Published: Automated Analysis of Reflection in Writing

The International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education just published my paper on the Automated Analysis of Reflection in Writing. It is currently freely available at Springer as OnlineFirst. Find it here: The paper brings together much of the research into this new area of research that seeks to understand whether automated methods can […]

PhD Studentships in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies

My institute – the Institute of Educational Technology – and the other Schools within the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) are offering full-time funded PhD studentships for an October 2019 start. The PhD programme is located in an environment that supports world-leading quality research. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) […]

PhD grants: Technology enhanced learning and learning analytics

Get one of the the Grand Union Innovation in Learning Doctoral Training Partnerships PhD Studentships with the the Institute of Educational Technology and the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education, and Language Studies at the Open University of UK. This programme is dedicated to supporting research into innovative approaches to learning, teaching and assessment. Its focus is […]

Using Qualitative Data for Driving Decision-Making at Scale QAA Event

On behalf of the QAA in Scotland, the University of Edinburgh invited all Universities of Scotland to present and provide input to the ‘Using Qualitative Data for Driving Decision-Making at Scale’ event on the 28th of November 2018 ( Professor Tina Harrison, the Assistant Principal Academic Standards and Quality Assurance of the University of Edinburgh, […]

Research Evidence on the Use of Learning Analytics: Implications for Education Policy

The EU published our report on ‘Research Evidence on the Use of Learning Analytics: Implications for Education Policy’: From the abstract: Learning analytics is an emergent field of research that is growing fast. It takes advantage of the last decade of e-learning implementations n education and training as well as of research and development […]

ReflectR – a tool to detect reflective thinking in texts

In my PhD I am researching methods to to detect reflection automatically . Based on a large body of sentences, which were manually labelled as either reflective or descriptive, I tested several text classification algorithms. Each classifier generates a model, which can be used to classify unseen text. Based on these models I built ReflectR. […]

KMi runs MOOC Analytics Workshop for Future Learning Academic Network

Last week Simon Buckingham Shum ran the first MOOC Analytics workshop for the Future Learning Academic Network (FLAN), the research network around the OU’s FutureLearn MOOC platform. I also contributed to this workshop with several presentations. Participants from universities across the UK, plus remote participants from New Zealand and Australia, joined a very stimulating event, […]

Co-citation analysis of the topic Social Network Analysis

Social Network Analysis as a research tool has already a long tradition and many articles have been published. For a recent collaboration with Rory Sie, Kamakshi Rajagopal, Karina Cela, Marlies Bitter-Rijpkema, Peter Sloep, and myself on Social Network Analysis in the area of technology-enhanced learning,  I prepared a co-citation analysis, which gives an overview of […]

The words of Technology Enhanced Learning – a SNA view

Nicolas Balacheff and his team had a dataset about all the terms from the TEL Open Archive (, which is a high quality paper archive of articles in the area of TEL. One of their aims of this excercise has been to find keywords for their TEL thesaurus: The dataset consists of a directed […]