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Investigating the role of learning analytics on assessment and learning of clinical skills

*Please note, this project is self-funded*

Project details

First supervisor: Dr Jonathan San Diego

Duration: 3 years full-time / 4 years full-time (with MRes option) / 7 years part-time

Mode of study: Full-time (preferable) or part-time

Funding: Self-funded

Eligibility: Open to all

Application deadline: Open until a suitable candidate is found

Reference number: 2017/DI/24 

Project description

Learning in the digital age gives educational institutions opportunities to gather rich data which could be used for inferring the progress of learners in learning technologies and environments.  These digital data can include records of computer operations in the form of log data of students’ activities, feedback provided by teachers, academic performance, etc. However, while large amounts of data are available, little interpretation about them is being made.

This project will examine digital data from several sources (e.g. Virtual Learning Environment usage, lecture capture logs, access to digital readings and teachers’ clinical feedback from a mobile app) to explore the kinds of insights that can be drawn through doing some ‘basic’ learning analytics. Learning analytics is a means to gather and analyse online learning activities captured digitally (for more information about learning analytics, see the 2016 Horizon Report1). There is much to learn from analysing such ‘learning’ data, but for dental education it is important to understand how these data can be related to learning of knowledge and skills that are particular to the dental discipline and profession. The analysis of these digital data will be complemented with observational studies, surveys and interviews. 

Research training

Training can be provided through Research Methods degree.

Person specification

Any applicants with interest in Dental Education and Learning Technology research.

To view entry requirements and further information, see the Dental and Health Sciences Research MPhil/PhD. 

Next steps

How to apply

Please apply online at following these steps:

  1. Register a new account/login
  2. Once logged in, select Create a new application
  3. Enter ‘Dental and Health Sciences Research MPhil/PhD (Full-time/Part-time)' under Choose a programme. Please ensure you select the correct mode of study
  4. Select a start date from the list under Entry requirements on this webpage.

Please note: Applicants must include the project reference number in the 'Research proposal' section of the application.

Contact for further information

Dr Jonathan San Diego (

For further information on education research, see Centre for Dental Education.

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