2023 Global Human Engagement Conference

‘Engagement for Future:
Learning & People Analytics’


Keynote Speaker

George Siemens is Professor and Director of the Center for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L) at University of South Australia and is a Professor of Practice in Psychology at University of Texas, Arlington and administers the Masters of Science in Learning Analytics. George Siemens researches how human and artificial cognition intersect in knowledge processes. He has delivered keynote addresses in more than 40 countries on the influence of technology and media on education, organizations, and society. His work has been profiled in provincial, national, and international newspapers (including NY Times), radio, and television. He has served as PI or Co-PI on grants funded by NSF, SSHRC (Canada), OLT (Australia), Intel, Boeing, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Soros Foundation. He has received numerous awards, including honorary doctorates from Universidad de San Martín de Porres and Fraser Valley University for his pioneering work in learning, technology, and networks. He holds an honorary professorship with University of Edinburgh.

Dr. Siemens is a founding President of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (http://www.solaresearch.org/). He has advised government agencies Australia, European Union, Canada and United States, as well as numerous international universities, on digital learning and utilizing learning analytics for assessing and evaluating productivity gains in the education sector and improving learner results. In 2008, he pioneered massive open online courses (sometimes referred to as MOOCs). His current projects, Global Research Alliance for AI in Learning and Education (GRAILE – www.graile.ai) and SenseAI focus on analyzing how AI is deployed in learning and knowledge settings and the leadership capabilities needed to enable and support this work.

Presentation Speakers

Bart Rienties is a Professor of Learning Analytics, Open University UK, Institute of Educational Technology. He has over twenty years of experience in designing, researching and evaluating blended and online learning programmes in higher education and professional learning. Bart is Professor of Learning Analytics and programme director of the learning analytics and learning design research programme at the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University UK. As programme director he leads a group of academics who provide university-wide learning analytics and learning design solutions and conduct evidence-based research of how students and professionals learn. Over the last 20 years he has successfully led a range of institutional/national/European projects, and has received a range of awards for his educational innovation projects. These projects include a range of EU projects (AIT, Evaluate, LACE, LEAP, Teach 4.0), ESRC IDEAS, Leverhulme Open World Learning, and OFS Learning Gains, which focussed on learning analytics, evidence-based evaluations, and large-scale adoptions of innovation. Furthermore, he is programme lead of the learning analytics and learning design research theme within IET. Bart conducts multi-disciplinary research on work-based and collaborative learning environments and focuses on the role of social interaction in learning, which is published in leading academic journals and books. His primary research interests are focussed on Learning Analytics, Professional Development, and the role of motivation in learning. Furthermore, Bart is interested in broader internationalisation aspects of higher education. He has published over 280 academic outputs, and is the 4th most cited author and contributor in Learning Analytics in the period 2011-2018.

Linda Corrin is an Associate Professor & Associate Driector of learning innovation(Business and Law) at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. Her research focuses on how learning analytics can be used to provide meaningful and timely feedback to teachers and students, as well as the ethical aspects of learning analytics implementation and use. She is the coordinator of the Victorian/Tasmanian Learning Analytics Network and a co-coordinator of the ASCILITE Learning Analytics Special Interest Group. Linda is also a lead editor of the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology.

Nigel Guenole is a Senior Lecturer and director of research for the Institute of Management at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is an expert in HR analytics. He worked for many years at IBM where he was an associate partner and director of artificial intelligence consulting for the talent management solutions business. The team he led won an IBM eminence and excellence award for its work integrating behavioural and machine learning approaches to talent management. Nigel is author of the best-selling people analytics book, 'The Power of People: Learn how successful organisations use workforce analytics to improve business performance'. He recently co-edited a special issue on people analytics at the Human Resource Management Journal. His current work focuses on people analytics with a particular focus on causal inference.

Amy L. Reschly is professor and Department Head of Educational Psychology at the University of Georgia. She is a leading scholar in the areas of student engagement, high school completion, and family engagement in multi-tiered systems of support. She is the co-editor of the Handbook of Research on Student Engagement (1st and 2nd editions), the Handbook of Student Engagement Interventions: Working with Disengaged Youth, Student Engagement: Effective Academic, Behavioral, Cognitive, and Affective Interventions at School, and the Handbook of School-Family Partnerships. She has authored over 30 book chapters and 40 peer-reviewed articles. She is a co-author of the Student Engagement Instrument.

