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Executive Dean UniSA Education Futures, University of South Australia

Shane Dawson is the Executive Dean Education Futures and Professor of Learning Analytics at the University of South Australia. Shane's research focuses on the use of social network analysis and learner ICT interaction data to inform and benchmark teaching and learning quality. Shane is a founding executive member of the Society for Learning Analytics Research and past program and conference chair of the International Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference. He is a co-developer of numerous open source software including the Online Video Annotations for Learning (OVAL) 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.


  • –present
    Professor Learning Analytics and Director of the Teaching Innovation Unit, University of South Australia


  • 2007 
    Queensland University of Technology, PhD