Jim Gee

Arizona State University

Dr. James Paul Gee is the Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies and a Regents’ Professor at Arizona State University. He is a member of the National Academy of Education. He earned his BA in philosophy at the University of California at Santa Barbara and his MA and PhD in linguistics from Stanford University. He has been a faculty member at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts; Boston University; University of Southern California; Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts; and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He works in both linguistics and education.

Keynote Speakers

Dragan Gašević

Monash University

Dragan Gašević is Professor of Learning Analytics in the Faculty of Education and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University. Before the current post (Feb 2015-Feb 2018), he was Professor and Chair in Learning Analytics and Informatics in the Moray House School of Education and the School of Informatics and Co-Director of Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. He was the Canada Research Chair in Semantic and Learning Technologies and Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems at Athabasca University between Jan 2007 and Jan 2015. He served as the immediate past President (2015-2017) of the Society for Learning Analytics Research and holds several honorary appointments in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, UK, and USA.

Golnaz Arastoopour Irgens

Clemson University

Golnaz Arastoopour Irgens is Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences in the College of Education at Clemson University. She earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, M.A. in Mathematics Education from Teachers College at Columbia University, M.S. and Ph.D. in Learning Sciences from the University of Wisconsin, and postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University. Golnaz is a former middle school computer science and high school mathematics teacher. Her research focuses on designing inclusive STEM digital learning environments and measuring connected thinking. 

Invited Symposium

Simon Buckingham Shum

University of Technology Sydney

Simon has a background in Psychology (B.Sc., York), Ergonomics (M.Sc., UCL) and Human-Computer Interaction (Ph.D., York, in collaboration with Rank Xerox EuroPARC). This informs his human-centred computing perspective to the challenge of building analytics, collective intelligence and sensemaking tools. Simon is a co-founder of the Society for Learning Analytics Research which catalyses dialogue at the intersection of data science and education among researchers, educators, policymakers and vendors. He has served as a Vice-President, and continues as an Executive member. He is a Fellow of The RSA.

Karin Frey

University of Washington

Karin Frey is a Research Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Washington in the College of Education. Her research focuses on contextual influences on revenge, helping behavior, self-identity and resilience. She earned her Ph.D in developmental psychology at the University of Washington and Post-doc in social psychology at Princeton University as a NIH fellowship. She is also the PI of the Sociomoral Action and Identity Lab (SAIL) that examines the influences of friends, cultural norms, and perceived peer norms in a sample of Indigenous-, Mexican-, European-, and African-Americans.


Jun Oshima

Shizuoka University

Jun is a professor at the Graduate School of Integrated Science and Technology at Shizuoka University, Japan. His research areas include the Learning Sciences, the design of learning environments, social network analysis of cognitive intelligence, regulation of collaboration, and design-based research on elementary science curriculum. In addition to these areas of research, he serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of the Learning Sciences and the International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Professors Carl Bereiter and Marlene Scardamalia.


Adam Lefstein

Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Adam Lefstein is Associate Professor in Education at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, where he conducts research and teaches about pedagogy, classroom interaction, teacher learning and educational change. He’s particularly interested in the intersection between research and professional practice, and how to conduct research that is meaningful, rigorous and helpful for educators. Among other activities he directs the Laboratory for the Study of Pedagogy, an interdisciplinary research group that is committed to rigorous investigation of Israeli schooling, pedagogy and educational policy; the development of innovative research tools for the study of these phenomena; and processes of knowledge sharing with education practitioners, policy-makers and the public.

Inaugural Address

David Williamson Shaffer

University of Wisconsin-Madison

David Williamson Shaffer is the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Wisconsin in the Department of Educational Psychology. He is also the Obel Professor of Learning Analytics at Aalborg University in Copenhagen, and a Data Philosopher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. Professor Shaffer studies how to develop and assess complex and collaborative thinking skills. He is the author of How Computer Games Help Children Learn and Quantitative Ethnography.

Program Committee Chair

Morten Misfeldt

Aalborg University

Morten Misfeldt is a Professor of Learning and Philosophy in the Department of Education at Aalborg University. He obtained his MS degree in mathematics from the University of Copenhagen. He was a visiting scholar at the MIT Media Lab, and in 2006 he got his Ph.D from Learning Lab Denmark, the Danish School of Education. His research concentrates on how new media changes human capacities in relation to thinking and communication, mathematical creativity, and innovative processes in general. He is also a member of the program committee of the 4th European Workshop on MathML and Scientific e-Contents.