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Learning analytics initiative contacts and member profiles


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Alan BergUvACoordinatora.m.berg AT uva punt nlamberg1
Kate ValentiUniconAlan likes to call me the Marketeerkvalenti AT unicondotnetkatevalenti
Patrick LynchUniversity of HullCommunicationsp dot lynch AT hull dot ac dot ukthebigparticle
Lindsay PinedaUniconTeam memberlpineda AT unicondotnetN/A



Lindsay Pineda

Lindsay Pineda has a rich background in learner/predictive analytics. She worked with the University of Phoenix for 11 years and for the last few years of her employment there, focused on helping to develop, implement and execute a proprietary predictive modeling technology that has proven to be successful in predicting student course persistence on a week to week basis. The model predicts with 97% accuracy for Associates, Bachelors and Masters level students and applies to any course the student takes. Lindsay worked exclusively with this new technology for over two years and has immersed herself in learner/predictive analytics research, practical applications and explored various analytics software such as Tableau, RapidMiner and Gephi. She speaks at conferences (ex – ELI, Feb 2015) regarding the practice of using analytic data and has become an advocate for educating others on how to use the data to assist them with creating an increasingly positive student experience as well as contribute positively to overall academics analytics (including ROI, increased retention rates and increased graduation rates).  

Kate Valenti

Kate Valenti is the Senior Director of Integration and Analytics Services for Unicon, a leading provider of IT consulting, services, and support for education technology.  Ms. Valenti has 14+ years of consulting experience focused on enterprise application integration and deployment across the education, healthcare, and energy industries. Most recently, Ms. Valenti was engaged in a strategic management role for a large Unicon client where she developed and led a third-party integration services program.  Prior to that, she helped this same client define its integration delivery strategy, build its integration services team, and deliver dozens of integrated solutions to the market.  Ms. Valenti has extensive experience in defining, building, and leading professional services teams, leading software development and quality assurance teams, and facilitating implementation planning sessions. She has also participated in the IMS standards community through her team's active use of LTI and LIS, and is an active member of the Apereo Learning Analytics Initiative (LAI). 

Ms. Valenti's client experience while at Unicon has ranged from consulting for colleges and universities such as University of Michigan, Rutgers, Sacramento State, and University of Georgia - Athens, to engagements with many Higher Education publishers, such as Pearson Education, Cengage Learning, McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons, and Scholastic. She also has experience with professional education providers such as Apollo Group, a leading provider of adult online higher education, and Western Governors University.  Prior to joining Unicon in 2003, Ms. Valenti worked at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young as a management consultant with a focus on enterprise application integration. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.  She holds a Project Management Professional credential (PMP), a Certified Scrum Master certification (CSM), and a Project Management Professional Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) credential.  Ms. Valenti lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband and son.

Patrick Lynch

Patrick is a Technology Enhanced Learning Adviser at the University of Hull in the UK. Patrick has worked in eLearning (as we used to call it) for 20 years and higher education for even longer. Patrick helps the community by coordinating communication for the Apereo Learning Analytics Initiative. In learning analytics, Patrick's particular interests focus on the learning. Patrick is exploring where learning analytics can help learners improve their own performance and where analytics can help faculty improve their teaching. Visualisation and dashboards are becoming an obsession. Patrick has attracted funding for a number of projects within the University and also contributes to broader University learning analytics projects seeking to improve retention. Patrick leads two modules on the MEd in eLearning and contributes to the Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice. Although Patrick's first work was as a programmer, which he has continued sporadically to participate in secretly, he prefers to pretend publicly these days that he isn't technical at all.






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