Learning Analytics for the Social Media Age

Funded by a $478,622 Insight Grant (2013-2018) from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada(SSHRC).

This major five-year (2013-2018) research initiative is designed to address the question “How do social media networks influence educational models?” The project involves developing novel learning analytics for the social media age. Learning analytics is “the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs.” One of the primary goals of this initiative is to devise new theoretical and technical solutions that will help educators and researchers to study learning processes in social media. Another goal of the initiative is to provide educators and learners with tools that will help them to determine whether their particular use of social media is beneficial to their teaching or learning.


Principal Investigators:

  • Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd, Ryerson University
  • Dr. Caroline Haythornthwaite,  Syracuse University

Postdoctoral Fellows:

  • Priya Kumar, Ryerson University
  • Nadia Conroy, Ryerson University

Doctoral students:

  • Drew Paulin, Doctoral Candidate, iSchool, University of British Columbia
  • Sarah Gilbert, Doctoral Candidate, iSchool, University of British Columbia
  • James Lannigan, Doctoral Candidate, iSchool, University of Toronto


  • Dr. Marc Esteve Del Valle, University of Groningen

Former Collaborators:

  • Dr. Rafa Absar, Department of Computer Science, Clarkson University
  • Dr. Regina Collins, Information Systems, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Xiao Hu, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

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