CSI’s academic research conference in Scottsdale offers three tracks: Education, Business and Behavioral Sciences: The Education Track provides a colloquium to share research that emphasizes inquiry, evidence-based practice, best practice and promising methods. Academic and action research on all education issues is welcome. The Business Track provides an assembly for business educators, professionals and practitioners to investigate academic and action research, discovery and evidence-based practice. Areas of study may include business, economics, management, accounting, law, ethics, management information systems, finance, foreign trade, international politics, instructional strategies, curriculum design and related subjects. The Behavioral Sciences Track provides a forum to explore research that perpetuates thought leadership and represents critical enrichment in the areas of addiction, adolescence and youth, adult development, psychology (applied, clinical, developmental, environmental, industrial/organizational, school), social work (clinical, school), human development, counseling and therapy, substance use/abuse, and related fields.
Learning analytics is a relatively new phenomenon in education. It involves analysing the online behaviour of students within an electronic learning environment or a digital learning and working environment. Analysing the data can help higher education institutions to gain a better understanding of:
- students’ study behaviour;
- the quality of the educational resources used;
- how the digital learning and working environment is in fact used;
- the quality of test items;
- student progress.
With over 64 high calibre entries the judging was extremely difficult.
Naace has no doubt about the impact that ICT can have on learning and teaching when used well by skilled and creative professionals. ICT makes a real difference to learner’s achievement and engagement; it offers access to resources that would otherwise be beyond the reach of any school or college, it allows communication and collaboration beyond the physical and temporal limits of the classroom; it allows learners to think more clearly and see the world from another perspective. Naace has a long standing history of supporting those working in education to use ICT to achieve the greatest possible impact, and now seeks to provide some formal recognition of outstanding work in this area.