Ryan Baker

Guest Blogger

Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ryan Baker is an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and Director of the Penn Center for Learning Analytics. His lab conducts research on engagement and robust learning within online and blended learning, seeking to find actionable indicators that can be used today but which predict future student outcomes.

Baker has developed models that can automatically detect student engagement in over a dozen online learning environments and has led the development of an observational protocol and app for field observation of student engagement that has been used by over 150 researchers in seven countries. Predictive analytics models he helped
develop have been used to benefit over a million students, over a hundred thousand people have taken MOOCs he ran, and he has coordinated longitudinal studies that spanned over a decade.

He was the founding president of the International Educational Data Mining Society, is currently serving as Editor of the journal Computer-Based Learning in Context, is Associate Editor of the Journal of Educational Data Mining, was the first technical director of the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center DataShop, and currently serves as Co-Director of the MOOC Replication Framework (MORF).

Baker has co-authored published papers with over 400 colleagues.

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Posted Nov. 10, 2021

To Improve EdTech, Focus on the Teachers and Students Who Use It

When the iPhone was introduced in 2007, much of the technology behind it had already existed for several years. “Technically…

By Ryan Baker

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Posted Nov. 22, 2021

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

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