A novel approach to digital data and excellence in learning analytics has secured GOODOLDAI Member, Dr Vitomir Kovanović a 2021 Young Tall Poppy Science Award.

A Senior Lecturer at the University of South Australia’s Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L), Dr Kovanović has been acknowledged as a South Australian Tall Poppy Scientist for 2021 for his innovative use of data science and machine learning to improve teaching and learning in Australian schools.

The annual Young Tall Poppy Science Awards – an initiative of the Australian Institute of Policy and Science – recognise achievement in the sciences and helps to communicate the passion and purpose of Australia’s finest scientists.

Dr Kovanović’s research focuses on developing novel learning analytics systems that use student-generated data and learning management systems to provide important insights for student learning.

Since completing his PhD at the University of Edinburgh four years ago, Dr Kovanovic has developed a strong research track record with over 50 peer-reviewed publications and several international research collaborations. In 2019 year, he was named a ‘Rising star’, one of Australia’s top 40 early career researchers and one of the five most-cited early career researchers in social sciences.