD 2018). Developments in this area would mirror positive practice developed through academic ethics collaborations with professional accreditation bodies such as the Association for Computing Machinery, including through integration into education curricula (Lang et al. 2018;Wolf et al. 2019b). ...
... The idea for this special section emerged in the first Workshop on Methodology in Learning Analytics at LAK 2017 (Bergner, Lang, & Gray, 2017a;2017b). That gathering addressed two related challenges common to new interdisciplinary fields, namely boundary finding and epistemological identity. ...