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Students' mental wellbeing is a growing area of concern for HEIs. You have seen large increases in students declaring a mental health condition upon admission to UK universities. Is this just the tip of the iceberg?
The Universities UK #StepChange report calls for the alignment of learning analytics to student wellbeing, specifically to identify changes in students' behaviours. From research into the analysis of social media behaviours and message sentiment, it is possible to identify the onset of a depressive period. This is beyond the scope of our role, but is it possible to identify student behaviours that are of concern?
In this session, Samantha will explore why this is deemed necessary, how learning analytics may be used to identify these behaviours and what the ethical and legal issues may be in doing so.
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Samantha is an experienced educator, technologist and creator. She has held roles in IT education both as a secondary school educator and professional IT trainer, and was a Senior Information Security Officer (Awareness). She is well qualified with a PGDip in ICT in Education and MSc in Intelligent Systems, plus is an Associate of ISC^2 (CISSP). She is currently working on an Exploratory Learning Analytics project for University College London.