About me

I am a Ph.D. student and research assistant at School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, the United Kingdom. I work in the area of Learning Analytics and Educational Data Mining under the supervision of Prof. Dragan GaševićProf. George Siemens from the University of Texas at Arlington, and Prof. Marek Hatala from Simon Fraser University. My Ph.D. research is focused on the development of novel learning analytics methods based on the trace data collected by learning management systems and their use to improve inquiry-based online education. I also work as a part-time research assistant at the LINK research lab at the University of Texas at Arlington and data scientist for Genuine Market Research.

Research interests

  • Data Analytics & Big Data
  • Data Mining
  • Learning Analytics
  • Educational Data Mining
  • Discourse and content analytics
  • Inquiry-based Learning
  • Self-regulated and social learning
  • Massive Open Online Courses
  • Digital, distance and online education
  • Text Mining
  • Social Network Analysis

At the Beijing Summer Palace after the KDD’12 conference.

Recent publications

Tools for educational data mining: A review

Journal articlePublished
Slater, S., Joksimovic, S., Kovanovic, V., Baker, R. S., Gasevic, D.
Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, (published online on Sept 20, 2016, before print)
Publication year: 2016

Profiling of MOOC Course Returners: How Does Student Behavior Change Between Two Course Enrollments?

PosterPublished
Kovanović, V., Joksimović, S., Gašević, D., Owers, J., Scott, A.-M., Woodgate, A.
Proceedings of the Third Annual ACM Conference on Learning at Scale (L@S 2016) , April 25-26, 2016, Edinburgh, UK, Pages 269-272, ACM, New York, NY, USA.
Publication year: 2016

Towards Automated Content Analysis of Discussion Transcripts: A Cognitive Presence Case

Conference paperPublished
Kovanović, V., Joksimović, S., Waters, Z., Gašević, D., Kitto, K., Hatala, M., & Siemens, G.
Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK16), April 25-29, 2016, Edinburgh, UK, Pages 15-24, ACM, New York, NY, USA.
Publication year: 2016

Translating network position into performance: Importance of Centrality in Different Network Configurations

Best-paper nomineeConference paperPublished
Joksimović, S., Manataki, A., Gašević, D., Dawson, S., Kovanović, V., & de Kereki, I. F.
Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK16), April 25-29, 2016, Edinburgh, UK, Pages 314-323, ACM, New York, NY, USA.
Publication year: 2016

Selected publications

Tools for educational data mining: A review

Journal articlePublished
Slater, S., Joksimovic, S., Kovanovic, V., Baker, R. S., Gasevic, D.
Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, (published online on Sept 20, 2016, before print)
Publication year: 2016

Penetrating the Black Box of Time-on-task Estimation

Best-paper awardConference paperPublished
Kovanović, V., Gašević, D., Dawson, S., Joksimović, S., Baker, R. S. J. d, & Hatala, M.
Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK15), March 16-20, 2015, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA, Pages 64-68, ACM, New York, NY, USA.
Publication year: 2015

Where is Research on Massive Open Online Courses Headed? – A data analysis of the MOOC Research Initiative

Journal articleOpen accessPublished
Gašević, D., Kovanović, V., Joksimović, S., & Siemens, G.
The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, Volume 15, Issue 5, November 2014, Pages 134–176
Publication year: 2014

Externally-facilitated regulation scaffolding and role assignment to develop cognitive presence in asynchronous online discussions

Journal articlePublished
Gašević, D., Adesope, O., Joksimović, S., & Kovanović, V.
The Internet and Higher Education, Volume 24, January 2015, Pages 53–65
Publication year: 2015

What public media reveals about MOOCs: A systematic analysis of news reports

Journal articlePublished
Kovanović, V., Joksimović, S., Gašević, D., Siemens, G., & Hatala, M.
British Journal of Educational Technology, Volume 46, Issue 3, May 2015, 510–527
Publication year: 2015

Does Time-on-task Estimation Matter? Implications on Validity of Learning Analytics Findings

Journal articleOpen accessPublished
Kovanović, V., Gašević, D., Dawson, S., Joksimović, S., Baker, R. S., & Hatala, M.
Journal of Learning Analytics, Volume 2, Issue 3, 2015, 81-110
Publication year: 2016

Highlights

  •    Authored and co-authored 38 peer-reviewed research publications: 3 book chapters, 16 journal articles, 13 conference papers, 2 workshop papers, and 4 technical reports.
  •    Number of Google scholar citations: 299 . H-index: 10
  •    Best paper awards at LAK15 and HERDSA15 conferences
  •    Program co-chair for the Third International Learning With MOOCs conference (LWMOOCs'16), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
  •    Local chair for the 6th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference (LAK'16), University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  •    Research assistant at the LINK research lab, the University of Texas at Arlington
  •    One of the authors of the ``Preparing for the digital university`` report that was covered by the Chronicle of Higher Education
  •    Reviewer for several journals in the field of Learning Analytics and Educational Data Mining: Journal of Learning Analytics, The Internet and Higher Education, Big Data & Society, Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies
  •    Principal investigator on the JISC awarded project (£5,000)
  •    Involved in several Learning Analytics research initiatives (MRI, HLDAEDM, DALMOOC)
  •    Organizer of two tutorials on Learning analytics and Educational Data Mining

Education

  • Ph.D. Sep 2011 - May 2017 (expected)

    Ph.D. in Informatics

    School of Informatics, The University of Edinburgh, UK

  • M.Sc. Dec 2009 - Sep 2011

    M.Sc. in Software Engineering

    The University of Belgrade, Serbia

  • B.Sc. Oct 2003 - Oct 2009

    B.Sc. in Information Systems

    The University of Belgrade, Serbia

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