Keynote Speakers


“State and Directions of Learning Analytics Adoption”

By Professor Dragan Gasevic, Chair in Learning Analytics and Informatics, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland


The analysis of data collected from user interactions with educational and information technology has attracted much attention as a promising approach for advancing our understanding of the learning process.  This promise motivated the emergence of the new field learning analytics and mobilized the education sector to embrace the use of data for decision-making. This talk will first introduce the field of learning analytics and touch on lessons learned from some well-known case studies. The talk will then identify critical challenges that require immediate attention in order for learning analytics to make a sustainable impact on learning, teaching, and decision making. The talk will conclude by discussing a set of milestones selected as critical for the maturation of the field of learning analytics. The most important take away from the talk will be that

– systemic approaches to the development and adoption of learning analytics are critical,
– multidisciplinary teams are necessary to unlock a full potential of learning analytics, and
– capacity development at institutional levels through the inclusion of diverse stakeholders is essential for full learning analytics adoption.

Dragan Gasevic is a Professor and Chair in Learning Analytics and Informatics in the Moray House School of Education and the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He is the current president and a co-founder of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) and holds several honorary adjunct appointments in Australia, Canada, and USA. A computer scientist by training and skills, Dragan considers himself a learning analyst developing computational methods that can shape next-generation learning technologies and advance our understanding of self-regulated and social learning. Funded by granting agencies and industry in Canada, Australia, Europe, and USA, Dragan is a recipient of several best paper awards at the major international conferences in learning and software technology. Committed to the development of international research community, Dragan had a pleasure to serve as a founding program co-chair of the International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge in 2011 and 2012 and the Learning Analytics Summer Institute in 2013 and 2014. Currently serving as a founding editor of the Journal of Learning Analytics and the general chair of International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK2016), Dragan is a (co-)author of numerous research papers and books and a frequent keynote speaker. Recently, he has founded ProSolo Technologies Inc that supports personalized, competency-based learning through social interaction.



Understanding and managing information system conflicts”

By Professor Albert Boonstra, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business and Professor of Information Management, University of Groningen,
The Netherlands



Dilemmas, tensions and conflicts are an inherent part of organizational life and managers deal with this on an almost daily basis. Information system implementations are a type of change that often leads to open or hidden tensions and conflicts. Managers and others involved can only deal with such conflicts effectively if they understand the nature and causes of information system conflicts (IS conflicts). Despite this, in many situations, IS project managers demonstrate a low degree of ‘conflict sensitivity’. IS project proposals are frequently presented from an implicit unitarist view of organizations. Within this view, organizations are perceived to be essentially harmonious, with conflicts both unlikely and undesirable. As such, new information systems are often heralded as innovative and beneficial for the organization, and therefore as progress for all involved. For this reason, design and implementation plans often follow approaches that reflect a lack of awareness of conflicting characteristics of the IS. This keynote addresses the causes, the analysis and the management of IS conflicts. In so doing we both seek to advance theoretical understanding and practical insights that aim to help implementers to become more competent IS conflict managers.


Albert Boonstra is professor of information management and Vice-Dean in the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. His research focuses on the implementation and use of complex information systems directed to understand effective and ineffective management practices. The research is particularly focused on acceptance, resistance, stakeholder management, conflict, and the use of power and politics. He conducted extensive research in various industries, in particular in health care environments such as hospitals.His work has appeared in journals such as Information Systems Journal, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, European Journal of Information Systems and International Journal of Project Management.
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