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Karen Foster

Karen Foster

Executive Director of Data Analytics,
Jisc

Karen is Executive Director Data Analytics recently joining Jisc with the merger of the HESA Data Analytics team in September to create a new data analytics directorate for the HE sector. The focus of the new directorate will build on services such as analytics for teaching and learning, delivering business intelligence through products such as Heidi Plus for HE providers, the public sector and charities, and building  digital and data capability of FE and HE Karen started working in Higher Education when she joined HESA 4 years ago as Managing Director HESA Enterprise  having previously worked in health Intelligence in Public Health England. She has worked across public and private sectors in business change and development roles, she is a chartered educational psychologist and worked in education in her early career as a teacher and headteacher  

  • Exploring the importance of data in providing insights to tackle strategic challenges and achieve goals and improvements for both students and staff
  • Sharing updates and latest trends from Jisc’s Learning Analytics Research Group on research into learning analytics including curriculum, retention and wellbeing analytics
  • Outlining strategic approaches and the principles of Jisc’s sector-wide model to help more HE institutions use data to develop learning analytics
  • Using data and analytics to enhance the curriculum, learning, teaching and the student experience