LJMU is poised to gain a specialist reputation in the analysis of educational data after securing a major grant to launch a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in partnership with the University of Technology Malaysia.
The School of Education wants to support education professionals to organise, analyse and interpret the big data collected on student activities, engagement and achievement in their institutions.
The MOOC will be created with UTM after winning a £53,000 British Council grant which adds to the scope of a UK-Malaysia consortium being led by LJMU.
The learning programme will be offered initially through UTM’s Virtual Learning Environment and developed with students recruited from UTM and LJMU postgraduates in Education.
Lead researcher and Head of Professional Learning at the School of Education, Dr Frances Tracy said: “the objective is to help educators reflect on their policy and practice and to feel more empowered in responding to categorisations imposed by the processes of data analytics.
“Data is widely collected and used in the evaluation of education quality whether in the context of a single primary school or a whole University.”
Frances and her opposite number in Malaysia, Dr Nurbiha Shukor hope the project will raise the profile of UTM and LJMU in the field of data analytics in education and create an international community of practice for support in this area.
They also say the new ‘international curriculum’ will potentially help postgraduate students of Education to supplement their skillset in data analytics.
The partnership will support alignment with the Experiential Learning and Competency-Based Education Landscape (EXCEL) in Malaysia and the JISC Building Digital Capability Framework (2019) in the UK.
The JMU team comprises: Dr Tracy, Dr Matt McLain, Phil Rothwell and Dr Graham Downes.
Dr. Emma Roberts,
Associate Dean for Global Engagement (APSS) & Programme Leader:
Successful Bid: £53,300 for UK-Malaysia University Partnership Catalyst Grant 2023-24
Led by Dr Frances Tracy at the School of Education, Liverpool John Moores University and Dr Shukor at the School of Education, Univeristi Technologi Malaysia
i-Digitics: An International Partnership for Graduate Digital Future Work Skills in Data Analytics
This is a new partnership to create an international, authentic online learning environment for ongoing development of digital capabilities in Data Analytics and critical reflection on
their implementation. We have shared goals and challenges for meeting the needs of students at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) to develop
future employability skills for a workplace driven by technological change. Our partnership will support alignment with the Experiential Learning and Competency-Based Education Landscape (EXCEL)
in Malaysia and the JISC Building Digital Capability Framework (2019) in the UK. We aim for long-term sustainable impact through establishing an international curriculum for developing future work
skills within an online community of practice.
Project team LJMU:
Dr Frances Tracy
Dr Matt McLain
Dr Graham Downes
Project Team UTM:
Dr Nurbiha Shukor
Dr Noor Halim
Dr Norah Noor
Associated Partner Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM):
Dr Aini Marina Ma’rof