Conversations in Learning Analytics

Webinars, Conversations & Assistance

The Learning Analytics master’s program is proud to present a series of webinars to engage meaningful discussions in the learning analytics community. In addition to program overview webinars, the series also includes topics including industry outlook, innovation, and equity. Click on a webinar title for a description and registration link. We hope you join us!


Note: All webinars are hosted on Zoom and registrants will be sent an email confirmation containing information and links to join the session.

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Program Overviews

Each session will be hosted by program director Dr. Julia Rutledge and program enrollment coach Pat Walsh. It will include an overview of the curriculum, cohort logistics, application process, and career outlook in the field of learning analytics. Open questions are welcomed.

Sign Up: 2/24/21  Wednesday, February 24 | 12-12:30CT

Sign Up: 4/21/21  Wednesday, April 21 | 12-12:30CT


Faculty Spotlights & More

Each session will be hosted by program director Dr. Julia Rutledge and will feature commentary from the session’s guest speaker. Topics are timely and action-oriented, and questions are welcomed.


Instructional Designer Maria WidmerMaria Widmer, M.Ed.: Innovation in Instructional Design: Join Maria Widmer, UW-Madison School of Education’s instructional designer, as she discusses her role as the online instructional strategist for the Learning Analytics program. Widmer will address her background and how the Learning Analytics curriculum prepares those interested in applying analytics in the instructional design field.

Sign Up: 1/20/21 Wednesday, January 20 | 4-4:30CT


Golnaz Arastoopour Irgens headshotCommitment to Equity: Join UW Learning Sciences alumna Dr. Golnaz Aroostapour Irgens to discuss how the field of learning analytics plays a significant role in bridging the achievement gap. Learn about the Learning Analytics program’s Commitment to Equity initiative, as well as its newly announced scholarship.

Sign Up: 2/9/21  Tuesday, February 9 | 12-12:30CT


Libby Pier headshotDr. Libby Pier: Practitioner in the Field: Join Dr. Elizabeth Pier, research manager at Education Analytics, as she discusses momentum in the field of learning analytics. Dr. Pier will talk about the role of learning analytics in cutting edge national and international educational research and how the Learning Analytics program prepares students to design and conduct impactful research agendas.

Sign Up: 3/17/21  Wednesday, March 17 |  4-4:30CT


Enrollment Coach Pat WalshApplication Assistance: Join enrollment coach Pat Walsh and learn strategies to make your learning analytics graduate application stand out.

Sign Up: 3/26/21  Friday, March 26 | 5-5:30 p.m.

Sign Up: 5/11/21  Tuesday, May 11 | 12-12:30 p.m.


Chat with Pat, our Enrollment Coach

Pat Walsh, Enrollment Coach

I work with prospective students considering the Learning Analytics master’s program. Most people, no matter what program interests them, share many of the same concerns. My favorite part of my work is hearing about a prospective student’s dream of getting the promotion, changing careers, or advancing their expertise. I am here to answer whatever questions you have about UW–Madison and to welcome you into the Badger family.

Contact me directly: or 608/327-9789