The head of the Learning Analytics Center at the University of Turku, Dr Mikko-Jussi Laakso, is coming to RMIT to discuss ways that technology can improve student performance in higher education.
The Learning Analytics Center at the University of Turku aims to advance the usage of learning analytics throughout the Finnish education system. In higher education it’s assumed that students who attend lectures do better in assessment tasks and the subsequent final exam, but we found that lecture attendance and student final exam performance were negatively correlated, while we also found there is a significant correlation between homework exercises and final exam scores. Notably, using advanced computer assisted learning (CAL) helped novices to learn and perform well in the final exam and other assessment tasks.
To increase the amount of interaction in higher education, we have introduced Tutorial-Based Learning (TBL) on our courses. TBL is an educational method combining collaboration and active learning. Our studies have shown that utilizing TBL can increase learning performance statistically significantly and improve student motivation and active participation drastically. We also studied the factors related to general academic performance and found that a third of both the GPA and achieved amount of study credits (ECTS) are dependent on different background variables, such as students’ attitudes towards scrupulousness, money and work, health and stress, and family and friends. Our study showed how freshmen see their social and academic lives linked together, and verify how chronic fatigue is linked to both low self-esteem and late night completion of exercises.
About the speaker
Dr Mikko-Jussi Laakso holds a university research fellow position at University of Turku, Finland. He is also adjunct principal research fellow of RMIT University. His main research interest are automated assessment, immediate feedback, learning analytics, gamification, effect of collaboration in computer science education He heads the Centre of Learning Analytics and ViLLE team research group at University of Turku. The team develops ViLLE - the collaborative education tool platform.
Registration and bookings
Seminars are free and open to the general public. No booking is necessary, but you may register your interest via Facebook.