One of our associated research groups, the Learning, Cognition, and Brain Sciences research group (LCBS), will be hosting a couple guests from Beijing Normal University the coming week. Dr. Qinhua Zheng and Dr. Jingjing Zhang will join the LCBS meeting and informally discuss their research, primarily involving learning analytics, educational data mining, and educational technologies more broadly. Anyone interested in joining the meeting and hearing about their research is most welcome to do so.
Date: 14th of February; Time: 10am-12pm; Location: CoCo Lab (Room 237 in the Education Building, University of Sydney)
Dr. Qinhua Zheng is associate dean of School of Education Technology and director of Research Centre of Distance Education at Beijing Normal University (BNU). Since 2009, he has worked as an associate professor in Research Center of Distance Education, BNU. Areas of his research interests include the cost-effectiveness analysis of distance education, quality assurance of e-learning，Massive Online Open Courses; learning analytics. These years, his researches mainly focused on how to build the model to explain the online learners’ competency during their web-based learning, and how to use data to show and assess the learners’ situation. He has developed the software “Wisdom Line” to give supports to the online learning institutes in China based the researches.
Dr. Jingjing Zhang received her BSc in Computer Science from BNU, an MRes from University College London (UCL), an MSc and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. As an undergraduate, she was awarded 2003 AIEJ Scholarship for a one-year exchange study at Tokyo Gakugei University. At the University of Oxford (MSc, DPhil), she was a Clarendon scholar and a member of Brasenose College (funded by ORS scholarship). She now directs the Big Data Centre for Technology-mediated Education at the Faculty of Education of BNU, specialising in learning and technology. Before joining BNU, she was first trained in Directorate for Education, OECD Paris, and then interned at the Department of Management, the UN headquarters New York. Dr. Zhang’s work focuses on developing data mining techniques (e.g., complex networking analysis) to explore human relationships and activities online, particularly in the learning sciences. This includes the impact on learning and collaboration in using open educational resources (OERs), massive open online courses (MOOCs), and knowledge visualization.