Welcome to the web home of the Illinois Learning Analytics Group! We constitute an interdisciplinary team with diverse interests with computer scientists, an educational psychologist, a quantitative psychologist and an award-winning instructor — all committed to fundamentally understanding learner behavior in online courses and transforming learner experience. Our current focus is on the creative design and use of  learning analytics for understanding pedagogical issues and their effects on learners in online courses (STEM in particular). For more details on our experiments, visit our publications page.

If you are a motivated student looking to enhance your research experience, we need you! Email hsv2@illinois.edu to let us know you are interested! 

Current Projects

  1. Underrepresented Student Learning in Online Introductory STEM College Courses, IES Goal 1: Exploration project (2018-2021), grant no. R305A180211.
  2. Understanding Learning Behavior Patterns in MOOCs to Support Early Interventions, ILSDI (2016-2017).
  3. Supporting Learning in Online STEM Courses.
  4. Challenges to Statistical Modeling of Engagement in Online Courses.
  5. Online Learning for Underrepresented STEM Students: Discourse Patterns and Community Formation

Recent Activities

  • A talk by Hannah Valdiviejas Cohn, Nigel Bosch, and Michelle Perry was given at the Educational Psychology department’s brown bag discussion titled “Expression of Metacognition in Online STEM Courses: Functions and Effects” at University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in April 2019
  • A paper written by Wes, Nigel, Carolyn, Michelle, Suma, and Naj was presented at the International Conference on Educational Data Mining in Buffalo, NY in July 2018
  • A poster written by Nigel, Wes, and Naj was presented at the International Conference on Educational Data Mining in Buffalo, NY in July 2018
  • A paper written by several members of our group was presented at Learning@Scale in London, UK in June 2018
  • Lawrence presented a paper written by our group at SIGCSE in Baltimore in February 2018
  • A paper from our project was presented at Technology, Mind, and Society 2018 in Washington, DC in April 2018
  • Lawrence, Nigel, and Wes presented lightning talks at the University of Illinois University Data Summit in August 2017

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