Learning Analytics Forum Agenda with Session Descriptions

Using Learning Analytics
To Drive GME
Curriculum Design And Innovation

September 21, 22, & 23, 2022

12:30 - 4:15 P.M. EST

Date/Time (EST) Session Presenter Session Description
Wednesday, September 21      
12:30 pm Welcome, Introductions, and Forum Learning Goals Jeff Bieganek, Executive Director, MBA Roundtable  
12:40-1:20 Kickoff Presentation:

The End Game: How AI Can Guide You to Positive Outcomes 
Andrew Hannah - President, OThot, Adjunct Professor and Executive/Entrepreneur-in-Residence, University of Pittsburgh

What is your end game? Do you have a thoughtful and strategic plan of attack to help your students achieve their goals? Putting science behind decision-making can lead to success on many levels. In fact, campuses using artificial intelligence and machine learning are making informed decisions that increase enrollment by finding the best-fit students, developing curricula for improved learning outcomes, and helping ensure students’ long-term success.  

Participants will learn how this proven model can be applied at their schools as they design a roadmap based on predictive and prescriptive analytics to engage and enroll students, create a supportive learning environment, and ensure each student is on the right path toward success.  

1:20-1:30 Break    
1:30-2:15 Live Case – Academic Exemplar
Data: Our Dear Old Friend - Building a Data Culture to Support Learning Analytics Among Stakeholders
Janet Duck, Clinical Professor of Management and Organization & Director of Excellence in Teaching & Learning, Smeal College of Business, Penn State
Data in higher education is used in operations as well as academics although more often than not there are challenges when understanding academic data. Learning analytics is the foundation for using academic data for course improvement and as a compass for innovation of the future. This session will examine the traditional academic culture and leadership support of a data-informed initiative to support organizational change towards learning analytics. The Penn State Online MBA will be used as a live case-study where dashboards, visualizations and outcomes will be shared as an exemplar of Learning Analytics. 
2:15-2:45 Boardroom Breakout    
2:45-3:15 Debrief    
3:15-3:30 Break    
3:30-4:15 Moderated Panel – Team Territory

Pennsylvania State University Learning Analytics Team – Four Levels of Perspective
Cheryl Horten, Instructor and Teaching Support Specialist, Smeal College of Business, Penn State

Chris Millet, Senior Director of World Campus Learning Design, Penn State

Jess Resig, Senior Instructional Designer, Penn State University

Thursday, September 22
12:30 pm EST Welcome Back Jeff Bieganek
Executive Director, MBA Roundtable
12:40-1:20 Keynote Speaker – Industry Expert

Measure. Map, Recommend. Leveraging data to identify personalized pathways from education to employment
Kaj Pedersen
Chief Technology Officer, AstrumU
The lack of a linear path between education and career fills learners with uncertainty. This seismic shift has created a smaller pool of fee-paying learners, college affordability and alternative education options. When we focus on quantifying the value of learning and working experience we’re allowed to measure attributes, map pathways and recommend advancement.  Leveraging this trusted data provides the learner with advancement to greater economic mobility.
1:20-1:30 Break    
1:30-2:15 Live Case – Academic Exemplar
Paradise By The Dashboard Light: Realizing The Benefits Of Data Insights And Visualization
Tawnya Means, PhD
Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation and Chief Learning Officer, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Krista DeLeeuw, Learner Experience Analyst, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Casey Nugent, Director, Student Information Systems, Analytics, and Application Services, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
In this session, collaborators from two large research-based institutions will share their work on leveraging activity and performance data for insights (commonly referred to as dashboards). They have created dashboards using data from survey responses, class attendance, and LMS analytics to support the continuous improvement of their courses.
The session will begin with a discussion of the benefits and challenges from the perspective of administrators, instructors, and learners. The focus will be on the process of preparing to use dashboards and share strategies for building stakeholder connections, touch on challenges in decision making while building dashboards, explore piloting and using the insights with various stakeholders, demonstrate how those relationships were invaluable in delivering dashboards that addressed the needs of the learning community, and share best practices from a variety of institutions.
Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their own challenges and successes with dashboards and co-create an online resource for future reference.
2:15-2:45 Breakout    
2:45-3:15 Debrief    
3:15-3:30 Break    
3:30-4:15 Program Improvement: Making Data-driven Decisions

Christine MacKrell
Manager, Educational Solutions,  Higher Education Division, ETS

Ravi China, Associate Dean – Academics & Accreditation, School of Business and Public Administration, University of the District of Columbia

Brian Halsey - MBA Coordinator, Professor of Business Law, College of Business & Public Management, West Chester University

Katie Pedley, Director R&D Liaison Global Higher Education, ETS
Institutions must engage in systematic program assessment practices that measure achievement of learning competencies. Leveraging assessment insights, programs set themselves on the path toward continuous improvement. Learn about the ETS Major Field Test for MBA Programs and hear assessment practitioners discuss how they use the Major Field Test to help them satisfy accreditation requirements and create sustainable futures for their programs.
4:15 Close Program Jeff Bieganek
Executive Director, MBA Roundtable
Friday, September 23      
12:30 pm EST Welcome Back Jeff Bieganek
Executive Director, MBA Roundtable
12:40-1:20 Keynote Speaker – Industry Expert

Data Informed Student Success
Sandra Nagy, Managing Director, Future Design School

Sarah Prevette, CE0 & Founder, Future Design School
We are experiencing a global skills revolution, underscored by a need to demonstrate an adaptive, future ready mindset. Top employers are calling out for graduates equipped with transferable skills like problem solving in teams, data science and analytics, and creative solution design, and are seeking opportunities to develop their talent pipelines. Students, meanwhile, are in search of a postsecondary education experience that takes a wrap-around, holistic approach to meeting their diverse needs.
In this session, Sarah Prevette and Sandra Nagy, from Future Design School will draw on case studies from Higher Education Institutions and organizations that they support strategically and unpack how they are  using data analytics to drive student success through the building of these critical future ready skills. They will provoke your thinking about how data can be leveraged to inform iterative curriculum design and ensure ongoing engagement of students; while also helping them to build demonstrable evidence of growth that will help them attain their aspirational goals.
1:20-1:30 Break    
1:30-2:15 State of Accreditation (AACSB) Suzanne Mintz, Vice President of Accreditation, AACSB Join AACSB’s Suzanne Mintz, Vice President of Accreditation as she shares a series of insights on accreditation outcomes from 2021-2022. Topics such as assurance of learning, societal impact, general best practices, diversity & inclusion, etc. will be presented. Suzanne will share what you need to know going forward, what is on the horizon for accreditation, and how innovations of the future will align with the standards. This keynote session will include an in-depth review of the recently released State of Accreditation report so that you understand your next steps as an institution and how to move forward in your quality journey.
2:15-2:25 Break    
2:25-3:10 Utilizing learning analytics in Higher Education as indirect measures: driving continuous improvement
Anthony Devine, Associate Director of Learning & Teaching (Management), Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow

Karen Tarnoff, Assistant Dean for Assurance of Learning and Assessment, College of Business, Technology at East Tennessee State University
3:30 Forum Close Jeff Bieganek
Executive Director, MBA Roundtable

*Schedule, Agenda and Speakers Subject to Change