Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences professors Laurie Dringus, Ph.D., and Yair Levy, Ph.D., recently attended and presented during the Sloan-C 17th Annual International Conference on Online Learning in Orlando.
Dringus participated in an invited panel presentation session titled “Because We Can: The Era of Big Data,” with Phil Ice (American Public University), Karen Swan (University of Illinois-Springfield), Anthony Picciano (Graduate Center-CUNY), and Peter Shea (SUNY Albany). During the panel, Dringus presented “Learning Analytics Considered Harmful,” which discussed the objective to present a prospective stance on how learning analytics, as a core evaluative approach must help instructors uncover the important trends and evidence of quality learner data in online courses.
Dringus along with GSCIS alumnus David Shulman, Ph.D., the District Director of Learning Technologies at Broward College, presented on “B-AWARE: Awareness Systems for Enhancing Virtual Team Presence in Online Learning Environments.” This presentation explored how awareness systems enhance a sense of presence for virtual collaborators to effectively perform their tasks online. In the context of using social media and Web 2.0, the B-AWARE framework was presented that provides the best-of-breed awareness technologies that can increase student engagement, retention, and success in virtual team collaborations.
Levy’s presentation titled “Effective E-learning Security: Why Should We Even Care?,” discussed that while e-learning continues to flourish in universities and other educational institutions, security incidents, server breaches and associated misconduct incidents in such medium appears inevitable. His presentation provided a review of the leading research and emerging technologies to address misconduct in e-learning systems.