After many months of preparation, we had a successful summit on how data analytics can be used to positively impact a student’s experiences. Understanding and practicing predictive analytics will help educators further engage with students and cater the educational experience to enhance student success. A special thanks to all of our speakers and presenters, our partners, the Kresge Foundation, Achieving the Dream, Civitas Learning, and PAR. We kicked off the event on Monday evening with a warm welcome from UMUC president Javier Miyares, who challenged us to lead by using analytics and collaboration. This was followed by an inspiring keynote from Mark Milliron, co-founder and chief learning officer at Civitas Learning. Dr. Milliron shared the art and science of student success and asked the attendees to become part of the informed student success scientist community that is needed to graduate a million more students.
UMUC provost Marie Cini kicked off day two. Linda Baer and Donald Norris led a multi-part, hands-on workshop throughout the last two days to provide attendees with an analytics toolkit. William F.L. Moses of the Kresge Foundation gave a fantastic keynote during lunch. Our Tuesday evening keynote on organizational change came from Bill Law and Jesse Coraggio, both of St. Petersburg College. We started day three with a great talk from David Soo of the U.S. Department of Education. Laura Meeks, president of Eastern Gateway Community College, shared her change and growth strategies for success and helped us remember that focusing on success and improvement with data is all about the students.
Finally, thanks to all of our breakout session speakers and panelists including Matthew Pistilli, James Willis, Allen Richman, Kathleen Wessman, Alexandra List, Denise Nadasen, Greg Ogle, Karen Swan, Sandy Daston, Russ Little, Peter Shea, J.B. Arbaugh, Ben Passmore, Victoria Lock, Jeff Grebinoski, Beth Davis, Scott James, Darren Catalano, Ellen Wagner and Rob Robinson.
And we thank the attendees, who listened, asked questions, and networked. We believe that this small effort helped improve the conversations and knowledge needed for higher education to be more effective in using learner analytics. We are inspired by all who participated and look forward to growing a community that uses analytics to drive student success.
With an active conversation happening on Twitter and Instagram, using #innovatelearning, please take a look at what our speakers and attendees had to say throughout the three day Learner Analytics Summit. Have anything to add? Please share your comments.
— UMUC (@UMUC) July 24, 2014