Johnmarshall Reeve is a Professor in the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney, Australia. He received his PhD from Texas Christian University and completed postdoctoral work at the University of Rochester. His research focuses on all aspects of human motivation and emotion, but mostly on autonomy-supportive teaching, students’ agentic engagement, and the neuroscience of intrinsic motivation. He has published 4 books and 86 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Educational Psychology and American Psychologist. Prof. Reeve served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Motivation and Emotion (2011-2017). Additional information is available at johnmarshallreeve.com

Kent McIntosh is Associate Professor in the College of Education at the University of Oregon, where he is also Director of the Educational and Community Supports research unit. His current research focuses on implementation and sustainability of school-based interventions, reducing racial discipline disparities, and integrated academic and behavior support. He is lead author of over 90 peer reviewed journal articles, presenter of over 50 keynote addresses, and principal or co-investigator of over $60 million in federal grant funding. He is Co-Director of the Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and facilitator of the Center’s Equity Workgroup, as well as a founding member of the PBIS-SCP Canada Network. His awards received to date include Article of the Year from APA’s Division 16, CEC’s Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders, the Distinguished Early Career Research Award from CEC’s Division of Research, and the Fund for Faculty Excellence Award from the University of Oregon. He has also worked as a school psychologist, teacher trainer, and teacher in both general and special education.

Jennifer Greif Green is an Associate Professor of Education at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. She conducts research on school-based mental health services and bullying prevention.

Arnold B. Bakker is professor of Work & Organizational Psychology at Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands (since 2006), and (distinguished) visiting professor at North-West University, University of Johannesburg (both in South Africa), the University of Bergen (Norway), and the University of Zagreb (Croatia). His research interests include Job Demands - Resources theory, job crafting, playful work design, work engagement, and the work-family interface. Arnold Bakker belongs to the most cited scientists across disciplines in the world. Since 2014, he is included in Thomson Reuters’ list of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds”.

Alan Saks is a Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management at the University of Toronto where he holds a joint appointment and teaches in the Department of Management-UTSC and the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources. Professor Saks has conducted research on a number of topics in organizational behavior and human resources management including recruitment, job search, training, employee engagement, and the socialization of new employees. His research has been published in refereed journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and the Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance. Professor Saks is the co-author of three textbooks including Organizational Behaviour: Understanding and Managing Life at Work, Managing Performance through Training & Development, and Research, Measurement, and Evaluation of Human Resources as well as co-author of the recently published book, Advanced Introduction to Employee Engagement.

Hae-Deok Song is a Professor of Educational Technology at Chung-Ang University. He is currently the Dean of Graduate School of Human Resource Development and Director of Da Vinci Institute of Learning Innovation at Chung-Ang University. He served as the Chairman of The Korean Society For Human Resource Development and Vice Chairman of The Korean Society for Educational Technology. His primary research interests are in the engagement in the technology-enhanced learning environments and learning analytics in schools and corporations. He is a member of The Presidential Committee on the 4th Industrial Revolution and Advisory Committee on University Distance Education of the Ministry of Education in South Korea. His research has been funded through multiple funders, including the Ministry of Education and National Research Foundation of Korea.

Ah Jeong Hong is a Professor in the Department of Education at Chung-Ang University. She is the Vice Dean of the Graduate School of Education and the chair of the Department of Education at Chung-Ang University. Her research topic focuses on adult learning and engagement in the workplace. She is working to develop a integrated Korean engagement model that will enhance learning and engagement in the workplace.

Yunseong Jo is a Research Professor at Chung-Ang University in Seoul. His work has centered around engagement, measurement and assessment in HRD. He received an Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award given by The Korean Society For Human Resource Development in 2018. In the last four years, he has applied engagement theories and models to various organizations and developed new scales such as Korean Employee Engagement Scale. Currently, he has participated in a number of projects including developing engagement panel survey and student engagement scale for undergraduates.