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De Laat, Maarten F.

Professor, School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences

Overview


Maarten de Laat is professor in the School of Education at the University of Wollongong, where his work focuses on informal learning and social capital development in networks and organisations. His research addresses learning and professional development, with a specific interest in the impact technology, AI, learning analytics and social design has on the way social networks and communities work, learn and innovate.

My research focuses on:

- The study of social learning and knowledge creation mechanisms through understanding participation in networked learning, communities of practice and crowds in education and workplaces.

- Contributing to the value creation framework to raise awareness, ability and appreciation of social learning and knowledge creation.

- Exploring AI and Learning Analytics application to enhance, model and predict social learning and knowledge creation in formal and informal settings.

- Supporting social learning and knowledge creation with technology development, implementation and professional development.

My research approach is driven by practice-based research to increase research impact and usability by promoting a dialogue between practice and theory. Advancing theory and building tools to support learning in schools and organizations is a collective activity aimed at co-creating knowledge and solutions through partnerships.

Through my work I develop social analytics to raise awareness and promote open and transparent information about social activity accessible to all participants. This is based on the conviction that AI and learning analytics tools should enrich peoples’ ability to learn and help them to make informed choices about their learning opportunities and whom/what to connect with as a learner. This is done through mixed method research including, social network analysis, epistemic/discourse analysis and contextual analysis to uncover and model social learning relations and their impact on learning and knowledge creation.

In general, my work addresses networked learning and professional development, with a specific interest in informal learning and knowledge creation through (digital) social networks and communities, and the impact technology, learning analytics and social design has on the way networks and communities work, learn and innovate.

Current interests are the development and application of AI and analytics in Education and the Learning Sciences.

Selected Publications


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Master of Philosophy Sociology and Open Education Resources: Designing, Developing, and Implementing an Introductory Sociology OpenCourseWare Bell, Kenton

Selected Publications


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Master of Philosophy Sociology and Open Education Resources: Designing, Developing, and Implementing an Introductory Sociology OpenCourseWare Bell, Kenton
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