Professor Shane Dawson is the Executive Dean of Education Futures and Co-Director of the Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L) at the University of South Australia. Shane’s research focuses on the application of learning analytics to inform learning design, educational technologies and overall teaching and learning quality. He has published widely on topics from creative capacity to social network analysis and more recently, on the application of complexity models in learning analytics.
His current research interests relate to complex systems and academic leadership to aid adoption and application of learning analytics at scale. With the support of many talented colleagues, Shane has been involved in the development of numerous open source software including the Online Video Annotations for Learning (OVAL) tool, OnTask (a personalised learner feedback tool), and SNAPP, a social network visualization tool designed for teaching staff to better understand, identify and evaluate student learning, engagement, academic performance and creative capacity.